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Jun 10, 2006 12:11 AM

Richmond - Big Brazilian festival - Festa Junina today 6/10

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I didn't find out about this till today. But this seems to be a traditinal June festival in Brazil.

From the link below about how it works in Brazil

" you will eat Brazilian sweets and drink Quentão, a warm drink made with pinga or Vinho Quente, a warm spicy wine."

Also in Brazil there are typical foods such as Maria Mole, Rapadura, Pamonha, Pé de Moleque, Paçoca, Sweet and Salty popcorn, Cotton Candy (Algodão Doce), Churrasco, Cural de Milho, Milho Verde, Canjica, Doce de Abobora, Doce de Amendoim, Cocada, and many others.

Now I don't know how much will be at this fest but they do promise food, drink, live music and a lot of fun.

It cotst $10 to get in and the only other info I have is the address:

Veterans Hall
968 23rd St at Lincoln St
Richmond, Ca

Hours are 5 pm till midnight


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  1. NOW I read a more detailed article about Festa Junina ... after I went to the one in Richmond tonight. It explains alot.

    I was beginning to think people in Brazil dressed like Pippi Longstockings. And where was the Bossa Nova? I know Latin farm music when I hear it.

    There is a bigger Festa in San Rafael on Saturday June 17th. Details below. Lots of Brazilian food, drink and music. Get the kebabs ... seriously.

    So it turns out this festa was for St John the Baptist. The weather cooperated with the Festa. In Brazil it is winter, and it was cold and windy in Richmond tonight.

    Which made it perfect for the Quentão, a warm drink made with Vinho Quente or hot red wine. I learned the word for hot in Portuguese today - quente. It is sort of a hot mulled wine with cloves. Not bad even though I'm not partial to cloves.

    Lots of Brazilian food to buy. I asked at one table what was being sold and was told kebobs. Yeah, well, I can get kebabs anywhere. I start to move on.

    "Brazilian kebabs" he says. I keep moving away.

    "The sausage kebabs are home-made"

    "I'll have a kebob please" says I.

    I forgot in my recent exploration of Brazilian snack food that Brazilians are really good with meat. That was one tasty kebab, dense and chewy in a good way with delicious spice. I'm sorry I didn't get the beef and chicken kabobs too, but I was loaded down with other snacks.

    The Pamonha are Brazil's tamale. The cheese and salt are good. The corn meal is sweet and there are whole sweet corn kernals that contrast with the salt. The cheese brings it together.

    It is moister than a Mexican tamale, but not as soupy as some Central American versions.

    The cheese pastel, was a large square fried cheese-filled turnover where the dough was in flakey blisters.

    Canjica, was a sort of pudding like tapioca using instead corn that was something like the texture of hominy. There was a little clove in there too. I assume it is clove unless Brazilians have a spice that is similar to that.

    I was beginning to think Brazilians REALLY like corn. Then I read the Wikipedia article that said this was a festival to celebrate the corn harvest and many of the dishes contain corn.

    The Wiki article goes on to explain that sometimes Canjica is made with peanuts. In fact one lady started out telling me that it had peanuts and was corrected by the other. They then got into a discussion about how sometimes their mothers made it with peanuts.

    There was lots more food, but so little stomach space left. There was Brazilian flan and a custard-like dessert made out of yucca. There were all sorts of whipped cream cakes and chocolate thingies and sweets and cookies.

    I think the ladies of St. John the Baptist did the cooking. Being St. John's is kind of multi-cultural (66 nationalities attending) there was also a lumpia stand ... of course, it COULD have been Brazilian lumpia, but the people were looking more Filipino.

    The whole time I was there, I kept getting the feeling I was at a Brazillian wedding with no bride and groom.

    We were in a large rented hall. There were tons of children. Everybody was dancing, kids with parents, young adults, older couples ... it was a wedding like band ... you know the scene.

    Then I re-read the link in the OP which says:

    "One of the highlights of a Festa Junina is a "quadrilha" which is a type of square dance ... A "couple" getting married leads the other couples in the quadrilha. Their wedding ceremony is only one part of a complex dance. The groom always runs away and is often brought back by an angry father of the bride."

    Yeah, it is a mock, not real wedding. They did an brief version while I was there. It also explained the corner.

    There was this corner where groups of kids would push unwilling women and men. I'm guessing this had to do with the runaway bride/groom.

    Lots of the little kids had braided pigtails, their cheeks brightly rouged with big freckles painted on. Some of the adult women were dressed liked this.

    Some men wore overalls, real McCoy farm overalls with straw hats. Some of the guys wore pig tails too. Little boys, like during Mexican celebrations, had beards and mostaches painted on.

    So walk into THAT when you don't know what's going on and my perception of sleek, cool, sexy Brazilians was being severely challenged.

    There were some carnival games for the kids. The kids seemed to have these poppers that they would throw at each other that sounded like caps or fire-crackers.

    I'm just going to have to watch the world cup now. This has been a Brazilian weekend.

    Festa Junio San Rafael

    Saturday June 17th starting at 2 pm.

    Mission San Rafael
    1104 Fifty Avenue
    ESQ C/ A St
    San Rafael
    415 847-0602
    415 987-6065

    Ten bucks gets you in the door to hear the music. Food and drink are separate from $1 - $4.

    OK, this is what it says on the flyer and I assume this is all food

    churrasquinho - I think thats those kebabs ... you gotta get those.

    Pamhonha - corn tamales - get the salt/cheese ones
    Caldos - I'm guessing soups, we didn't have those
    Doces - cakes/sweets I think
    Quentao - hot, spiced red wine
    You are on your own with the rest
    pipoca, curau, canjica, brincadeiras (this is listed just above the word bingo in the list so it may or may not be food related)

    This Wiki link has a good overview. The link in the OP also has more info on the June Festas.


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    1. re: rworange

      I was curious about the other foods that may be served in San Rafael. Here's a link to a General Board post with more information.

      Who would have thought walking into the boring, chain-looking Americana Pizza & Taqueria and causally picking up a flyer while waiting for a taco would have led to discovering so much about Brazilian food?

      Americana Pizza was one of the sponsors of the event. One of the other sponsors , a travel agency, had free copies of two Brazil magazines published in California - Brazil Best and Brazil Magazine.

      These are good for sources of other Brazilian food and groceries in the Bay Area.

      I know I've mentioned Cybelles Pizza, 2984 Junipero Serra Blvd in Daly City before. They have three Brazilian entrees each day of the week. Also, not totally translated in their ad - "Caldos - Mocoto, Frango (chicken), feijao, e outros"

      AVP International Market, 175 W 25th St, San Mateo. This seems to be the biggest Brazilian Grocery in the Bay Area. They have a meat counter and deli.

      Everybody on Chowhound knows about Cleo's in San Bruno, but what you might not know is that the have live Brazilian music on Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun nights from 6-10. So if you are planning on Brazilian BBQ that might be the time to go.

      I may not have mentioned

      Manor Room Pizza, 442 Manor Plaza, Daly City

      Rosa's Trade Rite Market, 1555 Alum Rock Ave, SJ which I knew was Portuguese, also says it carries Brazilian groceries.

      Skylark Bar in SF is having Pagadeo Sundays. They translate it as "(puh-go-dou) a traditional Brazilian party. This may just be drinks and music though. It starts at 5, every Sunday. The website doesn't mention it, but you could call if interested.

      Hmmm ... Pancho Villa taqueria at Pier 1 near the Ferry Building has an ad saying Mexican food with a touch of Brazil. Keep your eyes open next time you stop by. I'm so proud of myself. I read that PV ad in Portuguese and knew what it said.

      If you want to learn Portuguese, these two free magazines have all the articles in both English and Portuguese. It is just some of the ads that are not translated.

      This month's issue of Brazil Magazine has a review of Mangoresa, the Italian-Brazilian restaurant in North Beach. They write that the Italian connection is not as odd as it sounds (no kidding) since there are 25 million Italian descendants living in Brazil. I didn't know they made pao de queijo, or cheese bread. Even though the restaurant got a luke-warm mention on Chowhound, I want to try out that bread which I had at Sunstream on Geary and liked very much.