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”.
The Biennial of Olive oil is a nationwide event organized in Portugal about Portuguese olive oil. This event is organized in the city centre of Castelo Branco in the Portuguese olive oil region of Beira Baixa DOP. The dominant olive cultivar in this region is the Galega olive and its olive oils are golden yellow sometimes with a hint of green and a fruity taste. The Biennial of Olive oil 2009 will happen between the 29th and the 31st of May. The program includes olive oil tasting and an olive oil and design competition with 34 Portuguese olive oils from several Portuguese olive oil regions.
Olives have been cultivated in the region where Portugal is today for longer than Portugal’s existence as a country. Although it is though that the existence is earlier than the Romans certainly at that time olives were grown and olive oil was produced in where today is Portugal. Currently a remarkable dinamism in the establishment of new plantations and in the improvement from the management practices is being seen in Portugal. Most of the Portuguese olives are used for olive oil production just around 5 % of the total are used to be eaten as table olives.