Traditional tourist spots, fairs are special attractions for those who visit the Brazilian cities and want to learn a bit about their art and culture. As a typical Brazilian loves fairs, these markets can be found in any city of the country.
The experience goes even deeper if you taste little pieces of fruit typical of many States, eat moqueca (typical brazilian cuisine stew usually made with seafood) as if you were in Bahia or even try one of the most popular – and tasty – combinations offered in the stalls: pastel [fried turnover] and broth of sugarcane – a plant used to produce sugar and alcohol.Brazilians also make a point of attending the handicraft and clothing fairs and street markets scattered around the cities.
Brazilians also make a point of attending the handicraft and clothing fairs and street markets scattered around the cities. The Feira Hippie of Belo Horizonte, in the State capital, and the famous 25 de Março, in São Paulo, are very traditional fairs in the country. There you find a bit of everything: handmade jewelry, cheap clothes, food from Minas Gerais and exclusive products. Here are some of the most known fairs:
Feira da Torre (DF)
Here are some of the most known fairs: Feira da Torre (DF): Meeting point of many Brasilia residents, with stalls of crafts, furniture, jewelry mixing wood and seeds, light colored linen or cotton fabric clothes, typical dishes and the traditional fried turnover with sugarcane juice.
Feira de São Cristóvão (RJ)
The São Cristóvão Fair is an excellent option for shopping, eating and fun. With almost 700 tents, it offers products such as handicrafts, fabrics and mouth-watering foods, and the best, in the groove of North-eastern rhythms, like forró.
Feira da Liberdade (SP)
Inaugurated in 1975, the Feira Oriental da Liberdade (as it is also known) was created with the aim of presenting the work of oriental immigrants and showcase a little more of the Japanese culture for those passing by. The food section is one of the most visited and offers many Chinese and Japanese delights, and, of course, Brazilian cuisine.
Feira de Caruaru (PE)
The city of Caruaru, 123 km from Recife, is known for one of the biggest June festivities in the world, but also for having one of the most traditional fairs in the country. Held for more than 200 years, it comprises countless colorful tents spread over two kilometers on the streets of the city, offering a wide variety of popular handicraft products such as hats of all fabrics and sizes, baskets, clay and ceramic objects, among others. One of the attractions that draw hundreds of people to the fair is also the cuisine. The fair offers visitors regional foods like those made of grilled meat and goat, apart from medicinal herbs, fruits and veggies. There are also sections where you will find clothes, shoes, bags, pots, furniture and, if you’re lucky, you will bump into some performances of Fife bands (set of percussion and wind instruments) and guitar players.