THE TRADITIONS of the Algarve’s interior can be discovered at the Feira da Serra de Loulé, hosted at the NERA pavilion, Zona Industrial de Loulé, from December 7 to 10.
There will be more than 100 stalls featuring the wares of local artisans and producers, but the focus of this year’s fair will be one of the Algarve’s greatest natural riches – cork.
A cork exhibition is being organised with the aim of raising awareness among visitors of the fact that cork is one of the most valuable products for the Algarve’s interior in economic, social and cultural terms.
You can expect to find traditional sweets, honey, liqueurs, brandy, wine, dried fruit, smoked sausages and cheeses, as well as organic produce and that’s just the food and drink. There will also be exhibitors offering a range of ceramics, wooden dolls and toys, objects made of cork, baskets, embroidered and crocheted items, paintings and jewellery, to provide just a few examples.
Visitors to Feira da Serra will also have the opportunity to try out the tasquinas (small simple restaurants), which will be offering traditional Algarvean dishes including grilled fish, bean stews and wild boar, not to mention an array of desserts and locally made liqueurs. There will be plenty of entertainment for children with games and activities based on the concept of recycling, as well as face painting and balloon modelling and for the adults, traditional Portuguese music, folklore troupes and Fado. The fair is open from 6pm to midnight on December 7, from 2pm to midnight on December 8 and 9, and from 2pm to 9pm on December 10. There is an entrance fee of two euros.