In the north of Portugal, in particular at Montalegre and Vinhais, there are the largest and most popular Fairs around the traditional Portuguese meat products. These events happen in January and February, typical months for making the Portuguese sausages in the traditional way, which are then smoked using the smoke of the burning wood, known as the "fumeiro".
Each Fair is a very popular gastronomic event able to bring almost 70,000 people. Such events are focused on the traditional smoked meat products based on an indigenous pork breed from the north of Portugal known as “bísaro”. They are bred in a free range system having a varied diet.
In the South of Portugal the traditional meat products from the black pig, which is bred in the cork and holm oak forests from Alentejo, are the most appreciated.