This year sees the 10th International Algarve Fair to be staged at the Fatacil ground in Lagoa, and it is on this weekend – the 6th and 7th June from 11am – 7pm.
Tickets cost only 3.50e for adults and children aged 12 and under go free. We went early today and it made a nice change for us to be ‘tourists’ as we have exhibited there the previous two years. I have to say – it was a fairly quiet start – and it was shaping up to be a hot day here in Lagoa.
There is a good range of stands and products available – one of our favourites is always Avril at the Chilli Boy website stand:
So many people have spent a lot of time and trouble making their little 3m stand look so inviting:
There’s lots to see and do for all ages:
And if it all gets too much there are plenty of stalls selling hot and cold drinks:
Our favourite thing has to be the annual Algarve Dog Show – organised and run by the fabulous Julie from Paws 4 Pets – so many hours of work go into organising this event over 2 days. Each year a charity is chosen and this year’s is the deserving Cadela Carlota Animal Association.
With the competition and classes running all day there’s bound to be a suitable class for your dog to enter – and the prizes are great too!
I do hope this fella enters the Best male Pedigree category!
You will find one of our favourite stands this year located inside the arena of the Dog Show – the fabulous and unique designs of Natália Estêvão – her paper clay sculptures are amazing – check out Fishy Dog here:
And her lovely piggy banks are great too – you can see more of her work via her Facebook page Paper Clay Sculptures
There is also wine to taste:
And truffles to test:
Or perhaps you would like to buy a hot tub for the garden:
Or even a sewing machine! There is such a broad range of things on display for sale here:
There are a lot of charities represented too – like the Refúgio Dos Burros Associação for the protection of animals in Estombar:
And our own personal favourite SOS Algarve Animals are also there along with many other animal charities, all with dogs – and cats – ready to be given a loving new home. Today we did fall in love with this cheeky chap from the Donkey Sanctuary though:
Once you have completed looking around all the stalls and events, you can head for the Arena area and grab some food and a well earned sit down!
There’s plenty of freshly cooked food to choose from:
There is a children’s play area and plenty of clowns and other entertainment to enjoy, including live music and dancing on the stage:
If we are honest, it seemed a lot quieter this year, but there is still plenty to see and do, and it’s great value for a 3-4 hour visit. Parking is always an interesting ‘wherever you can find a spot’ experience – we’ve never understood why a venue this large doesn’t have a purpose-built car park that visitors can use … but you can usually find a space somewhere on the road!
We’ll leave the last image to this happy chap wandering around waving at everyone:
Let us know if you go this year and what you thought – we always like to hear your views! And if you are there on Sunday – say hello to Dave – he’s photographing the Dog Show!