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dinner party

Celebrate São João With Us

dinner party

Celebrate São João With Us

Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
dinner party

Celebrate São João With Us

dinner party

Celebrate São João With Us

Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food, Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

My husband Joseph and I will welcome the guests to our home and invite them to our appropriately decorated garden with lanterns and garlands. If they so wish, they may help with sardine grilling or enjoy a first drink and a few snacks while my husband handles the grill. During dinner, we will give them a brief history of the São João celebration, what it means for the city, how it used to be in previous decades and how it is celebrated today, as some traditions have faded away. After dinner, the whole group will walk from our home to downtown Porto, about 30-minute walk and do the mandatory thing all Porto people do that night, but obviously visitors as well, which is to hammer passers-by with a plastic hammer on the head. Instead of the hammer, guests can always carry a long-stemmed garlic flower and rub under people's noses with it. Feel free to do it because it's the only day of the year you are allowed to do so. If authorized this year, we will launch a couple of sky lanterns/hot air balloons on the way downtown. Our services end when we get downtown. Guests can then proceed, if they wish, to look for the best spot to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display on the Douro river.

Your host

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Lucinda

As a true "tripeira", I have been hosting São João parties every year on the evening of June 23 in our garden in Porto. This is the longest night of the city as the residents celebrate their beloved saint - St John. My husband Joseph and I invite a few friends and relatives and we kick off the big party with the traditional São João "sardinhada" - grilled sardines, boiled potatoes with Portuguese olive oil, grilled bell pepper salad, olives and corn bread. But, of couse, we start by having a bowl of "caldo verde" - the queen of Portuguese soups. The guests are welcome to salt and grill the sardines themselves. Having experienced since young age the old traditions of jumping over the bonfires and dancing the whole night, finishing on the beach at dawn, I can provide my guests a genuine experience of this old Porto celebration.

What's included

Food
We will provide a typical São João dinner - snacks, caldo verde, grilled sardines, boiled potatoes, grilled bell pepper…
Drinks
Equipment
Each guest will receive a plastic hammer or a long-stemmed garlic flower.

Where you'll be

We'll start at our garden and will then walk to downtown Porto, making a brief stop at Lapa Church to explain to our guests why it is a special place for the city of Porto and its residents.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable shoes. Don't forget a sweater. Rest well the night before as you will be walking a lot, probably until dawn.

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Lucinda
Celebrate São João With Us
New experience
£39/person
New experience
£39/person