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June's Barnacle Festival 2024 in Vila do Bispo

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June's Barnacle Festival in Vila do Bispo: An Early Delight

Vila do Bispo, nestled in the heart of the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and culinary treasures. Among these treasures shines the barnacle, a delicacy that takes the spotlight at the Barnacle Festival, an annual event that celebrates not only local cuisine but also maritime culture and tradition.

The 2024 edition of this festival, marking its tenth occurrence, brings an exciting novelty: a change in schedule. Instead of September, when it was customary, this year the festival will take place from June 7th to 9th. A strategic change decided by the organization, aiming to adapt to the most suitable period for harvesting barnacles.

As we know, between September and December, the closed season in the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park prohibits the harvesting of barnacles, a necessary measure to protect the reproduction and growth of this species highly valued in local gastronomy. Thus, this anticipation of the festival not only offers a high-quality culinary experience but also respects the natural cycle of marine resources.

In the last edition, in 2023, over eight thousand people visited the Barnacle Festival, consuming an impressive total of 4,170 kilograms of shellfish, of which 1,250 kilograms were barnacles. It was also the first year in which the Municipality of Vila do Bispo took over the organization of the event, in collaboration with the Association of Shellfish Harvesters of Vila do Bispo and Vicentine Coast, thus ensuring the preservation of local traditions and the strengthening of the regional economy.

Located next to the São Vicente Basic School, the 2024 Barnacle Festival promises not only to satisfy the most demanding palates with a variety of barnacle dishes but also to delight visitors with lively musical performances and the presence of artisans showcasing regional crafts and products. This event is not just a celebration of local cuisine but also an opportunity to energize the community and attract new visitors to discover the charms of Vila do Bispo.

So, whether you're a gastronomy enthusiast, a lover of local culture, or simply a curious soul eager for new experiences, mark your calendar now: June's Barnacle Festival in Vila do Bispo is a must-attend event that promises to satisfy all senses and create unforgettable memories. Come discover the authentic taste of the sea in this picturesque Algarve village!


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