Foodtopia, the first international street food festival in Lisbon, brought together more than 50 chefs, 13 Michelin-starred restaurants, music and artistic shows on July 2 and 3.
With Brazilian Alex Atala (owner of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant “Dom” in Sao Paulo) as official ambassador, the event showcased “veterans and cooks of the new generation,” as well as highlighting a delegation dedicated to French food.
During Foodtopia, which took place at the Tropical Botanical Garden of the University of Lisbon, in Belem, the chefs cooked up ingredients and narratives in an idyllic setting. Portuguese haute cuisine was of course the center of attention, with the presence of chefs from restaurants with two Michelin stars such as Rui Paula (Casa de Cha da Boa Nova), Henrique Sa Pessoa (Alma restaurant), Hans Neuner (Ocean restaurant) and David Jesus (sous chef Belcanto).
What promoted this gastronomic festival?
In addition to the excellent food from Lisbon and France, this festival also promoted the gastronomy of some of the most representative communities in the country, for which it had the participation of Dulce Silva (Guinea-Bissau), Eleuterio Assuncao (Sao Tome and Principe), Sheila Abreu (Mozambique), Helt Araujo (Angola) and Tony Fox (Fox Cafe El Rey de la Cachupa).
In this gastronomic event, traditional dishes were served, but also a new vision of African cuisine and ingredients. The festival was co-organized by Amuse Bouche, the Lisbon City Council, Turismo de Portugal and is part of the Portugal-France 2022 Cross Season.
Admission to the venue cost 10 euros and was free for children up to 12 years of age. Best of all, all the dishes had a single price of 6 euros.