Festival of Azietie e Fumeiro, Proença-a-Velha

Smoking the chouriço,Proença-a-Velha, Portugal

Festival of Azietie e Fumeiro Proença-a-Velha

Portugal is rightly proud of it’s rich history, food, drink and traditions and takes every opportunity to celebrate them by throwing a party. Here in Portugal you can visit a different Festa (festival) every weekend, we have visited so many already this year. The latest festa in our nearby village of Proença-a-Velha celebrated Azeite e Fumeiro, Olive Oil and Smoked Sausages.

Proença-a-Velha is a tiny village in central Portugal with a beautifully preserved olive mill where the festa was held. We took the opportunity to explore the ancient olive oil press and working museum, dedicated to protecting the heritage of the Beira Baixa Olive Oil industry.

Over the course of the annual two day festa there were live workshops educating you on how to produce bio olive oil and a market of artesan crafts and products. There were samples of olive oil and meats and of course there was no shortage of music and entertainment. There was even a free bouncy castle for the children.  The boys loved the opportunity to sample all of the produce. In fact, they probably loved it a little too much and we had to hold them back from sneaking an extra handful of yummy chouriço and double dunking in the delicious bio olive oils.


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