With the help of the International Olympics Committee, we’ve put together a list of authentic foods that athletes & spectators need to taste during the 2016 Rio Olympics – or anytime!
Açaí (ah sigh ee) is a reddish-purple fruit from the Amazon that’s delicious in smoothies. It can also be mixed with other fruits & topped with granola.
[By CostaPPPR (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]
Beijinho de coco (bay jee ño dee coco) is a coconut truffle made with condensed milk.
[credit: Bianca Bueno, Flickr]
Brigadeiro is made from condensed milk, powdered chocolate, butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover the outside layer. This is Brazil’s version of the chocolate truffle.
[credit: Mayra Chiachia, Flickr]
4. Comida A kilo
Self-serve buffet bars where the weight of your plate determines the price.
[By Mark Miller (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]
The coxinha is a popular food in Brazil consisting of chopped or shredded chicken meat, covered in dough, molded into a shape resembling a chicken leg, battered and fried.
[credit Marina Torchiarim Flickr]
Farofa (far-rough-fah) is a tasty blend of fried cassava flour. Sometimes eaten with eggs, and banana.
[credit: Fabiane Secomandi, Flickr}
Brazilian Feijoada is a national dish of Rio de Janeiro. It’s made with black beans, a variety of salted pork or beef products, such as pork trimmings (ears, tail, feet), bacon, smoked pork ribs, and at least two types of smoked sausage and jerked beef (loin and tongue) and in some regions of the northeast, like Bahia and Sergipe they usually add vegetables like cabbage, kale, potatoes, carrots, okra, pumpkin, chayote and sometimes banana. They are added at the end of the cooking, on top of the meat, so they are cooked by the vapors of the beans and meat stew.
[credit: Helder Ribeiro, Flickr]
8. Fruta do conde
Also known as sugar-apple or custard apple, the flesh is fragrant and sweet, creamy white to light yellow, and resembles and tastes like custard. How do you eat it? Cut it in half and use a spoon and scoop out the awesomeness. Just don’t eat the seeds.
[By Hellkt (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]
9. Mandioca Frita
Similar to french fries but made with fried yucca instead of potatoes.
[credit: Joel Bechtolt, Flickr]
Moqueca is a mix of saltwater fish like shark and swordfish cooked slowly in a terra-cotta pot with coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, coriander and some palm oil.
[By DAR7 e Eloy Olindo Setti (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]
Paçoca is a Brazilian candy made of ground peanuts, cassava flour, sugar and salt. It is known for its distinct dry texture and sweet taste, and is one of the most beloved Brazilian candies.
[credit: Leonardo “Leguas” Carvalho, CC BY-SA 2.5]
12. Pao de Queijo
These cheese buns are inexpensive and often sold from street vendors, in snack shops, and in grocery stores
[credit: Rodrigo Gianesi
Pastel (pass-tell) is a fried pastry pocket which can be filled with cheese, meat, shrimp, bean broth, or nothing at all.
[CC BY-SA 2.0]
In Brazil, the most prized cut of meat tends to be the picanha, which is most accurately translated as the rump cap.
[By Derickbaumgartner (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]
Quindim is a popular Brazilian baked dessert made from sugar, egg yolks, and ground coconut. This custard is usually presented as an upturned cup with a glistening surface and intense yellow color.
[credit: Leonardo “Leguas” Carvalho, CC BY-SA 2.5]
16. Romeu & Julieta
Romeu e Julieta (romeu-ee-ju-lee-ey-tah) is a dessert made of guava paste and soft textured white cheese.
[credit: Mr.TinDC, Flickr]
Tangerines are a popular choice at Rio’s many fresh juice bars.
Rio by the Numbers
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will feature 28 sports and 42 disciplines. They will take place over 17 days and include 10,500 athletes, representing 205 National Olympic Committees. There will be 7.5 million tickets for about 700 sessions, 3.8 million of them costing less than $22 USD.
The Rio 2016 ticket application process is available only for Brazilian residents over 18 years old with a CPF (Brazilian tax ID). If you live outside Brazil and want to attend the Games, it will be necessary to contact the Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) for your territory to buy tickets. Both residents and non-residents will also be able to buy any remaining tickets at the ticket box offices from June 2016 onwards.
Looking for a hotel in Rio? We suggest the relaxing atmosphere at the new Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro. It’s three signature restaurants, designed by acclaimed Brazilian architect Arthur Casas, showcase gastronomic choices that highlight the local flavors that the cuisine in Rio de Janeiro is known for.
Be sure to take some time out from sightseeing to learn about the local culinary scene. Sample the city’s complex cuisine with a food tour in Rio or take a cooking class and learn how to create some of Brazil’s traditional dishes with a local chef.