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Cockle festival in Figueira, Portimão
Figueira, in Portimão, Algarve, will be celebrating the cockle on 10 and 11 September at its annual cockle festival, held at the multipurpose sports complex, where visitors can enjoy a variety of dishes made with the popular little bivalve.
Cockle pasta, cockle rice, corn porridge or fresh plain cooked cockles will be available at the festival, which will include typical Portuguese live music and dancing.
‘Banda Atlantis’ and the ‘Vânia Show e as Namoradinhas do Brasil’ will perform on the first evening, while singer Vera Lúcia and ‘Os Amigos da Figueira’ will provde entertainment on the second evening.
The festival starts from 7pm until 1am on both days, with entry costing €3 per person, including a little plate full of cockles.
This event has been organised by the Figueira Recreational Club with support from Portimão Town Hall and Mexilhoeira Grande parish council. Cockle picking in the Ria de Alvor in Portimão municipality is still an important economic activity for many families.
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