Goose barnacles take centre stage in Vila do Bispo

Vila do Bispo will hold its fourth ‘Festival do Perceve’ (Goose Barnacle Festival) on the weekend of September 4-6 at the local EB 2,3 São Vicente school.

Considered the “icon of Vila do Bispo”, the goose barnacle will be joined by a variety of seafood dishes – mussels, xerém (a type of corn-based shellfish dish), cuttlefish and octopus – all available from stalls to be eaten on long tables.
Live music too is promised every night.

Organised by the association of Vila do Bispo and Costa Vicentina shell-fishermen, the festival annually attracts thousands to the western Algarve town.

“It’s a unique festival, with the seafood being cooked by the very men who catch it,” Paulo Barata, the president of the association explained.

Doors open at 1.30pm every day, with tickets, which include a complimentary drink, costing €2.