Team Building in Portugal: 10 Foodie Activities

Things to do in Portugal


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The best way to motivate your team is to surprise them with unexpected leisure activities, no doubt about that!

Everybody knows that food brings people together – there’s no doubt about that!

So improving your team’s ability to communicate, to bond and specially to work together using cooking classes, workshops and show-cookings is quite a good idea. Ultimately the result is collective motivation and improve of productivity. If that’s the goal you’re going for, we have selected a handful of team building activities in Portugal.

Lucky for you, Portugal is becoming a world foodie destination and offers on food events and activities are endless. From cooking classes to show-cookings and private dinings.

The variety of gastronomy goes from traditional Portuguese, Asian, African and a special growing market: Vegan. All events have gluten-free and vegetarian options, so you will please everyone’s diet and tastes.

Cooking classes are perfect to develop ability to work together and to learn about a new culture. Show-Cookings are phenomenal for corporative breaks, requiring minimum energy to cook. Food events outdoors are fantastic to learn more about a culture through food and to enjoy life out of the office for a few hours.

Overall, any food related activity is a great way to spend some quality time as a team.

So have a look at what we have for you:

1. Portuguese Cuisine Cooking Classes

Of course, if you are visiting Portugal, the first recommendation has to be traditional Portuguese food.

If you’ve ever tasted Portuguese food you know Portuguese the diversity of dishes and ingredients amazes any foodie.

Because Portugal has a long coast line and has a strong connection to the sea, the seafood and shellfish dishes are easy to find. Meat specialities are vary as well. It actually depends on the type of food you’d like to cook: from north to south Portugal the variety of food is endless and the recipes never cease to amaze foodies.

With traditional Portuguese cuisine cooking classes, foodies learn the secrets of our traditional recipes while having a delightful time together, wether chopping onions or boiling potatoes.

In the end everyone enjoys the delicious meal they have cooked.

These classes can also include a visit to the local markets.

Cities with cooking classes available: Lisbon, Porto and Funchal (Madeira Island)

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2. Wine Tastings

With vineyards that go back centuries in time, and wines that have won multiple international awards, it is safe to say that Portugal has quite an incredible offer for such a small country. Port Wine leads the way of exportations with the green wine right behind.

Most of the finest productions stay in the country. A reason strong enough to visit Portugal to have a wine tasting.

Wine as well as liqueurs are big in the country, the Portuguese have appetizers wine, main course wine, dessert wines and digestives. Bring your team for a relaxing environment to learn all about this amazing wine culture.

Cities with wine tastings available: Lisbon, Porto and Pico Island (Azores)

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3. Port Wine Tasting & Workshop

Speaking of wines, this Port Wine Cocktail Workshop is a little secret yet very popular among locals. Actually, Portugal’s #1 exported wine is becoming quite trendy as a cocktail.

Gather your team for the ultimate Port Wine experience: a workshop with 4 different cocktails, where you get to learn about the history of Port Wine, its styles, while tasting delicious combinations of fruits, herbs and sparkling wine.

This experience is only available in Porto

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4. Pastel de Nata Cooking Class

Bloggers are talking about it, vloggers are cooking it and every foodie experience in Portugal includes a stop just to taste the delicious “Pastel de Nata”.

So who’s up for a cooking class to learn the secret recipe of the famous and delicious Portuguese custard tart?

There’s vegan options and soft drinks included.

This cooking class is available in Lisbon

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5. Show-Cookings

Show-cookings are perfect if you want your team to relax for a while.

It promotes conviviality but it’s doesn’t really require a team’s work (except from eating).

Show-cookings are requested mostly for groups attending business events or meetings.

These foodie events are don’t usually take as long as a cooking class or workshop, but are perfect if you’re seeking for your team to spend time together.

Available in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal (Madeira Island)

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6. Sushi Workshops

Sushi is big in Portugal.
The thing is that Portugal has amazing fish and shellfish and quite fantastic – and very skilled – Sushi Chefs. Learn to make an prepare delicious maki, temaki, uramaki, sashimi, nigiri and master the tools required for this Japanese cuisine.

Sushi workshops are usually for beginners, as it’s more fun, but if there are sushi experts in your team, we can arrange a more challenging class!

This cooking class is available in Lisbon

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7. Food Tours

What better way to visit a city than to explore it on a food tour? Walking around the city learning about the culture, visiting the streets and tasting the food it’s also a great way to optimize your time in a city.

Walking tours are a great option for groups attending events with little time to explore the city.

Cities where food tours are available: Lisbon, Porto and Funchal (Madeira Island)

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8. Fishing Trips With Meals Included

This is for the brave ones! And by brave we mean brave stomach and arm strength to pull the hook and finish the killing. No room for vegans on this one, sorry.

Fun is guaranteed and people will learn to work together for a common goal: to catch the meal!

These fishing trips are available in South and Northern areas of Lisbon and Pico Island (Azores)

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9. Picnics

Picnics are a fantastic choice for Spring and Summer time.

If your team works in an office from 9 to 5, being in beautiful places outdoors enjoying the sun while wine and snacks, is something they will certainly appreciate.

Lisbon is one of the best cities for picnics as it has fantastic gardens and secret spots to enjoy amazing views while tasting delicious gastronomy.

Picnic are also a perfect fit if you are on a budget for team building activities.

Available in Lisbon and Pico Island (Azores)

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10. Vegan Experiences

A growing market yet quite difficult to find options in Portugal.

If you’re not vegan, let me tell that you will be amazed how delicious vegan food tastes.

Due to its gastronomy diet based on meat and fish, Portugal has a long way to go before every foodie experience has options available.

But have no worries. We’ve got your team covered with delicious vegan food experiences.

Tell us know what you’re looking for and we will get back to you with delicious solutions:

Vegan experiences are exclusive (for now) in Lisbon

Developing your team’s skills can be a challenge and might take some patience and extra efforts.

Nevertheless, you can start by surprising them with delicious foodie activities.

We will arrange everything so you can just colect the results: communication and teamwork.

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About the author


I’m fascinated by the unique cultures of the world and I love to explore new places through local gastronomy. My passion for food lead me on my biggest adventure: build my own startup. So, 10kg later, FoodieBookings was born to provide the best (and most authentic) Portuguese food experiences 🙂

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