Welcome/Bem-vindo to our 103rd Annual Celebration
August 3,4,5,6, 2017

103rd President of the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Steven B. Duarte

2017 Feast President 

I welcome you to the 103rd Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the largest Portuguese Feast in the world; where admission and entertainment are still “free”!

Thank you to our Presenter Partners that help make this possible, and a very special thanks to our festeiros and families for their dedication and hard work, I will try and make you proud!

I am, honored and delighted to be elected as this year’s Feast president. We have an outstanding executive committee, led by my best friend, John Alves as Vice-President, Treasurer Rich Wilkinson, Recording Secretary Dave Gonsalves, and Corresponding Secretary Carl Colangelo. I cannot thank these gentlemen and families enough for their hard work and dedication!

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What People Saying About The Feast

Jessica wrote:

The Feast is the time of the year I usually  plan my vacation around. Best food, seeing friends that you haven't seen in years, or at least since last year, and great entertainment! Right here in our back yards. A time to be proud of our city and culture. And Candlebox rocks! Good choice for a national band. Their music is awesome!

Tammy wrote:

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament is a wonderful event filled with so many components, yet each as important as the other: parades, religious and cultural gatherings among family and friends, musical entertainment, food, drink, souvenirs, etc. Attending this feast makes me even more proud to be Portuguese, and thrilled that it takes place in my birth city of New Bedford.

Andrea wrote:

I love everything about the Feast! The food of course is delicious! Its hard to pick what to eat everyday. And that its 4 days long is awesome. Family and friends for out of town always come home for the feast, so that makes it more special. And the entertainment is fantastic! And there is no entrance fee! I love the feast so much, i attend every day!

Jessica wrote:

Tons of fun, meet and see lots of good people, and of course the Wine!

Fatima wrote:

Love the carne de espeto cant wait to try the madeira cod fish sandwich & we cant forget the madeira wine :)

Tim wrote:

The Awesome music year after year!  Every year after a great weekend of food drinks and music, I always wonder who will play at next years feast.  Always another great band to look forward to!

Cathy wrote:

Carne guisada, tried it last year, loved it!

Linda wrote:

I look forward to bringing my mom and little sis all the way from CT to join in the fun as my dad once brought us-years b4 he passed away.I know he'll be there in spirit...& we'll be sure to visit his "brick" ("A.A. from Campanário, Madeira Island") ...by the well,next to the museum. xoxo ...'Till then!

Cheryl wrote:

who doesn't love the feast, the best event ever. i love seeing friends i haven't seen in awhile and the food is awesome! the entertainment is the go to for me.

Jessica wrote:

Music and Food of course.. but the sense of family is what i like most. bringing my children and making a family trip. that is the best part for me :) Happy 100th!! See you all there!!

Carolyn wrote:

Everything, but I'll have to pick the cacoila sandwich. Can't wait to be there.

Brian wrote:

Linguica sandwich and a cold beer, a malassadas and hot cup of coffee to end the night, u can't beat it !!!!

Kathi wrote:

Does madeira wine count as food???  Lol. I had it for the first time last year at the feast with my 82 year old Dad.  The carne espeto (spelling?) that we did on the skewers.  We had never done it before and we were both like two little kids in a candy store.  We had so much fun with the whole process and the laughs.  Sharing this moment with my Dad was the best time ever.  Thank you!!!

Clayton wrote:

How does someone pick a favorite thing about the feast? It's the tradition that it's August it's the Feast, it's the energy while there, it's the food, it's a toast of wine with friends and family.

Marcia wrote:

What is there not to LOVE About the portuguessesfeast,I enjoy cooking meat with the wine , an a shot for me to , getting together with family an friends , enjoy all the entertainment,I love that everyone is happy to be there .always look forward to going,each summer! Thank you All for making it all happen;such a wonderful festive TIME...see you 7/30/15

Katelyn wrote:

I love being able to meet up with friends and family.  You never know who you are going to see at the Feast!  I also love being able to help out and volunteer my time.  I have been a part of the Feast since 1998, when my brothers and I helped serve Malasadas.  This has been a part of my life for so long that EVERYONE there has become a second family to me. I love being able to share my Portuguese Heritage with the world!

Christine wrote:

I love meeting up with old friends and making new ones!! The food is awesome and I absolutely love the Sangria with my shot of Madeira of course. Thanks for making every year memorable and adding Country music to the line up..LOL





103rd Annual Celebration August 3-6, 2017

Featuring both kid-themed activities such as face painting and more...

See all Family Fun Day Entertainment & Activities

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament 2016 Committee Members

The 2016 Feast Committee has worked tirelessly all year in order to deliver an amazing FEAST! Congratulations on your success and thank you for your dedication and commitment.

 Feast President - Paul E. Leconte

Click Here to see all 2016 Feast Committee Members

What Makes the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament Special?

In the months and weeks leading up to the annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, the question if often asked “What makes the Feast so special?” The truth is that every volunteer has a different story. Read More


By Stephen L. Cabral, Ph.D.
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament was established at the Church of the Immaculate Conception during the first weekend of August in 1915.


Volunteers have dedicated themselves to making this year's Feast the best!

HISTORY: The Grupo Folclorico Madeirense do Clube Santissimo Sagrado Sacramento was founded in 1979 by Ms. Dulce Reis  READ MORE

First Vice President - Paul E. Leconte, President - David Lucio,Son of M Coutinho - Gabe Coutinho Sr., Duaghter of M Coutinho - Lourdes Peixoto, Son of M Coutinho - Joe Coutinho, Feast President - Nelson De Gouveia

100 Years Later Four Founders Finally Get Recognition In Madeira



Greater New Bedford Regional Voc-Tech was the recipient of a $10,000 donation from the Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento and the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. Read More.

Location, Date, and Hours

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

Madeira Field, 50 Madeira Ave New Bedford, MA 02746


Opening Day of the Feast

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament commences Thursday with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue. Led by the Feast President, the Festeiros march in a special procession down Earle Street to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is located at the corner of Earle Street and Madeira Avenue. At the church, Father Daniel O. Reis celebrates a special Benediction to the Blessed Sacrament.

The sincere best wishes of the church are then bestowed upon the Festeiros and the Club Madeirense S. S. Sacramento, Inc. for hosting the Feast and for contributing to the well being of the entire community. The Festeiros also receive the church’s blessing and are reminded to pay homage to the Feast’s religious origins honoring the Blessed Sacrament. Following the Benediction, the Festeiros march to the memorial area at Madeira Field where they honor the original founders of the Feast and initiate the opening ceremonies. Since its beginning in 1915, this feast has celebrated the rich culture of the Portuguese people and in particular the heritage of the people of Madeira, a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean.


Continuous live entertainment on three stages featuring top
name entertainment plus cabaret style music and Fado singers in
the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of
Madeiran Heritage. Full entertainment schedule will be posted
soon on the website  www.PortugueseFeast.com

Traditional Madeiran Portuguese dinner with numerous menu choices for full dinners in the main pavilion.  Cook-you-own barbecue beef (carne d’espeto), sweet malassadas (fried dough)plus linguica (sausage) and baccalau (codfish) sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries.  Madeira wine imported in giant casks by special agreement with the Madeiran Government.

Kids day and half-price senior specials on Saturday afternoon- Saturday, Free admission to the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, 5K road race (cash prizes- entry form on website), largest and longest parade in New Bedford starting at Brooklawn Park, traditional folk dances, family oriented carnival midway, street vendors and much more!

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will host its annual parade on Sunday, in the City of New Bedford. The parade will start at2 p.m.
Over forty different organizations will march the one mile route
from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds at Madeira Field.


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