Funchal is amongst the nominated cities for “Gastronomic Destination of the Year” in the category “The Best of 2016” of Revista Wine – A Essencia do Vinho. The magazine has announced the candidates in its 100th edition, and the ceremony to announce the winners will take place tonight in Porto. The Funchal vice-mayor Idalina Perestrelo will represent the city, and is convinced that “this nomination recognizes not only the extraordinary gastronomic and winer making tradition of the city but also the efforts developed by the council in the last years to promote local economy, revitalize its commerce and services, increase tourism and rehabilitate its historic nucleus and reference historic buildings, like the city markets”. Funchal is facing cities like Braga, Estremoz and Mealhada.
In its hundredth edition Revista Win revealed the list of the Best of 2016 as a selection in which, regarless who ultimately wins, the “excellence of the work developed in Portugal in terms of gastronomy and wine making” during the year. Funchal was chosen as a finalist for “Gastronomic Destination of the Year” because it is “much more than a beautiful postcard”. With thousands of visitors crisscrossing its streets every day, says the magazine, “Funchal goes beyond the landscapes and wine, and has in gastronomy one of its biggest attractions”.