Smoked Sausages on Sticks, Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas, Penamacor

Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas Portugal

Festa das Varas do Fumeiro or Festival of the Smoking Rods is held annually in the small village of Aranhas, or Village of the Spiders, in Central Portugal.  The festa is a celebration of all things smoked. Cheese and meat take pride of place in this culinary extravaganza. This usually sleepy village opens it’s doors, streets, forgotten museums and even garages. Pop-up shops offer artisan crafts, delicious honey, cheese and of course smoked meat of every kind. The sausage fillings included game and bread, Chouriço (Chorizo) and Morcela (black pudding). The boys were in their element and couldn’t get enough of the samples of tasty meat on offer. The cheese was pretty amazing too!

We visited the festa last week when music filled the air and a multitude of musicians performed impromptu gigs. There were processions, lots of processions and so much music, singing and dancing. Sausages of every kind were guided through the streets held proudly aloft on their smokehouse rods, taking pride of place in this three day long celebration. After a busy day the boys had full tummys and needed their sleep. I’m pretty sure they dreamed of Chouriço that night as the party continued until long after midnight, as a good Portuguese festa should of course!

Chouriço and Cakes, Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas, Penamacor

Admiring the Produce, Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas, Penamacor

Street Entertainment, Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas, Penamacor

Keeping Warm by the Fire, Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas, Penamacor

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Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

6 thoughts on “Festa das Varas do Fumeiro, Aranhas Portugal

    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    (February 4, 2018 - 1:41 am)

    that salami collection looks amazing
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    Darren Coleshill

    (February 4, 2018 - 9:27 am)

    What an interesting festive, I bet the smell is amazing

    Thank you for linking up
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    Helpful Mum

    (February 4, 2018 - 10:52 am)

    Oh wow, what a wonderful collection of photos. It looks like everyone is having a great time.
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    (February 4, 2018 - 12:06 pm)

    Hi Andrea, what a fun festival. Portugal sounds very similar to Greece with their local and welcoming celebrations. The take pride in their traditions. The food alone would get me out of the house and to join in.

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    (February 4, 2018 - 5:09 pm)

    Oh wow, an entire festival dedicated to sausage meat? It all looks so nice and I think I’d have dreamt about it too 😀
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    Sabina Green

    (February 5, 2018 - 1:25 pm)

    Oh no I would have avoided like the plague, I can’t stand the smell at food markets. Such a shame because everyone always looks like they are having a great time and the food is no doubt delicious but I would need to wear a nose peg. #MySundayPhoto

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