For over two decades, Mauá has hosted its renowned three-day culinary festival, the Concurso Gastronômico, with special emphasis on the local trout and pinhões, giant pine nuts from the native araucaria trees.

In Maringá, don’t miss the Alameda Gastronômica (restaurant row), a street packed with restaurants for every taste along the Minas Gerais side of the Rio Preto. Here you'll find Italian and vegetarian eateries, a German beer garden, a jazz bistro and a restaurant whose menu revolves around local mushrooms.