Feira da Alheira returns with more area dedicated to the ex-libris of Mirandela | Gastronomy

For more than two decades, the event has served as a showcase for the economic weight of this product and, after two years of restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic, the 23rd edition returns to face-to-face mode and extends to more areas of the city riverside of Tua.

The city council, which organizes the event with the local Commercial and Industrial Association, made it known, in a statement, that the novelty of this edition is “the expansion of the fair area” to the pedestrian area of ​​Rua da República and the gardens of the municipal market , in addition to the usual Parque do Império, next to the river. It is here that the center of the party will remain, concentrating the shopping area, restaurants and shows. The pedestrian area of ​​Rua da República will now host the handicraft area, while the gardens of the municipal market will be the stage for an Old Fashioned Fair, with taverns and entertainment.

besides the more of 100 exhibitors expected at the event, which combines gastronomy, commerce and entertainment, there will be “tasting of delicacies, wine tasting, showcooking and the usual musical line-up”.

Alheira is the most representative product in Mirandela and one of those with the greatest economic weight, with an annual turnover of around 30 million euros in the municipality of origin alone, sales of around 6.5 tons and guarantees around 700 jobs in regional kitchens, but especially in the 12 large producers and factories.

The sausage, with the Protected Geographical Indication (IGP) seal and considered one of the seven wonders of Portuguese gastronomy, is sold throughout the year, but has one of its highlights at Feira da Alheira, in March.

“Considered the ex-libris of the city of Trás-os-Montes, Alheira de Mirandela, produced with ingredients such as pork and poultry meat, olive oil and wheat bread, is the main center of attention at this fair, which is already a reference in terms of nationally and internationally”, says the municipality.

The Feira da Alheira de Mirandela is presented as “one of the biggest events in the region”, stressing the organization that, “with more than two decades of history, this annual celebration attracts public from all over the country, and from neighboring Spain”. Are expected “thousands of visitors”.

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