A Celebration of Portuguese Food & Wine

Festa – not the Uncle kind, but the Portuguese word for ‘celebration’ – is a brand new festival of Portuguese wine, food and culture that’s landing in London for a whole weekend this summer.

It’s coming to you from a super-team of Portuguese food & drink experts: one being Max Graham, the man behind London’s fantastic Bar Douro restaurants (and whose family have been producing port and wine in the Douro Valley for the past 200-odd years – yeah, he’s that Graham), and the other being Wine Detective and Bar Douro’s grape-hooch guru Sarah Ahmed, who’s won multiple accolades for her Portuguese wine expertise and has been inducted as a Cavaliero of the Port Brotherhood.

So, between them they know a little about Portuguese food and drink.

They’re bringing all that expertise – alongside more than 50 independent wine producers and a bevy of restaurateurs, artisans and food buffs – to an 18th century shipping warehouse in Wapping this summer. Specifically, on the 24th & 25th of June – designed to coincide with the big Festa de São João over in Porto, where locals make merry in the streets with gallons of wine, street food, fireworks and a traditional courtship dance that involves smacking each other with garlic flowers. You’ll channel the spirit of this midsummer revelry by sampling over 250 different wines; tucking into dishes prepared by top Portuguese restaurants across the UK; attending tastings and panel discussions with Sarah Ahmed and other experts; rubbing shoulders with the cutting edge of the wine trade; bopping to live music; and generally making merry on – what we can only hope will be – a balmy summer weekend.

BYO garlic flowers.


NOTE: Festa will run across three sessions on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th June 2022. Tickets will be going on sale soon, but in the meantime you can register your interest HERE.

Festa | Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF

Like wine? Take a trip to one of London’s best wine bars in the meantime.


Tobacco Docks, Wapping Lane, Wapping, E1W 2SF
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