Very spontaneously today, Marc Gwen and myself headed off into the mountains for the Feira do Pao e Queijo Fresco (Festival of Bread and Cheese) in Vaquerios, a sleepy little village in the mountains close to Alcoutim. What a delight……..the drive, there and back, the festival itself and of course, the food!!!!
Despite a lack of fancy advertising the event was very well attended. Not surprisingly there is plenty of freshly baked bread and cheese of several varieties on sale but also some craft stalls, pottery and plenty of places to eat and drink.
Our mountain route……..up up up then down down down then turn turn turn. Not for the weak of heart!
My travelling mates….Gwen and Marc
One of my favourite things each year…..fields of yellow lupins…….I squealed like a happy little piggy!
Close up of lupins
Another mountain vista
My yellow lupin find of the day
Me in the lupin patch.
I adore these tiny orchid vines
A single blue lupin waving to us from the side of our route……calling out to me!
We arrived in Vaquerios…….tucked away in the side of the mountain……youprobably wouldn’t stumble o it if you weren’t looking for it. What a quaint, beautiful, tiny village and how grand that it hosts this festival each year without much aplomb. So well attended and very few tourists in sight. A unique find I think!
The village oven.
This woman was busily baking pao com chourico, chorizo stuffed bread.
As we arrived at the festival.
Amazing hand made shoes and at amazing prices…….
Not the Spanish Steps but still a wonderful sight full of happily munching people.
A huge bed of osteospernum next tot he church wall.
Near the church
We bought chorizo, fresh cheese,cured cheese and chorizo buns and of course, cold beer and joined the throngs on the church steps to enjoy our picnic.
Love people watching
Yeahhhhh food!!!! Gwen always keeps a knife in her purse for situations just like this…….the food I mean….not Marc!!!!
Aren’t we cute?
A flowering succulent near the church steps
I loved this old chimney I could see in the distance.
Gwen making a purchase of a new baking dish.
Sure you can purchase a lovely huge homemade florentine!! Would you like a big smile with that?
Look out folks…….they are shopping!!!!!
Even the pooches get to enjoy the markets.
And look….home made shoes….in purple!!!!
OUr food was delicious and I have to say, this was the best stuffed chorizo bread I’ve ever experienced in Portugal. I will most certainly be going back next year. Our drive home was also special as Gwen took us through tiny mountain roads that wee would otherwise, never have taken. Again, certainly not for the weak of heart………..I imagined a couple of friends in particular (you’ll know who you are) in the backseat sweating, and probably screaming at me to “stop the car and let me out”. It was that kind of route. I loved it.