How to avoid Rio FOMO without breaking the bank


It's the ultimate summer of sport, and you've not felt this excited about the shot-put or archery since 2012.

Unfortunately, unless you are there, you'll have to stay up pretty late to catch the action. Add to that the great British weather and it hardly feels like Rio around here.

Don't worry yourselves though, we're bringing you the best of Rio right here in the UK.

Go to a Rio-themed event

The Latchmere pub from the outside(David Griffen/ The Latchmere)

The Latchmere in Battersea will be hosting a rum and cachaca pop-up party every day between August 12 and 14 - the weekend Team GB are predicted to win the most medals.

Classic Brazilian cocktails like caipirinhas and caipiroskas start at £8.50 but if you really want to save, shots are £4.

The pub will also be serving up a South American BBQ alongside its normal menu, using authentic ingredients.

The Bar at Bunga Bunga decked out in Brazilian theme (Bunga Bunga)

London's official home of bizarre Italian fun, Bunga Bunga is claiming dual-citizenship and embracing all things Brazil for the Olympics.

They'll be kicking off and closing the celebrations with a Brazilian Supper club hosted by chef Natalie Salmon of the Latina Cook at £25 per person.

In between, the pop-up will feature a Caipirinha bar, sporting an Olympic-themed cocktail menu, frozen bellinis, a Brazilian food menu and samba dancers. They will also keep track of Brazil's medal haul as the games progress on a huge scoreboard, as well as showing the games on screens throughout the venue and bursting confetti cannons to celebrate!

Wildflowers in the foreground, the 2012 Olympic Stadium in the background (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Beach East has been chosen as one of the official fan zones for the 2016 Olympics, so you can be sure to find Olympic spirit in spades there... get it?! Spades?! Never mind...

Made from one thousand tons of sand on Stratford Waterfront, revisit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to watch all the action on the big screens.

If you've got little ones to look after, there will be live performances and dance workshops to keep them entertained. The main party will be on the Bank Holiday weekend.

Eat at the best Brazilian restaurants

(Andrew Y/Yelp)

Urban city guide and app, Yelp, has found the top rated Brazilian bars and restaurants across the country, so you don't have do your own research.

Fazenda in Leeds has a famous salad bar.  Start there, and when you're ready to step it up a notch, flip the card at your table from red to green to let the traditional meat chefs know you're ready for some freshly carved slow-grilled Brazilian meat.

The Tupiniquim food stall (Greg C/Yelp)

If you want your Brazilian nosh to go, Tupiniquim in Edinburgh prides itself on offering Brazil-in-a-box, serving up the city's best gluten-free sweet and savoury Brazil-style crepes. As it's just a wee kiosk, be sure to get there early!

Manchester's Bem Brasil  is a meat lover's dream! The all-you-can-eat pricing includes as much traditional charcoal-grilled beef, chicken or pork as your heart desires and unlimited trips to the buffet salad bar.

If you can't make it to Manchester, they have a Pinterest board full of recipes.

Host a Brazilian-themed BBQ at home

A selection of BBQ products (M&S/Tesco)

Don't fancy going out? That's OK, you can re-create the magic at home. Britain's supermarkets are going wild for Rio-themed goodies, so there is plenty of choice.

Tesco knows where it's at for BBQ, providing a delicious set of Brazilian-inspired sausages from its Finest range (£2.50).

M&S' Spirit of Summer range is also in full Olympic swing, including BBQ treats like Malagueta chicken wings (£4), Latino Rub (£1) and BBQ guava ketchup (£2).

Muscovado Alfajores (Waitrose)

Waitrose has got you covered for pudding. Try making these Muscavado Alfajores.

Make your own Brazilian cocktails

A Caipirinha (Alan Diaz/AP)

What better way to get in the carnival spirit than by mixing yourself up some classic Brazilian cocktails?

Classic Caipirinha
You'll need: 2oz Sagatiba Pura, half a lime cut in wedges, 2 teaspoons of sugar or sweetener
Method: Place the lime and sugar in an old fashioned glass and mash gently with a muddler. Add ice. Pour Sagatiba. Stir well. To jazz it up a bit, garnish with raspberries.

Velha Maca
You'll need: 1½oz Sagatiba Velha, 2oz fresh apple juice, slices of apple
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail glass. Mix well.

Or pour yourself another type of Brazilian booze

Brazliain wines and Riosecco bottle from M&S (Waitrose/M&S)

Waitrose is stocking a Brazilian Chardonnay (£8.79) and a Riqueza Reserva Pinot Noir (£11.99) to get you in the mood.

If you'd prefer bubbles, then the M&S Riosecco (£9) is for you. Made in the same way as Prosecco is in Italy, Riosecco is produced in the Serra Gaucha region of Brazil.

It looks like we won't be missing out after all.