This enormous fair (32,000 sq meters with over 600 stalls) is not to be missed. It showcases the culture from the northeast, with barracas (food stalls) selling Bahian dishes as well as beer and cachaça (cane liquor), which flows in great abundance here. The best time to go is on the weekend, when you can catch live bands playing forró, plus samba groups and comedy troupes, MPB (Música Popular Brasileria) and rodas de capoeira (capoeira circles).
The vibrant scene runs nonstop from Friday morning through to Sunday evening. In addition to food and drink, you can browse music CDs (forró, of course), hammocks and a wide assortment of handicrafts.