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Farmers are in fear for future of Lagos Saturday market

Lagos Farmer MarketFurious stallholders in Lagos need 5,000 people to sign a petition so they can challenge controversial plans by the Portuguese Government which they say could lead to the end of the town’s market.

The national proposals, which local câmaras are required to implement, could be introduced in late January. They would mean all stallholders would have to issue receipts for every single purchase made in the market. Traders would have to register with the Finanças, buy numbered receipt books, pay a monthly fee of 63 euros and then submit a report every four weeks including their first and last receipt for that period.

Stallholders told the ‘Tomorrow’ Newsletter the regulations would be disastrous for the market. One market trader said: “Many of the stallholders are pensioners and supplement their meager pensions by selling surplus produce from their little plots. Many are illiterate and won’t be able to deal with the paperwork.”

Karen Crisewetter from Barão de S. João who has been selling Aloe Vera products in the market for years said that an item costing 30 centimos would require a receipt and as the receipt itself costs 50 centimos they would always out lose money.

She also said that during quiet winter months they might only make €20 per week. She added that having to pay €63 to the Finanças each month would mean they would hardly make any money especially when transport costs had been taken into account.

“Many will cease to sell at the market which would be a huge loss to the community and will add to people’s poverty,” Karen said.

The traders have been discussing the plans with the Câmara. In a statement Lagos Câmara said it had been listening to their concerns and would be meeting in the near future to see if they could intervene on their behalf.

The market was specifically created after the 1974 revolution by the authorities to help people and subsistence farmers to sell their surplus produce and earn a bit of money. Many feel that principle is now under threat because of these proposals.

Natividade Correia is one of the people that started the campaign to stop the plans going ahead. She said: “The market has always been a way for people to help one another - and this is especially important in time of present economic crisis.”

When the campaigners have collected 5,000 signatures they can challenge the proposals at the National Assembly.

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XIV Christmas Market in Aljezur on 13 - 15 December 2013

Feira Natal Aljezur 2013The Christmas Fair Aljezur 2013 will be held from 13 to 15 December 2013 at the Multipurpose space Aljezur (in the restaurant area), with support from City Hall and the Parish Council Aljezur, showing local products and Handicraft.

Daily:

  • Over 40 exhibitors with genuine local products and crafts
  • Children's Area, which derive workshops, games and other activities for children
  • Taverns with treats for all tastes, ranging from hot meals, snacks, vegetarian, organic salads, soups, desserts.
  • The usual mulled wine, cocktails, natural juices, teas, regional Medronho and more
  • Children's shows, live music, dance shows, workshops

Friday, 13December 2013:
Opening hours: 17:00 – 24:00

  • 21:45 | Siesta Club | Live Music
  • 22:45 | Orlando Santos | Live Music

Saturday, 14December 2013:
Opening hours: 11:00 – 24:00

  • 15:00 |  Philharmonic Band of Volunteer Firefighters Aljezur
  • 17:30 | Performance of varieties from the International School of Lagos
  • 18:00 | School of Capoeira Berimbau de Ouro | Presentation and Workshop
  • 19:00 | African Dance | Presentation and Workshop
  • 20:00 | Yemadas | Live Music
  • 21:45 | Cool Tune | Live Music
  • 22:45 | Off the Lip | Live Music

Sunday, 15December 2013:
Opening hours: 12:00 – 21:30

  • 16:00 | Cool Beat: Hip Hop Dance Presentation and Workshop
  • 17:00 | Free School of the Algarve: Children's Performance
  • 18:00 | Borboletras: Children's Performance
  • 20:00 | Amadeus: Live music
  • 21:00 | Exchange of gifts among participants

Website Tertulia Aljezur

   

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Open Door #9 at Quinta dos Vales

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Quinta dos Vales invites all to the “Open Door 9” event on Sunday, October 6th, from 11am to 7pm.

Everyone is welcome to visit this 9th edition which has become really popular over the last couple of years.

There will be musical entertainment, show cooking, a regional products market, archery and dancing amongst other surprises. Last but not the least, you will be introduced to some new “Marquês dos Vales” red wines.

Website: www.quintadosvales.eu

[UPDATE] Now with the full event program

11:00 – Venue Opening to the Public – Beginning of the Free Wine Tastings
11:30 – 13:00 – Guided Tours to the Winery
12:30 – Wine Cocktails Presentation
13:00 – Show Cooking by Catering Bon Bon
13:45 – Contemporary Dance Show
14:15 – Chocolate Temper Presentation by Nuno Machuqueiro
14:30 – Falconry Presentation
15:00 – Wine Hour – Launching of the New Whites and Red by Paulo Laureano
16:00 – Musical Show – with Rui Sá
16:30 – Archery Presentation by Archery Club Algarve
17:30 – 18:00 – Raffle Prizes
19:00 – Closure of the Venue and End of the Wine Tastings

During the event we will also have:

  • Presentation of the Lusitan Horse and Horseman with the Typical Costume by Real Picadeiro
  • Archery with Archery Club Algarve
  • Falconry Presentation with João Fernandes
  • Tuk Tuk Rides
  • DJ KW Rocker performance

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