Saturday (December 17) is the day that Olhão’s ‘super-baker’ Filipe Martins will be presenting what has become the town’s signature festive tradition – a gigantic Bolo-Rei (Portuguese fruit cake), measuring over 100 metres.
This year extending to a record 120 metres, the cake will be ready for customers in front of the local church at 4pm.
There will be many variations, some using traditional ingredients like nuts and crystalised fruits and others incorporating carob, white and dark chocolate, orange, sweet potato and, this year’s novelty, berries.
The cake is baked every year before Christmas by Martins and his team at well-known ‘pastelaria’ Kubidoce.
To create it, they use over 160 kilos of flour, 700 eggs, 40 kilos of sugar, 120 kilos of white and dark chocolate, 350 kilos of crystalised fruit and many other delicious ingredients.
Slices will be sold for €0.50, the proceeds of which will go to the town’s girls’ home, Centro de Bem Estar Social Nossa Senhora de Fátima.
There will also be many other activities taking place in the square, including the arrival of Olhão’s very own Santa Claus.
As Martins says: “This party is not just Kubidoce’s anymore, it is Olhão’s.”