The historical and cultural importance of the Baiana de acarajé
The Baianas de Acarajé Memorial is a space dedicated to the history and tradition of the baianas de acarajé job. However, this memorial understanding is also beyond these walls. It is in the streets and squares, in the popular festivals, it is in the very experience of eating an acarajé, of sitting next to the baiana, of recognizing the smell of the palm oil from the other corner. The Memorial was inaugurated in Salvador historic center in June 2009. As the name suggests, the space is dedicated to the tradition and history of the women who commercialize this Bahia’s typical food, made with beans, which carries pepper, dried shrimp, vatapá, caruru and salad.
The place, registered by the National Institute of Artistic and Historical Heritage from the Ministry of Culture (Iphan / MinC) as Cultural Heritage of Brazil, has exhibition and documentation spaces. The visitor can see, for example, props, handicrafts and some gastronomic instruments used by them, a way of preserving the trade, with the idea of showing to the population and the visitors how it is, how it started and how far the Baiana de Acarajé profession is going, with photos, objects, clothing and two videos.
The Baianas de Acarajé Memorial
Address: Cruz Caída, Praça da Sé – Pelourinho, Salvador – BA, 40301-155
Opening hours: from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.
Phone: (71) 3322-9674
Museu das Baianas. Pelourinho, Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Amanda Oliveira.