Vila do Bispo pulls out all stops for 8th Festival do Perceve
However you like to spell them, Perceves/Percebes (or goose barnacles in English) are the taste of the Western Algarve and a delicacy with pride of place on the table in almost every Portuguese home.
This weekend sees Vila do Bispo’s signature “Festival do Perceve” take place for three glorious days and nights of freshly-cooked perceves, octopus, whelks, crab, eel, you name it, they will have it.
And it’s all served by local fishing associations who work 24/7 to keep their kitchens stocked and the food going out to long trestle tables of eager diners.
Doors open at 2pm on Friday and the ‘party’ keeps going each day until 2am.
This is a festival that attracts more and more people every year. Held always in the grounds of Escola EB 2,3 S. Vicente, there is traditional live music each evening and all kinds of ‘very Portuguese gastronomic delights’ to buy in various stalls.
For anyone who has never been, it is a must. For anyone who knows it, the date will already be in their diaries: Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16. Admission is free.