The Municipality of Odemira rejoins the 7 Wonders event, applying for the Amoreiras-Gare Alcóncoras to the contest 7 Wonders of Portugal, in the category of Biscuits and Dry Cakes. Participation in the initiative aims to promote this regional candy and the territory where it is made, as well as contribute to a process that leads to the registration of this old recipe.
The candidacy of the Amoreiras-Gare Alcconcoras in the 7 Sweet Wonders of Portugal results from a partnership between the Municipality of Odemira, the ADA – Local Development Association of Amoreiras-Gare and the Parish Council of S. Martinho das Amoreiras. The three entities have been cooperating in a sustainable development strategy aimed at safeguarding, boosting and promoting local culture.
In addition to the promotion of this regional candy and the territory where it is made, in the application of this sweet Alentejo was taken into account the opportunity to disseminate and value the Amoreiras-Gare Alcôncas, giving a fair recognition to the local community for its contribution and preservation of this revenue old regional sweets from Alentejo, with a strong local identity.
As a local reference, the production of Alcôncoras gained a regional scale in a sustained manner, contributing to the dynamism of the local economy, along this way knew how to preserve its initial quality and is now a very requested and representative cake of the municipality of Odemira.
Some historical and literary references associate the Alcconcora with the simplicity of the Alentejo rural life and at a time when it was not common to have candies at the table. Amoreiras-Gare has taken over its Alcconcora, distinct and designed to last, can preserve its properties for more than three months. They were cakes that were not lacking in the mast of promise. They rose to thank the improvements of a sick relative or the return of a serviceman to the house, being later lowered and the Condoners distributed by the presents.
Being further prepared in an artisan and community way, it intends to intervene and restructure its model of production and commercialization, with the purpose of guaranteeing its sustainability also in economic terms.
This will be the fifth participation of the Municipality of Odemira in the 7 Wonders of Portugal, which began with the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal (Finalist in 2010), Best Beaches of Portugal (double winner in 2012), Aldeias de Portugal (Finalist) and Wonders to the Table (Finalist).
In this edition dedicated to the theme of the Sweets, the Alconcoras de Amoreiras-Gare compete for the 7 Sweet Wonders of Portugal in the category of Biscuits and Dry Cakes.