The Vinhais Smoked Meats Fair in Trás-os-Montes is more than just a culinary event; it’s a testament to a deeply rooted tradition that has been passed down through generations. Originating in the medieval era, the festival celebrates the art and craft of smoked meats—an art form that provided not just flavour but also a means of preservation in a time without refrigerators. Over the years, the fair has grown from a local gathering to a grand event attracting thousands of visitors, both national and international. Today, it stands as a vivid expression of Vinhais’s cultural heritage, showcasing a diverse range of local products, from sausages and hams to other smoked delicacies. Come February, the town square transforms into a bustling marketplace, resplendent with the smoky aroma and warm hospitality that have come to define this unique festival.