The municipality of Penalva do Castelo (Viseu) opens, on Saturday, the annual cycle of fairs for sheep cheese produced in the Serra da Estrela region, which ends on March 21 in Fornos de Algodres (Guarda).
The traditional fairs and parties to promote the traditional sheep’s cheese are held annually, at this time, by several City Councils in the Serra da Estrela area.
The Serra da Estrela cheese demarcated region covers the municipalities of Carregal do Sal, Celorico da Beira, Fornos de Algodres, Gouveia, Mangualde, Manteigas, Nelas, Oliveira do Hospital, Penalva do Castelo, Seia, Aguiar da Beira, Arganil, Covilhã, Guarda, Tábua, Tondela, Trancoso and Viseu, in the districts of Guarda, Viseu and Coimbra.
Penalva do Castelo, in the district of Viseu, opens on Saturday the annual cycle of cheese promotion events, with yet another edition of the Shepherd and Cheese Fair, which runs until Sunday.
Next, on the weekend of Carnival, from the 22nd to the 25th, the 43rd Feira da Queijo de Seia, a party “dedicated to the wide promotion of cheese and endogenous products of the municipality (bread, wine, sausages, olive oil and honey) “, which will take place, as in previous years, in the Municipal Market and in the surrounding area.
On the 23rd, Sunday, it is Gouveia’s turn to promote the Serra da Estrela Cheese Fair, starting at 10:00 am, in the Provisional Municipal Market (former Bellino & Bellino pavilion), with the participation of about 30 producers.
The municipality says this is an event “where shepherds, cheesemakers and cheese producers are the main figures on the poster”.
The village of Manteigas, which hosts the 27th edition of Expoestrela (handicrafts, animation, commerce, industry, services and gastronomy), between the 22nd and 25th of February, dedicates the last day to cheese, with a tasting .
The municipality of Celorico da Beira has scheduled its 41st annual event dedicated to cheese for February 28th and 29th and March 1st, with entertainment, crafts, gastronomy and concerts.
On the 28th and 29th of February and the 1st, 7th and 8th of March, the municipality of Trancoso and the Aenebeira – Northeast Beira Business Association, promote cheese during another edition of the Feira do Fumeiro, dos Sabores e Artesanato from the Northeast of Beira.
Also on March 1, the village of Mosteiro, in the municipality of Aguiar da Beira, hosts another Pastor and Cheese Festival.
On the 7th and 8th of March, Serra da Estrela cheese will be celebrated in Tábua, in the district of Coimbra, when the municipality organizes, in the Multiusos Pavilion, the event Tábua de Queijos e Sabores da Beira (show of cheeses and flavors from Beira (gastronomic, handicrafts, arts and crafts shows) , wine tasting and entertainment).
The following week, on the 14th and 15th, it is the turn of the Municipality of Oliveira do Hospital, also in the district of Coimbra, to promote its Serra da Estrela Cheese Festival.
The 2020 cycle of the cheese fairs ends in Fornos de Algodres, in the district of Guarda, on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of March, with the holding of the annual fair in the grounds of the Municipal Market