The 10th International Algarve Fair comes to town

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.

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

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.

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

There is a good range of stands and products available – one of our favourites is always Avril at the Chilli Boy website stand:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

So many people have spent a lot of time and trouble making their little 3m stand look so inviting:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

There’s lots to see and do for all ages:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

And if it all gets too much there are plenty of stalls selling hot and cold drinks:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

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.

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

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!

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

I do hope this fella enters the Best male Pedigree category!

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

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:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

And her lovely piggy banks are great too – you can see more of her work via her Facebook page Paper Clay Sculptures

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

There is also wine to taste:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

And truffles to test:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

Or perhaps you would like to buy a hot tub for the garden:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

Or even a sewing machine! There is such a broad range of things on display for sale here:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

There are a lot of charities represented too – like the Refúgio Dos Burros Associação for the protection of animals in Estombar:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

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:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

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!

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

There’s plenty of freshly cooked food to choose from:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

There is a children’s play area and plenty of clowns and other entertainment to enjoy, including live music and dancing on the stage:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

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:

10th International Algarve Fair 2015

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!

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