Get that Brazilian feeling at Zurich Airport with a month of carnival-shaped fun

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Time Out editors

If you happen to be passing through Zurich Airport soon, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you might have taken a wrong turn somewhere – a wrong turn that’s taken you to a particularly colourful part of Brazil.

From February 21 until March 28 the airport will be celebrating the world-famous Rio Carnival with Brazil Feeling, a series of events designed to transport the magic of Brazil all the way to Zurich.

Learn how to make a caipirinha – the quintessential Carnival tipple – on February 22 in a Brazilian cocktail course. You’ll find out about the key ingredient, cachaça, before tasting several varieties and finally making several different cocktails, also including a mojito. There’ll be live music to lift the mood and snacks to line your stomach.

Get a true taste of the country at the Brazilian Brunch on February 23. Take your pick from a buffet bursting with both European brunch items and traditional Brazilian snacks, all while bossa nova musician Rea Som provides a soothing soundtrack.

Clearly, no Brazilian celebration would be complete without dancing, and thankfully there’ll be plenty of it at Zurich Airport. On February 22, dance troupe UNIÃO will be putting departure hall 2 into a spin with a dazzling showcase of capoeira, the captivating Brazilian martial arts-dance hybrid. The following day, February 23, another dance collective, Samba Ramba Brasil, will be putting on their own mini-carnival, through a seriously energetic performance that’ll snake around the airport. Don’t even try to resist getting involved, just go with it – after all, that’s the real carnival spirit.

Over in Airport Shopping there’ll be all kinds of pop-ups helping visitors get into the swing of things, Brazilian-style, including chocolate and coffee tastings, and a special Brazilian menu and cocktails in Upperdeck restaurant.

And remember that you don’t have to be a passenger on a flight to enjoy the festivities. Anyone can – and definitely should – come and join the fun.

Fancy seeing how the airport’s Brazilian action compares with the real thing? You’re in luck. As part of the celebration there are two competitions to win flights to Brazil, courtesy of Tap Air Portugal and Edelweiss Air. Better start perfecting that samba dance.

Find out more about Brazil Feeling at Zurich Airport’s website.

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