In the County of Évora, the town of Reguengos de Monsaraz stands out, whose magnificent setting on the Alentejo plain and in the blue waters of the Alqueva reservoir make it a tourist destination of reference in the region. Bordered by the Counties of Redondo and Alandroal to the north, Mourão to the east, Moura and Portel to the south and Évora to the west, the town of Reguengos de Monsaraz is located in a predominantly agricultural region. In addition to a rich historical heritage and a striking landscape, the County holds a strong identity characterized by traditional customs and practices, which are reflected in the cuisine, wines, and arts and crafts, most notably in São Pedro do Corval, Portugal's largest pottery centre.
Casa do Barro – Centro Interpretativo da Olaria de S. Pedro do Corval
Traditional pottery production, along the whole cycle
This cycle of diverse events will address all the stages and elements of the traditional production process of the pottery from S. Pedro do Corval, from the extraction of the clay to its cooking. Intended for pottery enthusiasts and practitioners, these events enable participants to deepen their knowledge of traditional techniques, and take inspiration from this heritage.
Working with clay
A series of workshops will allow visitors to develop hands-on experience with the stages of working with clay, including: clay extraction; potter's wheel; pottery cooking; pottery painting; and the whole production process of talhas (big wine pots). These workshops are intended to be practical, and to include children in kindergartens, schools, and extracurricular activities as well as youth in vocational schools and similar education institutions.
Pottery meets gastronomy: Traditional techniques and flavours
This series of activities combines pottery and local gastronomy. Initially, clay crockery was essentially utilitarian, used for cooking and food and beverage storage. Women used to cook in this clay crockery and take the meals to their parents and husbands who worked in the farming fields. With the emergence of plastic, which was more resistant and less expensive, crockery lost its utilitarian usage and became mainly decorative. However, we are told by those who experienced it, that cooking in the clay makes the meals unique. Even today, food is prepared and served in clay pieces, including in restaurants.
Gastronomic events will be held in S. Pedro do Corval, in particular, and in the county, in general, that will have this ancient way of preparing food - in clay utensils - with the help of great local cooks. For this, we count on the help of great cooks who have always cooked in this manner.
Location: Casa do Barro – Centro Interpretativo da Olaria de S. Pedro do Corval Date: to announce
Language(s) available for the workshop(s): Portuguese | Spanish | English
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