FEIRA DA Serra, an annual three-day fair held in São Brás de Alportel last weekend, proved as popular as ever this year, drawing thousands of visitors to savour the traditions, flavours and music from Serra do Caldeirão.
The plethora of stalls featured locally produced cheese and cured meats, sweets, cakes and handmade ice cream, not to mention good selections of wine, brandy and liqueurs. Food and drink products aside, there was also an array of beautiful handicrafts including baskets and wicker items, hand-carved wooden toys, cork accessories, cloth dolls, decorative mats, table linen, ornaments, clothing and jewellery, to name just some of the items available. Some of the artisans could be seen in action during the event, adding to the authenticity of this typical Algarvean festival.
However, there was much more to the fair than just the stalls and craft displays. A special children’s area had been created featuring a whole range of activities including face-painting, ‘hook the fish’ competitions, as well as bouncy castles and wheelbarrow races. Another area was designated for animals and featured a ring where regular equestrian shows were being staged, an APAA charity stall displaying various kittens and puppies needing homes, as well as a duck pond, chicken coop and pigpen.
One of the main attractions of the fair was the large dining area, which comprised a range of restaurants offering delicious dishes particular to the interior of the Algarve. Many hundreds dined under the stars while also enjoying a programme of live entertainment. Folklore troupes, traditional Portuguese singers and musical groups performed during the course of Saturday night, with well-known national band, Marenostrum, topping the bill. Street performers, including wacky slapstick comedians and crazy clowns, also proved a big hit.
If you missed the fair this year, don’t forget to look out for Feira da Serra next summer and have yourself a great evening out!