The agricultural activity in Boticas has a strong rural character, preserving the traditions, which allows to maintain the quality and genuineness of the regional products. Proof of this quality has been the certification and protection of origin of several traditional products harvested or made, contributing to guarantee their authenticity and favoring the development of a local development strategy.

The gastronomic offer is vast and its quality recognized.

The gastronomic offer is vast and its quality recognized. The Barroso stew and feijoada, the veal, the stuffed trout, the rojões (pork firecrackers) in the pot, the ribs and chorizo rice, the garlic wine chops, the Barroso broth, various types of smoked meats, the bola de carne (bread with meat), the folar bread, the “wine of the dead” and the honey of the Barroso, are some of the specialties.

Emblematic reference of the Portuguese beef cattle, the Carne Barrosã – Protected Denomination of Origin (Portuguese DOP) – fills the tables of the best restaurants and delights those who try them. The animals are raised according to traditional methods.

In the morning they leave for the field where they graze freely. In the summer they are collected during the hottest hours and return to the pasture in the late afternoon. The natural pastures, the rituals of treatment and the dedication of the shepherds transfer to the meat the best that Barroso has.

Fumeiro (traditional smokehouse)

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Traditional smokehouse in the village of Codessoso. Photo Marina Silva

Boticas carries an immense variety of certified or certified certification smoke products. For a long time these products are part of the regional food, being produced at the beginning to meet the difficulties of conservation and storage of meat. They are products that are present in numerous traditional dishes.

Pork Gastronomic Fair

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At the beginning of January the Pork Gastronomic Fair is held. With a great significance for the local economy, especially for those who continue to create the pig and make sausages in the traditional way.

The three-day program includes a number of animated acts, such as the famous “CHEGAS DE BOIS” (oxen fight).

In the fair, which attracts thousands of people every year, it is possible to find, in addition to the stands of the producers, several small shops where you can appreciate the local gastronomic specialties, the Barroso stew and feijoada, the veal, the stuffed trout, the rojões (pork firecrackers) in the pot, the ribs and chorizo rice, the garlic wine chops, the Barroso broth, various types of smoked meats, ham and still rye bread and regional wines.

Sources: Câmara Municipal de Boticas; Associação de Municípios do Alto Tâmega 2007, Atlas/Guia das Rotas do Alto Tâmega, Chaves.

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