A conversation about a food and wine country called Brazil.
A 40-minute conversation with Carlos Eduardo Pereira, executive director of Bancorbrás Turismo – in a coffee shop in the Brazilian capital – was enough to know that Carlos, alias Cadu, is a “good fork *”.
By Paulo Atzingen (from Brasilia) *
With national and international gastronomic experience, Carlos Eduardo (Cadu) is an accredited authority to talk about the culinary routes offered by its operator.
“The food that is the biggest gastronomic trend here in Brasilia is Pescoço de Peru,” he says in a language that blends the São Paulo accent of Ribeirão Preto with that of the Monte Carmelo miner, where he lived for several years. . “Here in Brasilia, you can find all the flavors and cuisines, from mocotó broth to international cuisine. We are a synthesis of all, “he said.
According to Carlos, in the common imagination, Italy offers pizza, Portugal offers cod cakes, and Switzerland offers chocolate. But for him – and especially in the Bancorbrás catalog – there are already some more specific and public gastronomic routes for them:
“There is a niche audience for travel in which sensory and taste experiences are sought,” he cites examples from Slovakia ( cabbagea traditional soup), Hungary (the goulash – a dish of minced beef, flour, onions and spices) and Germany (sausages or Black Forest cake). According to Cadu, those who travel to Europe have more gastronomic sense than the typical traveler who leaves for the United States. “Travelers to Europe are looking for new experiences (including gastronomic ones) because of the richness and variety of cuisine, different from those going to the United States,” he ventures.
For Cadu, the so-called Gastronomic Tourism positions food as a pillar of regional identity and cultural heritage by capitalizing on the relationship between food and society, community.
“The taste side of the mouth is closely related to travel, but it is still little explored and little observed in general by agencies. We change that, “he said.
Cod, Porto wine and the most varied styles of olive oil are remarkable and recognized in the world. “At Bancorbrás we work with a specialized team that prepares a detailed itinerary, including gastronomic routes. In Portugal there are dozens of typical bars and restaurants that can not be missed by those who spend a season in the region and we recommend them to our customers when preparing the itinerary “, explains the executive.
“We have sardines, cod, fried Leitão à Bairrada and countless delicious suggestions, for sure,” jokes Cadu.
Returning to Brazil, Eduardo quotes the kaleidoscope of São Paulo:
“São Paulo has about 9,000 restaurants and food service companies with over 50 types of cuisine covered. “The capital of São Paulo is full of possibilities for Bancorbrás customers, with alternative accommodation and tours in every corner of the place, which is a reference in culture, gastronomy, leisure, knowledge and architectural beauty,” he recalls.
Cadu does not fail to mention typical examples from São Paulo: “As you know, we have pastel sandwich, bauru and bologna, in the Municipal Square of São Paulo”, he lists.
Bancorbrás recently launched the product Rotas do Café. “You see, coffee routes are a way for a tourist, a traveler, to discover agrotourism, to enjoy a stay at a hotel in a rural area and to try the local cuisine.” He again cites the cities in São Paulo that make up the list of the country’s major coffee producers. “We can’t forget Rio de Janeiro, because tourists can visit Vale do Café in the Vale do Paraíba region. Along the route are farms, roads, museums and churches that have been part of the history of coffee production in the region and in the country “, he describes.
Cadu uses a publication with articles from his operator’s packages in order not to commit injustices by forgetting: “In Minas Gerais, tourists can also take advantage of visiting two cities known for their routes: Carmo de Minas and São Lourenço. In Ceará, drink lovers should pass by the Rota Verde do Café in the Maciço de Baturité region. There, travelers can find Café Sombreado, which is grown in the shade of the forest, protected from the intense rays of the sun “, he reports.
Southern and Vintage
Rio Grande do Sul and wine tourism could not be missed in the conversation, sprinkled with chocolate and coffee:
“Wine tourism is a type of trip that can be done throughout the year, but during the Harvest, travelers can encounter even more beautiful scenery, with green vineyards and vines full of grapes,” Carlos comments.
“Bancorbrás Turismo offers its customers travel packages that include different visits and experiences in the main wineries inside and outside the Vale dos Vinhedos,” he explains.
Before concluding the conversation, Cadu remembers that during our visit to Brasília we could not miss visiting the northeastern Mangai and Mané das Codornas. Cadu is definitely a good fork!
Bancorbrás Turismo offers travel packages that include itineraries, visits and experiences in the main regions of Brazil, coffee producers, wine and cheese itineraries, as well as the many tasting routes of this wine and food country called Brazil.
For more information, visit the website or call 3004-9912 (metropolitan areas) or 0800-729-9912 (other locations).
* In Portugal, the term “good fork” refers to someone who eats very well, who appreciates food.