Arab delights at Faro ‘souk’

Faro will be staging a gastronomic event to celebrate Arab cuisine from July 10 to 14.

Named ‘Arabian Days’, the event will take place from 7pm to 1am each day in the historic area of Vila Adentro.

Visitors will be able to try various couscous dishes, meals cooked with a tagine, a Berber dish from North Africa cooked in a clay cookware with a conical shaped top, kebabs, shish kebabs, typical vegetables and fruits, and other gastronomic delights in this purposely-created souk (open-air market).

But Arabian Days will be more than an opportunity to taste Arab food, as cultural and traditional aspects of countries such as Morocco and Tunisia will also be featured.

There will be show-cooking sessions daily, with visitors able to taste the dishes prepared during a gourmet dinner, including starter, two main courses, dessert and coffee or tea, for a price of €25 per person. A belly-dancing show will complement the dining experience.

A low cost menu at €5 per person will be served in the many tents set up, including a main course, Arab bread and a drink.

The fusion between Arab and Western gastronomy will also be a highlight with various activities planned by the Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Faro.

Expected to be a fun day for the whole family, Arabian Days will also see the recreation of an Arabian desert palace, where visitors will be able to interact with camels, a falcon and even an Arab dog, watch belly-dancing demonstrations, fire-eaters, jugglers and snake charmers, try out henna body art and use the services of Tarot readers, among many other surprises.

Entrance to the event costs €5 and children under six enter for free. A family ticket (2 adults + 2 children between six and 12) costs €15.

Arabian Days is a project by Press Happiness and has the support of Faro Câmara, Turismo do Algarve, Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Faro, Antena 1, Fagar, Emirates, Sagres and Continente.