Countdown begins for Olhão’s seafood festival

Seafood lovers have started counting the days until the start of Olhão’s ‘Festival do Marisco’, the town’s biggest and most popular gastronomic event.

Beginning on Tuesday, August 9, the six-day festival will feature “fresh seafood and shellfish from Ria Formosa” as well as a vast concert programme.

One of the novelties is that ticket prices will be lower, costing €5 except on August 12 and 14, when they will cost €8.

“We want to stop the festival from becoming an ‘elite’ event, and return it to its more local roots,” Olhão mayor António Pina said at the festival’s presentation last week.

Although the event’s budget was cut from €600,000 to €500,000, Pina guarantees the quality of the event will remain the same.

“We will have the same quality shellfish and seafood that will be cooked like only the Olhão people know how to, and which attracts so many people to the town year after year.”

Performers this year include Áurea (August 9), Expensive Soul (10), Os Azeitonas (11), C4 Pedro (12), Camané (13) and Xutos & Pontapés (14).

Snail festival returns to Castro Marim

Snails, one of Portugal’s many culinary delicacies, are the star of a popular festival that will be held in Castro Marim on the first three days of July.

The town’s Festival Internacional do Caracol will take place at Colina do Revelim de Santo António and feature “the best snails made in the Algarve and Portugal” but also other traditional confections from Spain, France and Morocco.

Also promised is a “rich and diversified” musical and cultural programme of entertainment, delicious regional sweets and the whole lot set against stunning views over the Guadiana River and Sapal nature reserve.

Organised by Castro Marim council, the event hopes to establish the town as “the Algarve’s best destination to enjoy snail dishes” while also promoting “traditional products, cuisine and Mediterranean culture”.