Sprawling over eight million square kilometres, Brazil is as massive as it is majestic. From the mighty Amazon in the north to the Gaúcho cowboy culture in the south, itGÇÖs a country with passionate people and unforgettable scenery. As interest builds in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, this series showcases the food, football and culture specific to the 12 capital cities playing host to the matches. ItGÇÖs impossible to overstate the excitement surrounding BrazilGÇÖs second-time hosting of the World Cup, the worldGÇÖs biggest sporting event. When the national team is playing football, the entire nation is focused on the game and its heart is on the field. This series explores and celebrates BrazilGÇÖs cultural diversity, viewing daily life through the eyes of local chefs, football legends, musicians, artists and everyday workers. Host Fernanda de Paula, a Brazilian-born Australian who is passionate about her homeland, rediscovers the food and people she grew up with and uncovers BrazilGÇÖs soul. From the pounding drums of the Afro-Brazilian capital, Salvador, to the floating villages of the Amazon, she meets the people that infuse everyday life in Brazil with passion. Each episode will leave the audience feeling like itGÇÖs been there, assaulted with the smells, flavours and overall intoxication that is inevitable when truly experiencing Brazil. EPISODE 1 GÇô CURITIBA & BELO HORIZONTE Fernanda starts her homeland tour in Curitiba, a city that boasts the best quality of life in Brazil. A feast with loved ones in her hometown of Belo Horizonte also helps her ease back into the lifestyle. EPISODE 2 GÇô S+â¦ÆO PAULO & FORTALEZA / FERNANDO DE NORONHA Fernanda explores S+â-úo Paulo, a metropolis with 20 million residents and a melting pot of BrazilGÇÖs heritage and diversity. Fernanda then escapes the hectic pace courtesy of an island paradise in BrazilGÇÖs north. EPISODE 3 GÇô BRASILIA & RIO DE JANEIRO Fernanda uncovers new traditions in BrazilGÇÖs futuristic capital, Brasilia - then heads to her beloved Rio de Janeiro to explore the origins of BrazilGÇÖs passion for football. EPISODE 4 GÇô RIO DE JANEIRO (CARNIVAL), RECIFE (CARNIVAL), PORTO ALEGRE & MANAUS Carnival is an exciting time to be in Brazil and Fernanda joins the parades and celebrations. She then heads south to the Gaúcho cowboy capital of Porto Alegre and continues into the mystical heart of the Amazon rainforest, finding a surprisingly large city on the banks of the Amazon River. EPISODE 5 GÇô MANAUS & NATAL Fernanda ventures deeper into the jungle to explore the communities and the people who live on the water for up to nine months of the year, before returning to civilisation - the tourist mecca of Natal, known as a playground for the adventurous. EPISODE 6 GÇô CUIABA & SALVADOR In the geographical heart of South America Fernanda explores the beauty of the Pantanal before finishing her cross-country jaunt in Salvador, the Afro-Brazilian heart of Brazil. Here she reflects on how much has changed since sheGÇÖs been away.
This is Brazil