Portuguese festival set at Heritage Hall

Event showcases food and culture

The Portuguese Association of Maui will present its annual Festa Portuguesa Maui from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Hall, 401 Baldwin Ave. in Paia. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Festa Portuguesa Maui is supported in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

The Heritage Hall Chorale, which sings in Portuguese and Spanish, will open the program with anthems and a Portuguese hymn at 10 a.m. At 10:15, Caroline Braga Lopes, a native of Brazil, will demonstrate making bolinhos de bacalhau (codfish patties) and pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread). At 11, the Maui Portuguese Cultural Club dancers perform dances from the Azores brought to Hawaii more than a century ago. Members of the audience are encouraged to join in.

At 1 p.m., Colleen Lopes of Lopes Farms will demonstrate bread-making techniques. Story-telling by Audrey Rocha Reed focuses on legends and folktales of Portugal at 2.

The Portuguese Cultural Resource Center will be open during the festa. The public is invited to view Portuguese costumes, linen, ceramics and dolls, along with videos, CDs and books in the library.

Foods for sale at the festa include bean soup, Bacalhau a Gomes de Sa (a casserole with codfish, potatoes, onions, garlic, olives, and hard-boiled eggs prepared with olive oil), alcatra (beef baked in clay pots with wine, onions, garlic, bay leaves and allspice), malassadas and Portuguese sausage hot dogs in sweet dough buns.

The country store features products of Portugal, along with jellies, baked goods, Portuguese cook books, handcrafted items and fresh flowers.

Vendors interested in selling their products at festa can reserve 8-foot tables for $30 each by calling 243-0065.

For further information, call 243-0065.