A conversation about a food and wine country called Brazil.
The 40-minute conversation with Carlos Eduardo Pereira, executive director of Bancorbrás Turismo – in a coffee pot in the Brazilian capital – was enough to know that Carlos, aka 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 journeys his operator offers.
“The dish that is the great gastronomic trend here in Brasilia is the Pescoço de Peru”, he says in a language that mixes the accent of the Paulista from Ribeirão Preto with that of the miner from Mount Carmel, where he lived for a few years. “It is here in Brasilia that all flavors and cuisines come together, from mocotó broth to international cuisine. We are a synthesis of everything, ”he says.
According to Carlos, in the common imagination, Italy offers pizzas, Portugal offers cod cakes and Switzerland offers chocolate. But for him – and especially in the Bancorbrás catalog – there are already several more specific and public gastronomic routes for them:
“There is a niche audience for travel where sensory and taste experiences are sought”, and cites examples from Slovakia (the cabbagea traditional soup), Hungary (il Goulash – a dish of ground beef, flour, onion 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 goes to the United States. “Travelers who go to Europe are looking for new experiences (including gastronomic ones) for the richness and variety of the cuisine, different from those who go to the United States”, he ventures.
For Cadu, the so-called Gastronomic Tourism places food as a pillar of regional identity and cultural heritage, enhancing the relationship between food and society, community.
“The gustatory side, of the palate, is closely linked to travel, but it is still little explored and little observed in general by agencies. We are changing it, “she says.
Cod, Port wine and the most varied styles of olive oil are exceptional and recognized around 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 cannot fail to be visited by those who spend a season in the region and we recommend them to our customers when preparing their itinerary ”, explains the manager.
“We have sardines, cod, roasted Leitão à Bairrada and countless appetizing proposals, for sure,” jokes Cadu.
Back in Brazil, Eduardo quotes the kaleidoscopic San Paolo:
“São Paulo has around 9,000 restaurants and businesses serving culinary dishes, with over 50 types of cuisine covered. “The capital of Sao Paulo is full of possibilities for Bancorbrás customers, with accommodation and tour alternatives in every corner of the place which is a reference for culture, gastronomy, leisure, knowledge and architectural beauty”, remember.
Cadu does not fail to cite typical examples of São Paulo: “As you know, we have the pastel sandwich, bauru and mortadella, at the municipal market of São Paulo”, he lists.
Street of coffee
Recently, Bancorbrás launched the Rotas do Café product. “You see, the coffee streets are a way for the tourist, the traveler, to discover the farmhouse, enjoy a stay in a hotel in the countryside and try the local cuisine”. He cites once again the cities of the interior of São Paulo that make up the list of the main coffee producers in the country. “We cannot forget Rio de Janeiro, because tourists can visit the Vale do Café, in the Vale do Paraíba region. Along the way there are farms, roads, museums and churches that have made the history of coffee production in the region and in the country, ”he says.
Cadu uses a publication with articles from its operator’s packages to avoid committing injustices by forgetting: “In Minas Gerais tourists can also take the opportunity to visit two cities known for their routes: Carmo de Minas and São Lourenço. In Ceará, drink lovers should stop 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 says.
The South of the country and Vintage
In the conversation, interspersed with chocolates and coffee, Rio Grande do Sul and wine tourism could not be missing:
“Wine tourism is a type of trip that can be done all year round, but during the Harvest, travelers can come across even more beautiful sceneries, with green vineyards and vines full of grapes”, comments Carlos and adds :.
“Bancorbrás Turismo offers its customers travel packages that include different visits and experiences to the main wineries inside and outside the Vale dos Vinhedos,” he explains.
Before the end of the conversation, Cadu recalls that during our visit to Brasilia we could not fail to visit Mangai northeast and Mané das Codornas. Cadu is definitely a good fork!
Bancorbrás Turismo offers travel packages that include, in the itinerary, visits and various experiences in the main regions of Brazil, coffee producers, wine and cheese itineraries, and the numerous taste itineraries of this food and wine country called Brazil.
For more information, log on to the website or call 3004-9912 (metropolitan regions) or 0800-729-9912 (other locations).
* In Portugal the expression “good fork” designates someone who eats very well, who appreciates the food.