Riba de Ancora or the Ancora River, the Anchor

Since the beginning of 1900 the community of Riba de Âncora in Caminha is regularly organizing Portuguese mega cozidos for a thousands of people, with the aim of raising funds for restoration works in the parish church. The collected monies are also used to recover some frescoes (XV-XVI that are fragmented by several walls of the temple.

Cozido à portuguesa is a traditional Portuguese stew. There exist numerous regional variations. The dish is considered part of the Portuguese heritage, as well as one of the national dishes of Portugal.

Preparation and ingredients: cozido à portuguesa is prepared with a multitude of vegetables (beans, potatoes, carrots, turnips, cabbages, rice), meat (chicken, pork ribs, bacon, pork ear and trotters, various parts of beef), and smoked sausages (chouriço, farinheira, morcela, and blood sausage).

In Riba de Ancora currently live some 750 inhabitants. Since 1800 the total number of people of this small village are fluctuating from 580 thru 870. Many youngsters who cannot find work in Northern Portugal leave the country to start new adventures in Canada, the US or in Switzerland. Subsequently, cafés and shops close their businesses. This famous Café Cé used to serve delicious fried chicken and other plates. Many of our guests used to have dinner and after dinner drinks in this place which is only at a 5 minutes walk from the Ancora Artist Residence.

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