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It smells like smoked sausages again!

It’s that time of year again when the small village of Querença, in the Loulé hills, will be engulfed by the wonderful smell of smoked sausages. You guessed it, the Festa das Chouriças returns to the village this weekend for another delicious tasting of the typical Portuguese delicacy.

Several stalls will be offering visitors the chance to taste different types of locally produced chouriças.

The festival, in honour of St Louis, the patron saint of animals, is described as one of the most important gastronomic events of the Algarve hinterland.

Starting tomorrow (January 19), the party begins with a night of fado singing at the Casa do Povo events hall from 9pm.

On Sunday from 11am, there will be a chouriças tasting at the church square while religious celebrations commence at 3pm with a mass at the Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Assunção, followed by a procession through the streets of the village.

From 4.30pm at the church square, the highlight of the festival will again take place, which is a chouriças auction. The Grupo de Charolas da Conceição de Faro will  entertain the crowds with traditional singing from 5.30pm.

The background

Tradition has it that families in the interior of the Algarve used to rear pigs to provide them with food for the year and Saint Louis would be asked to look after the pigs to ensure the family had sustenance. To show their gratitude, families would then offer the best homemade chouriças to the patron saint of animals.

The festival aims to recreate the century-old tradition, from rearing the pig to how the by-products are prepared for consumption.

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