The OVIBEJA – a compound of the name for sheep (Ovinos) and the city of Beja – takes place annually between April and May and usually lasts 4 or 5 days. The venue is the fairground “Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Beja” outside Beja, the capital of the southern Alentejo.
What started in 1984 as a small sub-exhibition of the Feira da Primavera has developed over the last decades into one of the most important fairs in the field of agriculture in the Alentejo and Portugal. Earlier figures (2013) estimate the number of visitors at 300,000. That year, the event had around 1000 exhibitors, not only from the agricultural and livestock sectors, but also from many other economic sectors. Geographically, too, OVIBEJA has spread its appeal far beyond the borders of the Alentejo, attracting large numbers of visitors to Beja from all over Portugal and even Spain, year after year.
The current costs for a stand start at 120 EUR (+VAT) for a basic stand and a corporate stand is available for 800 EUR (+VAT). For visitors, the daily entrance fee is 7 EUR; 5-day tickets are available for 25 EUR. OVIBEJA is organised by the ACOS Association, the farmers’ association of southern Portugal, whose members are mostly from the southern Alentejo.
After the OVIBEJA was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the 2021 edition will take place, but only online. Between the 22nd and 23rd of April 2021, various contents will be broadcasted via a digital platform. This year’s theme is Conscious Agriculture and the aim is to “appreciate the importance of conscientious, sustainable and efficient agriculture based on scientific and technological knowledge.”
The much acclaimed international olive oil competition will be held despite the pandemic; more than 100 participating olive oils from 5 continents are expected. Performances by the Canto Alentejano and contributions on Slow Food Alentejo will also be available online.
More information is available at the fairs website: www.ovibeja.pt