Locals and expats alike celebrate at International Algarve Fair

Published:  14 Jun at 6 PM
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One of the joys of being an expat in an EU member state is the Europeans' love of annual fairs celebrating life in the cities as well as regions and the countries themselves.

Portugal’s International Algarve Fair is immensely popular with nationals and expats alike, with the 14th edition taking place last weekend in Lagoa. Advertised as capturing the heart of the famous Algarve region, the fair saw thousands of residents arrive to celebrate this popular annual get-together. Businesses of all shapes and sizes, entertainers and charity booths were the human fabric of the event, all celebrating the affection of its peoples for this southern Portuguese region beloved by expats and citizens alike.

Traditionally the Algarve has always been about community, whether in cities, towns or rural enclaves and embracing both locals and the expats who’ve made the region their home. Although it’s a day of fun and games for all, the fair has its serious side as regards business contacts, as well as for the good number of charities set up to connect the community with those who need help. Volunteering is popular with retired British expats, whatever the focus of the group, and many are happy to give of their time as well as their money.

The fair’s gastronomic section was ever-popular for its booths set up by specialist restaurants and bars, many of which served food and drinks traditional to the region. Businesses had a good day as well, with more visitors than ever before enjoying the day out, making new contacts and generally having fun. David Thomas, the British president of Safe Communities Portugal, told reporters he’d had his busiest ever event, with almost a hundred enquiries about the group’s Emergency Medical Card.
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