The 2017 edition of Lota Cool Market, marked as always for the old auction of Portimão and the surrounding area near Ponte Velha do Arade, changes the season this year, increases to three days and chooses as the motto «Free Spirit». The «coolest market in the South» will take place from the 14th to the 16th of July.
This market wants to be a meeting point and a reference point in the south of the country, for the dissemination of what is most creative in the areas of handicraft, design, entertainment and gastronomy good gourmet food, in line with the theme chosen for this edition.
«Free Spirit» means, for the event's promoters, «freedom, well-being, imagination, transparency, desire, open air, sun, countryside, beach, river, emotion, smile, relaxation, democracy, individuality, belief». These are some of the ideas that, it is hoped, will inspire the participants in this event.
The initiative is aimed at creators with small brands and micro companies with original products, handmade or in small semi-industrial units.
«It aims to bring together a selection of these products, which are often sold online or in other markets in the country, repeating, in this way, another reference market in the south, which promotes and brings creative projects from our country to the street and to the public», adds the organization.
Exhibitors must sell only Portuguese products and their own creations, and representations of brands that are not created by them will not be accepted. Products must fit into one of the following categories: crafts, design, entertainment, confectionery and pastry, food and beverage.
This year's edition stands out for three major innovations: it takes place in the summer, lasts for three days (with a timetable from 12:00 to 00:00), and is also certified as a Green Event for the first time.
Brands and projects that wish to submit their participation to the organization's appreciation must do so by May 30th, through the Lota Cool Market Facebook page or from the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invited participants must make their final registration and respective payment from May 30th to June 10th, through the Eventbrite platform, where they will automatically agree with the Rules and Regulations of the event. Participation will end in this act.
Registration fees are divided into three categories: drinks and food (except sweets and pastries) – 200 euros; sweets and pastries – 75 euros; other activities – 55 euros.
The “Coolest Market in the South” is organized by Teia D'Impulsos – Social, Cultural and Sports Association (TDI), in partnership with Diana Condesso, interior designer, mentor of this initiative.
Once again, it has the institutional support of the Portimão Municipal Council and the Portimão Parish Council, as well as the media partnership of the Sul Informação, in addition to other support such as Rádio Alvor FM 90.1, Sagres – Beer and Soft Drinks and Alportil, EMARP – Municipal Water and Waste Company of Portimão and Algar – Valorization and Treatment of Solid Waste.