FATACIL 2016 begins Friday

Friday (August 19) marks the start of FATACIL, Lagoa’s hugely popular summer fair which returns this year with a €150,000 makeover and an increased focus on the Algarve.

Taking place until next Sunday (August 28), the event is visited by around 200,000 people every year and is one of the Algarve’s longest-standing summer events.

It features everything from local crafts and businesses promoting their work to all kinds of delicious food and regional delicacies as well as a long list of entertainment, concerts and equestrian shows.

All this will be taking place in a renovated fairground this year.

The €150,000 makeover has been designed to take FATACIL to “the next level”.

“We conducted surveys, and noticed that one of the main complaints visitors made was that the fair was always the same. It has been around for 37 years, so the time has come to give it a new image and offer visitors a more modern experience,” councillor Luís Encarnação explained at the start of the summer.

Some of the fairground’s most well-known infrastructures, like the eastern portico and the old main stage, have been torn down and replaced with new building, which the council says it is confident will make the event “much better”.

Another novelty this year is that FATACIL will focus more on the Algarve.

Said Lagoa mayor Francisco Martins: “The Algarve has slowly disappeared from FATACIL,” thus this year’s effort to ensure that “at least half of the fair’s exhibitors are from the region”.

With wine as the main theme, Fatacil will continue to boast a variety of stalls showcasing local handicrafts, tourism, agriculture, industry, food and retail sectors.

The musical programme this year features several famous Portuguese acts, including DAMA (Friday, August 19), Anselmo Ralph (Saturday, 20), The Gift (Sunday, 21), Agir (Monday, 22), Miguel Araújo (Tuesday, 23), Quim Barreiros (Wednesday, 24), Rita Guerra (Thursday, 25), Mickael Carreira (Friday, 26), Ana Moura (Saturday, 27) and Rui Veloso (Sunday, 28).

Daily tickets cost €3.50, while a 10-day pass is available for €20. Admission is free for children under 12.

Doors open at 6pm and close at 1am. Concerts on the main stage begin at 10.30pm.