Foodies have yet to discover Portugal. Let me tell you, not only are there some fantastic Portuguese recipes, but Portugal is also home to some great and unique cheeses, like Queijo do Serra from Serra da Estrela Natural Park in Portugal’s Centro region. The Alentejo, the rural region east of Lisbon, is also known for its soft cheeses.
The Serpa Cheese fair runs on the 24, 25 and 26 February. There will be lots of demonstrations, including cheese making, sheering, and milking sheep. Of course, there will also be music—the festival ends with choral and traditional music of the region.
Serpa is an evocative town tucked into the south-east corner of the Alentejo regions map. The walled village was founded in 400 BC by the Turdelos, one of the original Iberian tribes. It has a 13th century castle as well as a palace built into the town’s walls, the Palace of the Counts of Ficalho.