Mediterranean Diet fair returns “bigger and better” than ever

The Mediterranean Diet Fair will be returning to Tavira between September 3 and August 7, promising to be “bigger and better” than ever before.

Not only will it be the first four-day edition, the fair will also boast more exhibitors and entertainment, including a new children’s playing area.

The fair will also incorporate the International SlowMed Festival, which will bring nearly 100 foreign guests to Tavira for a number of “showcookings”, conferences and debates.

SlowMed is an EU-backed initiative, which aims to promote food as a “means of dialogue in Mediterranean contexts”. It includes Portugal, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine.

With the combination of the fair and festival, there will be no shortage of food-related events taking place in the Eastern Algarve town.

Plus there will be musical performances every night, as well as countryside walks, boat trips along Ria Formosa and birdwatching events.

Around 25 local restaurants will also be preparing special Mediterranean-inspired menus to coincide with the fair.

The bulk of activities will take place in the town’s historic centre along the Gilão river.

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The Mediterranean Diet was considered World Intangible Heritage by UNESCO in 2013.

It includes the daily consumption of bread, pasta or rice, vegetables and fruit. Olive oil should be the main source of fat, and a moderate consumption of fish, white meat, dairy products and eggs is recommended. Sugar and red meat should be rare indulgences.

Physical activity, water and a moderate consumption of wine are also important parts of the diet.