The 2018 Feast of the Blessed Sacrament is finally upon us, and we have your VIP behind the scenes tour.

Earlier today, I met up with City Councillor and Feast Treasurer Ian Abreu to take a look at the feast grounds and the crew of volunteers hard at work.

It made me realize that I've always just showed up at to a Festa that's been setup already, and never got to see how everything gets put together. From the speakers and lighting to the kitchen where all of the Portuguese cuisine gets cooked, I now have a new outlook on how much really goes into the world's largest Portuguese feast.

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As I was walking down towards the fire pit, I showed up at the perfect time. It was there that I met up with Arthur and Lou, the Feast President and Vice President, who were cooking up some skewers of carne espito. Every year, the day before the big night, they treat the volunteers, committee members and city officials to a delicious meal, and of course a taste of what is to come with the popular Madeira wine.

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Checking out behind the scenes and a little bit of history really puts the Feast into a whole new perspective, and of course, a new level of respect to all the hard workers, volunteers and committee members who have spent countless hours making sure the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament lives up to its billing as the world's largest gathering of people at a single Portuguese feast.

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Hope to see everyone there! I'll be over on Stage One, celebrating my heritage.