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26th Annual Seafood Festival attracts large crowds

Olhão’s Festival do Marisco, the largest event of its kind in Europe, again attracted more than 60,000 visitors.

Every day, chefs took up the challenge to create innovative seafood recipes using the very best of locally-sourced ingredients – oysters, clams, cooked shrimp, grilled lobsters, crabs and many other specialties – whilst visitors enjoyed the stunning views over the Ria Formosa.

Add in some of the world’s top music groups, tickets costing €8 for adults and €3 for children and you have an instant recipe for success.

President of the Olhão Camara, Francisco Leal opened the Festival on August 10 when Queen on Fire, considered by many to be the best Freddie Mercury tribute band, enthralled the crowds.

The following nights featured Xutos & Pontapés, Pedro Abrunhosa, Tony Carreira, and Ar de Rock.

The acclaimed Brazilian rock band Calcinha Preta, currently making their first European tour, closed the Festival with a dynamic display that had young and old alike dancing the night away.

Chris Wright