Mediterranean Diet Fair returns with a new stage and flavors from four countries

This year's edition counts, for the first time, with the institutional support of the National Commission of UNESCO

Another stage and a square where you can eat typical dishes from Spain, Italy, Morocco and Portugal. These are the two main novelties of the Mediterranean Diet Fair, which returns to Tavira from the 8th to the 11th of September. 

The event was presented this Thursday, July 28, at a press conference held at the Salão Nobre dos Paços do Concelho.

As usual, the Mediterranean Diet Fair once again has a strong component linked to gastronomy, handicrafts, culture and traditional products.

This year's edition counts, for the first time, with the institutional support of the National Commission of UNESCO.

Speaking to journalists, Ana Paula Martins, mayor of Tavira, explained that, this year, another stage was created, «after the Ribeira Market, so that the Fair could grow». This stage will host Portuguese music concerts.



Concerts by musicians from Italy, Greece, Spain, Croatia, France, Israel and Morocco are also planned on the remaining six stages, among many other local projects.

Another novelty this year is the creation of Praça da Convivialidade, next to Palácio da Galeria.

There will be four restaurants there, with «typical dishes from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Morocco», said Ana Paula Martins.

The Mediterranean Diet Fair will feature several spaces aimed at families and children and young people, with programming at the Álvaro de Campos Municipal Library, Largo do Brincar and Largo D'Ana.

In addition to music, traditional dances and dances and other performing arts, there will be exhibitions, digital art, cinema, visits to natural and cultural heritage and seminars.

Regarding the musical part, the highlights are the concerts by Mariza (8), Jorge Palma with Marisa Liz (10) and Bárbara Tinoco (11).



Concerts by names such as Tomatito (Spain, the 9th), the Moroccans Mehdi Nassouli (11th) and Bifolc Trio (France, the 9th) are also scheduled.

On this return from the Mediterranean Diet Fair, expectations are high.

«There are already those who visit us on purpose at this time and what we want is that this weekend serves to celebrate and commemorate the Mediterranean Diet, because we have many reasons to visit the Fair», said Ana Paula Martins.

The event once again has a wide range of partners, such as the Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Algarve, University of the Algarve, Regional Directorate of Culture, In Loco Association, Algarve Tourism Region, Algarve Regional Development and Coordination Commission. and Schools of Hospitality and Tourism in the Algarve (Faro) and Vila Real de Santo António.

«This has always been a work of partnership and everyone has been very happy to take this event forward. Since the first meeting, in February, when we said that we wanted to hold the Fair, all partners welcomed the idea with great enthusiasm», guaranteed Ana Paula Martins.

The event has a budget of around 350 thousand euros.