A Chocolate Fair … just down the road you say?!?! A Fair with stands and displays .. full of chocolate?! Well of course we’ll visit it for you .. just for the readers of our blog you understand … purely for research purposes …
Sometimes you see a poster and you think ‘Oh yes!’ – Loulé market is hosting its annual Chocolate Fair – and if you are quick and can make it tomorrow you can pop down there and sample the chocolate and enjoy the market.
The market at Loulé is located in a spectacular old building which we have previously blogged about here Don’t miss the market at Loulé, but this is an added bonus for three days – there are lots and lots of stalls all selling items made out of chocolate!
The outside of the market has two impressive chocolate-coloured giant statues of a pig and a donkey to entice you in to the market:
They are certainly big enough!
Once inside you have to make your way through the main market area from whichever entrance you choose and find the centre section of the market, which has been transformed into a chocoholics paradise!
At first glance it seems quite a small section of the market, but the stallholders are certainly using every inch of available space to their advantage, with beautifully displayed items for sale
Nearly everything appeared to be hand-made artisan products, and of a high quality:
The stallholders are all keen for you to try their products too, so it’s quite easy to find a little piece of chocolate (or three!) to taste for free!
You could also buy a crépe for about 4 euros spread with chocolate and nuts or bananas
Or buy a bottle of chocolate licquer – or some profiteroles
– or home-made chocolates
– or some wonderful hand-decorated Easter eggs:
For a small event there really was a lovely selection of items on sale – we plumped for some hand-made dark chocolate with red peppers – we’ll let you know how it tasted – and it was only 3.50 euros for a bar too! Although sadly it wasn’t as big as the bar of chocolate hanging from the ceiling!
The prices in general seemed very reasonable – except for a small bag of chocolates made with stevia instead of sugar which were priced at an eye-watering 23 euros for a small bag! Which is a shame as it would have been interesting to have tried those … but not at that price!
There’s plenty for children of all ages to enjoy and taste:
And some lovely stall-holders to meet too:
And after all that chocolate you can always go for a walk around Loulé – it is a beautiful place to wander around enjoying the sights and the many small gift and craft shops.
So if you are near Loulé tomorrow – the fair is on for one more day on Saturday from 9am to 7pm – let us know what you think in a comment below!
Thanks for reading and sharing!
Now I’m craving chocolate! I love your posts, they take me back to the Algarve and come just when I need them. I can’t wait to visit again and check out some of the events you’ve posted about. Thanks!!
you’re welcome – we are always glad to hear that people enjoy our posts! and we even eat chocolate for you too .. all in the name of research 😉
We went to the Chocolate Fair on Friday– what an amazing array of goods on display ! So many talented people creating such a variety of goodies . Chocolate heaven ! As far as your research is concerned , well somebody has to do it ! I remembered from a previous post that the Fair was coming up , so thanks for the heads up , it was a real treat . As always the photos are superb .
thank you so much for your lovely message! and glad to hear that our ‘research’ was not in vain! 😉
oh no we missed it! Didn’t see your post until this morning . . . .at least though I’ve got to enjoy through your lovely post.
less calories too! 😉 sorry you missed it
I was recently in Loule checking the area for building a villa close to the town. It’s a lovely town and the market in particular impressed me very much – and that was before I knew about the chocolate fair! Keep up the good work with your informative and entertaining blog.
thank you so much for your lovely message – and very best wishes for your villa plans!