Grantham to host Portuguese and English Festival of Culture
The streets of Grantham will be transformed next month when the town holds its first Portuguese and English Festival of Culture.
The two-day event on June 22 and 23 will centre on St Peter’s Hill as visitors from both countries strengthen bonds and celebrate their heritage.
Visitors will be able to try traditional food and drink as well as listening to music, dance, crafts and build friendships.
The event is being hosted by South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) and its economic growth company, InvestSK, with PT Connections – a community interest company which supports Portuguese nationals in the UK.
InvestSK chief executive Steve Bowyer promises the festival will have something for everyone with entertainment for both adults and children.
He said:“The Portuguese and English communities will come together to share their food, heritage and culture and I’d urge everyone to visit the festival and join in. It’s a great chance to sample some traditional food, drink and entertainment from England and Portugal.”
The music stage will host acts from both countries including solo performers, Rui Bandeira and Monica Sintra, who will be supported by fellow musicians, Joana Lobo Anta and Natalia Cerqueira, as well as local bands Chasing Embers, 23 Reasons, Alex Cavan and Naturally Sourced.
Swing band Hi Rollers and 1940s act Peter Wayne will also take to the main stage.
Portuguese retailers will pitch up alongside English stalls with traditional food, wine and beer on sale over both days. As well as the entertainment and refreshments, there will be children’s fairground rides, face painting,
family fun and evening attractions.
Cristina Eustaquio has owned Flower the Bakery Padaria Flor on Westgate for the past seven years after moving to England from Portugal 20 years ago.
She will be serving a selection of traditional Portuguese food at the festival including fish, meat, cakes and beer.
She said: “It will be a great way to attract more people into town. It will give them something to do in Grantham rather than going elsewhere as sometimes it can get a bit quiet.
“I have attended a similar festival in Peterborough and it’s great fun. It should bring the community together.”
Luis and Anna Lopes opened Cafe & Nata on Wharf Road, Grantham, last year serving both traditional English and Portuguese food.
The couple have lived in England for 19 years and now have two grown up children and grandchildren.
They are excited about the festival.
Anna said: “It is such a lovely idea. It will gather everybody together and it will be a chance for anybody that has not visited Portugal to understand our culture a bit more and taste our food. It will be good for us as a community.”
The event will take place at St Peter’s Hill, opening at 10am each day and closing at 10pm on June 22 and 8pm on June 23. To find out more visit: www.southkesteven.gov.uk/marketevents