Interview: Valentina da Conceição Miguel

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SAO BRAS DE ALPORTEL 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

The Regional Confectionery “A Ti Marquinhas”, is a small business founded by
enterprising Mrs. Valentina da Conceição Miguel in 1989, in a makeshift warehouse of
his parents, based on the secrets of Regional and Conventual sweet-making art, using typical products of the region.

ENVIRONMENT

Description of the environment where one of the activities listed above takes place:
(Please, specify: 1 – name of the local area, 2 – if it’s a place well-known for a specific activity and – if so – which one; 4 – information about plants and landscape related to Mediterranean environment linked to the activity; 5 – any relevant information linked to the research). If it’s possible, take pictures/shoot video of this place.

Sweet Flavors Tradition
This is an enterprise with 6 workers and it seeks to keep alive the traditions in the confection of cakes and regional products. In addition to the sweet confection, they also exhibit their products at trade shows, for example the well-known Feira da Serra, Sao Bras de Alportel.
“A Ti Marquinhas” produces the most pastries, but the Algarve sweets are its specialty.

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PRODUCTS

If it’s an activity related to the promotion of the territory, the biodiversity and the slow and 0% consumption, please, describe how it works at local level (if it’s related to traditional practice or traditional organization of the food distribution, promotion of territory or 0% consumption).

The sweets from São Brás show the best of the regional products: honey, carob, arbutus berry, fig and almond are the main ingredients of the sweets. Among the most requested, you can find the traditional almond stuffed figs, and the typical “pirolitos” candies and tender almonds of São Brás. A set of sweets which can really representative of the art of hospitality!
The guests of honour for “A Ti Marquinhas” are the figs, the carob, almonds and the eggs. Moreover, the confectioners are dedicated to creating and decorating cakes.
The regional Sweets baked at this patisserie are:
– Carob Pie
– Morgado Algarve
– 3 delights of the Algarve (carob, fig and almond)
– Pudding
– Conventual sweets
– Figo Secret
– Almond Candy
– Conventual
– Speciality: D. Rodrigo