The party will start on Saturday, the 18th, at 9pm, with a grand night of Fado, which will take place at the People's House of Querença. This musical moment includes the singers Melissa Simplício, Luís Manhita and Filipa Nobre, accompanied on the Portuguese guitar by Valentim Filipe and on the guitar by Tiago Valentim.
On Sunday, the 19th, from 11am and in the afternoon, the visitor can taste the roasted chouriço ??in the various establishments of Querença.
At Largo da Igreja, at 3pm, the Coral and Instrumental Costa Azul Group will be in charge of the animation.
At 4pm, the usual and always lively chouriço ??auction will start, in which the general public will be able to participate and acquire the party queen, the chorizo.
The religious celebration will begin at 5pm, with a Eucharist in the Chapel of the Foot of the Cross, presided by Father Carlos Matos, followed by the solemn procession with the image of St. Louis to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption.
There will be, from 10am to 6pm, a Mercadinho with exhibition and sale of handicrafts and local products, representative of the Algarve region.
From 7pm, attention turned to the ball in the Ballroom of the House of the People of Querença, animated by accordionist Silvino Campos. During the event there will be animation for the children in charge of Palhaça Pirolita, and street entertainment with the House of Culture of Loulé.
In an initiative promoted by the Parish Festivities Commission, with the support of the Union of Parishes of Querença, Tôr and Benafim, the City Council of Loulé and the House of the People of Querença, the Festa das Chouriças is one of the most emblematic events of this mountainous area in the Algarve and is one of the main tourist posters of the municipality of Loulé and the region at this time of the year, combining gastronomy with a strong religious component, in which the traditions of the rural Algarve are very present.
The roots of this festivity go back to a time when families in the Algarve had the habit of raising their pig for sustenance throughout the year. It was also a tradition to ask S. Luís, patron of the animals, to keep the pig in good condition to ensure that the household was fed. In gratitude, the families offered the Holy Protector the best homemade sausages.
It should be noted that the Festa das Chouriças has free admission.