April 2015 activities in the Algarve

April 2015 activities in the Algarve

Something for all the family from football to food

Eurocopa Youth Tournament

A brand new youth football tournament known as Eurocopa Youth has kicked off in Albufeira on Monday the 6th of April 2015.

It is reported that up to thirty-six football teams will taken part in this inaugural completion. Age groups ranging from Under 9yrs to Under 14 yrs will take part. Stakeford Juniors from Sunderland Tyne & Wear are sending up to six teams in total. It is believe a hundred young players are planning to make a journey to the Algarve together with 130 family members and friends. Northern Ireland will also have representation in the sunny Algarve when Carniny Amateurs FC from Ballymena arrives with an Under 13 team.

The lads from Northern Ireland arrive in Faro on Sunday evening from where they will be taken by coach to their 4 star hotel in Albufeira. The Ballymena boys plan to play three matches. They will be up against strong opposition with teams from Portuguese side Guia FC, Immortal DC and Quarteirense CD-R. On Tuesday the opposition is Stakeford FC from Sunderland and Benfica Academy. Wednesday is their last game against First Division Portuguese side Guia FC.

Local interest in the tournament will centre around teams from Portimao Albufeira, Olhao, Faro and Loule. The completion will take place over three days and matches will be held at Estadio Nora Complex at Ferreiras and the Albufeira Municipal Stadium Complex. If your in the Algarve maybe on a self-catering holiday this could be a great way to spend a few hours with family and friends.

Further news for the Algarve

There is a planned return of the 5th Annual Chefs Week to the Algarve. The event is scheduled to take place between the 26th of April and the 3rd of May 2015 in participating hotels. It will bring together ten of the top executive chefs in the Algarve who head up the top restaurants and five star hotels. It will be an opportunity to sample the culinary fare of these participating artisan cooks. All will use local fresh produce to create their edible master pieces.

The event organizers will launch a recipe book at the start to commemorate the events fifth year anniversary. It will feature dishes created during the events lifetime over the last five years. The participation chefs in this year’s event will be Chef Andrew McGuie (Louro Restaurant, Conrad Algarve), Chef Bruno Rocha ( EMO Restaurant Hotel Tivoli Victoria) Chef Jan Stechemesser (A Terra Restaurant, Praia Verde Boutique Hotel) Chef Vitor Monteiro is a renowned Portuguese Chef who at 33, has a professional curriculum which highlights its leading role as Chef in reputable restaurants and national hotels.

As his professional background he worked in the kitchens of the Hard Rock Cafe in Lisbon; Dunes Resort Golden Beach Club in Almancil; Hotel The Lake Resort in Vilamoura, among others.

Chef José Leitão has a professional career with expertise in national and international cuisine, including fusion cuisine and molecular gastronomy.

Passionate about creative kitchen and determined to provide and reinventing the dining experience, he is currently the Executive Chef at NAU Group Hotels & Resorts, within his responsibilities lies the responsibility of managing the different cuisines of the hotels Palace and Salgados Salgados Palm Village Apartments & Suites, highlighting the Moonlight Restaurant & Bar.

Chef José Leitão, uses the ingredients, the techniques, the recipes and the gastronomic concepts to raise the best of regional and international cuisine on a platter able to stir up emotions and make you travel through different places and breathtaking landscapes.

His career has 25 years of vast experience in the kitchen of hotel chains such as CS Hotels, Golf & Resorts, Royal Hotels, passing also by the Hotel Almansor in Carvoeiro Club Méditerranée in Albufeira.

There are a number of other excellent chefs involved in this year’s event check out their website www.algarvechefweek.com for details.

All the chefs menus will be available on the hotel or restaurant menus. Menus cost €30 per person excluding drinks. €1 from each meal is given to CASA Association for the homeless.