São Paulo state is simply vast, trumping Great Britain and a number of other European countries in size. It’s no surprise, therefore, to discover that it’s also home to a rich array of cuisines. Bringing them all together under one roof, the Festival Gastronômico Sabor de São Paulo is the culmination of a quest to find the most emblematic dishes, from São Paulo’s coastal towns all the way inland to the vast expanses of countryside. Sample dishes from thirty short-listed establishments during the two-day festival, each priced at no more than R$10.
How about slow-cooked pork belly with crackling (barriga de porco à pururuca) from Araraquara, 275 km inland from São Paulo? Or crystallised fruits from the even remoter São José do Rio Preto? From the coast, try fish smoked in banana leaves from Cananéia, a town best known for its mangrove oysters. Visitors can also nose around stalls of local handicrafts and stock up on organic groceries from some of the state’s small farms.