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TRADITIONAL FESTIVITIES AND FOOD ON PICO ISLAND

IMMERSIVE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Quick Details

  • Communal meal with several courses
  • Up to 3 wine tastings
  • Up to 3 liqueurs
  • Guided and mediated participation during the preparation and celebration of traditional Azorean ceremony/festival
  • Experience hosted by a local food expert with transcultural sensitivity
  • Private transportation
Adult Ages 17+
150
Children 0-17
100

Embark on a journey to better understand Pico Island’s cultural heritage with our Traditional Food Ceremonies experience.

a group of people in a communal kitchenThis unique opportunity aligns with local festivals such as the Festas do Divino Espírito Santo (Holy Spirit Festivities) among others, showcasing the island’s rich religious devotion and lively cultural traditions.

These festivals are not only a profound expression of Pico’s spiritual life but also a celebration that involves copious amounts of typical regional food from the Azores, local beverages, and communal joy. 

We arrive around 8 AM, although preparations begin much earlier. Arriving just in time to add the final touches, those keen to get involved can roll up their sleeves and dive into the bustling kitchen activities or help decorate the dining space, actively contributing to the festive preparations.

Join us for a genuine Azorean celebration among the locals, feeling the culture of the island up close. Depending on the event schedule, we can enjoy a refreshing break at a natural swimming pool before joining the communal lunch, a highlight of the day where you can mingle with the Picarotos (locals from Pico Island) and taste special dishes available only during these celebrations.

a pot with food in it

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Participate in the preparation and celebration of traditional Azorean festivals, experiencing deep cultural immersion.
  • Engage with Pico’s residents, the Picarotos, enhancing your understanding and appreciation of their traditions.
  • Help in the kitchen while exchanging fun stories with other folks who have joined the event’s preparations, and assist in setting up the event space.
  • Savor regional dishes that are specially prepared for these festivities, providing a taste of the local cuisine that is hard to come by during other times of the year.
  • Enjoy a leisurely pause at a natural swimming pool, refreshing yourself amidst the day’s activities.

MEETING POINT

Join us on the day of the tour near the Ferry Boat terminal in Madalena Village, Pico Island. We will gather by the small statue of Gilberto Mariano da Silva.

Directly opposite, you’ll see a turquoise blue water sports shop called CW Azores. We’ll meet right in front of this shop, near the statue.

This location is central and easy to find, but should you have any difficulties or need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us before the experience begins.

FAQ

For more frequently asked questions about weather, alcohol, and dietary restrictions, please visit our FAQ page here.


OMC EXPERIENCES GATHER MORE THAN 5000 FIVE STARS REVIEWS

A definite must in Pico

Silvia gave us a thorough history of how grapes came to be on the island. We were taken on a walk through the wine fields but mind you these wine fields are not like ours in the States, these grapes are grown in lava beds. No soil! And boy, oh boy the wine produced from these grapes is fanatastic!!! Silvia then took us to a protected swimming area to either swim or not and eat small bites at the local restaurant right there. Crabs, limpets and favas beans with bread. Lastly we were driven to a winery to sample wines produced by a women, very passionate about her wines. And fabulous wines they are!!! If you only have a few hours on Pico, as we did, I would highly recommend this tour. The ferry ride from Faial was a breeze.

– Dasya R., USA on Airbnb
Increíble experiencia!

Un paseo precioso! El lugar es increíble, con una naturaleza exuberante. Difícil elegir la mejor parte: las caminatas, las pruebas de vinos, el contacto con la cultura local, las piscinas... Silvia, muchas gracias por la experiencia fantástica! Volvimos todos encantados :)

– Gabriel on Viator
A day well spent in BEAUTIFUL and UNIQUE Pico Island

As a solo female traveler, I have to say that, I absolutely loved (LOVED ;-) this experience. It is not only a great way to dive into the Azorean Culture through tastings of the VERY UNIQUE Pico wine, sampling of a good bit of tasty local snacks, breathtaking walks through the vineyards, swimming in tide pools within the amazing volcanic landscape, but also an absolute perfect way to meet and mingle with other fellow visitors and local hosts. I wish I could stay longer in order to take full advantage of all the tasteful and careful recommendations that Silvia provided while leisurely taking us all into this beautiful journey into Pico island life style. Thank YOU so much for such a blissful day, Silvia ... I hope to come back and do this all over again with a special someone ... who knows! Hugs to all of you who took such great care of us during our tour.

– Adriana on Viator
The best wine tour ever

A day well spent that made all the difference on our trip to Pico! We got to know places, wines and tasted local 'tapas' that without Silvia and Adriana would not have been possible or would have been extremely difficult! They took us swimming at an incredible place and even lent us a snorkelling mask. Because the weather allowed, we had a delicious volcanic wine tasting from a local wine producer among the black rocks and kiwis and with snacks accompanied by local people! A trip not to be missed with people who in a few hours become friends and that we carry in our hearts! Thank you so much!

– Sofia, on Viator