A Day at the Fair

Friday night we decided to head to the local agricultural fair.  Actually, this was a fair showcasing agriculture from all over the Azores.  The main reason we wanted to go was to see the horses, but I am so glad we went because there was so much more to see here.

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These are some of the ribbons that were given in certain cheese categories.  Cheese is a major staple here in the Azores, and you can see they take their cheese very seriously.

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When we got there I just started snapping pictures.  This was as we passed by the cattle pavilion. 

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Then we wandered over to the horses.

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After that, as we made our way to the main hall, we checked out the small animals.  Sorry that some are blurry, but I didn’t realize I changed my camera settings and these guys were moving around.  The combination made for some blur.

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Here is where I figured out my settings had changed and now you can expect some cute little animals, minus the blur.

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This little guy got stuck in the rope and Ryan helped him free.

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Next we entered the main pavilion where they had lots of vendors and products showcased.  I couldn’t resist taking pictures of these birds, many of which were for sale.

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A few booths down we spotted these ladies.  They are making fresh fried donuts.  They were more like fried dough, covered in sugar.

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This lady was prepping the dough balls.

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Here they are dropping the dough in the oil.

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Here is the finished product.  They were so good.

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  As we walked through the aisles, I took pictures of a variety of things.  They had flower and produce displays, and then just after that we found the wine and cheese samples.

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Then we moved in to the area with the farming equipment displays.

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Another major find at the fair was the African Restaurant, which we look forward to trying.  We even purchased some African art, which I will show in my next post.  We had so much fun Friday night, that we went back Saturday night, so I have lots more pictures to show.  I was very busy, with class, a dinner party, and the fair, so I had little time to make any posts.  So, I just wanted to get some of these pictures displayed and then I will share more detailed pictures from Saturday.  I will say that they had some of the largest cattle I have ever seen in my life.

QUESTIONS:  Have you ever been to an agricultural fair?  What is you favorite farm animal?Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?

6 comments:

Beth said...

It reminds me of the Maryland State Fair...Azores edition!

Mer said...

I take my cheese very seriously too! It really does look like the MD state fair. Once I witnessed the miracle of cow-life @ the fair. It was disturbing and hard to look away. Jenn hid her eyes, LOL! Also saw 2 day old piglets that year...too cute.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

The fair looks like so much fun. Cheese samples - always good! :)

Can't wait to hear about the African restaurant!

Gina; The Candid RD said...

Just to paint an even better picture of Ohio, our Ohio State Fair is just like this! Yes we have rides and all, but a lot of it is cheese making, horses, cows, fresh ice cream, corn, etc. I love it :)

This weekend Nick and I were pretty low key. We went to a graduation party, which was awesome because there was homemade beer!! Yeah, my favorite part of the weekend for sure :)

FoodFitnessFreshair said...

Look at all those cute little animals! Those donkeys are especially adorable. I've been to fairs that have farm animals like these. I love saying hi to all of them.

Melissa said...

I love fried dough! So those donuts sound awesome. There are some foods that I am willing to eat, no matter how "unhealthy" they may be. Everything in moderation...especially fun foods!

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