The Olympics are the perfect cue for a celebration. That’s especially true in 2016, since nobody knows how to party quite like the Brazilians, as the famous Rio Carnival demonstrates! So what are the best ways to bring some South American colour and flair to your party here in the UK, with Olympic wine and food to complete the ambience?
Celebration Food and Wine
Outdoors: Provided the weather lives up to your hopes, the ideal way to throw Brazilian-themed parties is to eat outside with family and friends. Brazil is known for its great barbecue or “Churrasco” tradition, so grilling some barbie treats is very much in the spirit of the Games. Pork ribs and chicken and beef kebabs are among the top barbecue dishes in Brazil, as well as corn on the cob with tangy toppings.
Drinks to enjoy with your barbecue include our quality white and rose sparkling wines. Among these is Campos de Cima Brut Champenoise 2011, which, appropriately for the Olympics theme, was a silver medal winner at the International Wine Challenge 2013! Alternatively, Brazilian red wines such as Tannat and Malbec are the perfect complement to meats cooked on the barbecue and ideal to drink outdoors.
And Indoors!: Given the unpredictability of the British summer, however, you might well end up having an indoor Olympic party. Barbecue foods will also taste great cooked on an indoor grill, but there are plenty of other options to try, too.
For instance, why not serve up the Brazilian national dish, Feijoada, which has pork, beef and black beans as key ingredients? There are many recipes putting different twists on this dish, which can be prepared ahead of time, stored in the fridge and heated up in time for the party. Accompaniments could include pão de queijo, also known as Brazilian cheese bread, which is a deliciously chewy puff made from tapioca flour, as well as rice and spicy salsa.
A hearty, stew-like dish, Feijoada is best enjoyed with a glass of red. Our recommendation: our Rio Sol Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, from vines grown in NE Brazil, or if you really want to push the boat out, our award-winning ‘Concentus’, a rich concentrated Bordeaux style red with a dash of Tannat to give it extra depth and structure.
For the ‘pao de queijo’, whose precise ingredients depend on region, how about our Rio Sol Chenin Blanc/Viognier ( the sister wine to the red above ), or our unoaked Fausto Chardonnay. While both soft and fruity, neither wine is overly powerful and they are both delicious with this ubiquitous Brazilian snack!
Of course, for an Olympic party, rather than just sticking to Brazilian food, you might also want to bring together dishes from some of the other nations taking part, which will give you an endless list of menu options. Our range of wines will complement all kinds of food ideally and add to the atmosphere.
Creating the Mood
Brazilian samba music will help to create a party atmosphere and can be guaranteed to get everyone dancing. There are plenty of albums on this theme to choose from. Of course, it would be even better to persuade a local samba band to come along and perform live!
You can create an international theme for your party by putting up bright bunting based on flags of the different countries taking part in the Olympics. Alternatively, go with the colours of the Brazilian flag, green, yellow, blue and white.
If you are planning a fancy dress party, you could suggest that guests come along in colourful carnival costumes. Looking through photos online will give plenty of ideas. Another option is to come dressed in sportswear. This could be ideal if it is hot or if you are planning some sport-themed games outdoors to build up an appetite before relaxing over your Olympic wine and food.
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