Eat, drink and be merry in August and starting the month off in style we have the Machico Gastronomic Festival from the 26th of July until the 4th of August. If you are looking to sample authentic Eastern Madeiran cuisine, then Machico is the place to be. Elsewhere, Madeira’s roads will reverberate from the scream of pistons during the Madeira Wine Rally (Rali Vinho Madeira) which takes place from the 1st to the 3rd. It’s fast, furious and exciting as both national and international competitors battle it out on the islands challenging roads. The National Juniors Absolute Swimming Championship held at the Funchal Olimpic Swimming Pool Complex is one of the best in Portugal and will have regional and national competitors fighting it out to be crowned the best during the 1st to the 4th. Moving to the north of the island, São Vicente celebrates Nossa Senhora da Saúde a.k.a Arraial dos Lameiros Festival, during the 2nd and 5th of August with the usual traditional food and lost of entertainment. Taking a slightly more relaxed feel the Black Scabbard Festival on the 9th, 10th and 11th in Câmara de Lobos promises not only to be entertaining but shows the versatility of the islands most famous fish as well as giving visitors a glimpse behind the scenes of Madeira’s fishing industry.
The town of ‘Arts Camacha´ will be held in Camacha from the 9th to the 15th with the parish celebrating its local traditions and customs, including folklore, embroidery and musical entertainment. On the 14th and 15th, Monte will also be holding its traditional and annual Nossa Senhora do Monte Festival. This popular two-day event combines religious observance as well as live entertainment, fun and food. This is a must-see event. The Caniço Gastronomy Festival takes place in the town square from the 16th to the 20th, comprising musical entertainment and plenty of food stalls, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. North of the island again, the popular Festival of São Vicente comprises numerous activities and entertainments planned during this weeklong event held between the 21st and 24th. This is one of the biggest summer parties on the island, comprising of church services, food, drink and plenty of live entertainment. Funchal celebrates its day in style on the 21st as the city centre revels in its history and has fun at the same time. The main performances will take place in Avenida do Mar and Avenida Arriaga, and as always there will be plenty of good entertainment peppered with a few official events.
The highlight of the month is, of course, the wine festival which takes place both in Câmara de Lobos and Funchal between the 25th August and 8th of September. This iconic celebration has Funchal is adorned with all things grape and wine related, giving visitors the chance to experience a little piece of Madeira’s wine history and of course to sample the wide variety of fortified and table wines that the island produces. Porto da Cruz celebrates its wine history and that of its farmers `Grape and Farmer Festival` from the 31st August to the 1st of September. It’s lively, fun and full of entertainment and includes their traditional parade. The Santissimo Sacramento or Arraial do Bom Jesus takes place on the 31st August and 1st of September in Ponta Delgada. Like the Arraial dos Lameiros, the Santissimo Sacramento is one of the largest festivals on the island with its flower carpets, entertainment and assorted food and drink stalls as it celebrates.