QdV’s Open Door event overcomes the competition of football and elections
Despite some slight interruptions in the form of early October rain, the 13th edition of Quinta dos Vales’ Open Door has once again been a resounding success. Although there were noticeably fewer Portuguese faces in attendance than usual, because of the elections and three important football matches, the turnout exceeded expectations. The strong interest of the Algarvian and Lisbon foreign community brought the count of visitors once again above the magical number of 2.000, despite the strong "competition".
Besides the permanent staple of great wine and food on offer during these events, spectators also enjoyed in three different event areas several dance groups, horse and falconry shows, live art performances and of course excellent musicians. Karl Heinz Stock, initiator of the event noted "I invited one of the best, if not the best, Fado singers of the Algarve, Raquel Peters. I have to admit that it took me quite some courage, as Fado is great in a small and quiet environment but could have been counterproductive during a huge event. However it paid off to see hundreds of spectators listening and participating during the unexpected live Fado performance at the end of the day."