Food & Drink FestivalsThe Algarve life involves celebrating not just the religious holidays but also the fine food and drink of the region. As the exact date can vary a little, double check with local tourist offices, or the local paper. This is a time to eat the real Portuguese cuisine among the locals! Festivals of the Smoked Sausage A mix of pagan ritual and religious celebration where an auction of smoked sausage takes place in homage to Sao Luis, the patron saint of animals with proceeds going to charity. Largo do Igreja (Church Square), Querenca. last weekend in January, Best to check local paper for exact date. Seafood Festival Folk music and dancing add further flavour to the unimaginable collection of seafood delicacy including octopus, squid, clams, prawns, mussels and grilled sardines. Not to be missed by seafood fans! Jardim Patrao Joaquim Lopes, Olhao, by the Spanish bank.
August 10-15. Sardines Festival Grilled sardines takecenterstage with a massive set-up on the beach. Quarteira. August, Portimo late July Silves Beer Festival A ten-day drinking spree offering a large and often exotic collection. Fabrica do Ingles showground, Silves. 1st week in July Sweet Fair Sculpted egg, almond and fig sweets are sold along with other local produce. Lagos. July. Presunto Festival The place to try cured hams, in the town famous for them in Monchique.
Music & Cultural FestivalsFor a small area the sound is big! Many Portuguese with are very interested in music, traditional dance and traditional bands. If you have a chance catch one of these festivals.
Algarve International Music Festival A prestigious arts festival with music, song and dance performances ranging including jazz, ballet, choral ensembles and melancholic Fado. Various regional venues. June and July. National Folklore Festival Lively troops of dancers and musicians from across Portugal descend on the region for two weeks of spirited performances. Various regional venues. Mid September. Loule International Jazz Festival Local and international jazz performers play on weekends to many interested fans. Loule. Throughout July. Feira do Carmo Faro town fair with handicrafts, live entertainment and a boat parade. Faro. July. Alte Week of Arts and Culture Live shows, brass bands and folk dancing are accompanied by a grand picnic. May. Algarve International Cinema Festival Both international and Portuguese films shown. Cinemas.. Throughout May.