BLiP EXPO 2018 - Be Wise … Be There!

BLiP EXPO 2018 - Be Wise … Be There!The 18th annual Better Living in Portugal Exhibition (BLiP EXPO) will have nearly 100 exhibitors waiting to meet you over the weekend of 13-14 October in the Portimão Arena. All of them are there to provide residents and property owners solutions to enjoy the best possible lifestyle in Portugal.

There will be many previous BLiP exhibitors returning with their latest products and services for the home and garden as well as insurance, financial, currency, legal and health providers. Funeral arrangements, security, petcare, property services, fashion, shopping, food & drink and golf will all be represented. And there will be lots of new exhibitors vying for your attention. Talk to them – that’s why they are going to be there. Many will have special promotions and exclusive offers over the weekend and there will be instant health checks available and much more.

The Algarve Tourism Board will explain the 365 Algarve programme and its role within the expat community. Portimão Tourism Board and the Monchique Municipality will have details of attractions in their respective areas that are known to be of interest to exhibition visitors. The Civil Protection Agency will join with the Bombeiros to display the range of services and equipment they are able to so vitally deploy in the event of disaster relief situations.

For those with British connections, the UK’s HMRC will be available to answer concerns about UK taxation liabilities and issues. Daniel Bryant of HMRC says “For the second year running HM Revenue & Customs will attend BLiP EXPO to answer questions visitors to the event may have relating to UK tax matters when living in or moving to Portugal”. Their attendance, together with the Portuguese tax authorities (AT) is a direct result of the very positive feedback they got from being present last year.

A new exhibitor is Algarve Artists who will have original artwork on display and for sale. But that’s not all … you can meet the artists, watch demonstrations and perhaps you have a hidden talent, so join in, dab the palette and maybe create a masterpiece!

Also new is Algarve Rock Brewery – an ambitious British-owned craft brewery based in Faro. They will be giving tastings of their six varieties and you can get details of their fascinating brewery tours. There will even be supplies to take home!

Continuing the vein of the Algarve ‘palette/palate’, the award-winning Quinta dos Vales Wine Estate will offer wine tastings and showcasing some very exciting new initiatives including ‘The Wine Experience’ - you need to be at BLiP EXPO to find out more details.

The Algarve International Autodrome will have details of their 2019 programme and there are prizes to be won of a VIP day at the Lamera Cup 24-hour race in November AND 2 lucky visitors to BLiP EXPO will win the opportunity to take a tour of the track with British Gold Medal winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy at a date to be set.

Natura Garden Centre – the highly regarded business based in Almancil – is celebrating 25 years in the Algarve and will be providing the centrepiece mature olive tree at BLiP EXPO – come and have your photo taken under this magnificent 500 year old specimen! Their staff will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

BLiP is organised by foreign resident association afpop, sponsored by Medal Insurance and supported by the Algarve Tourism Board and the Câmara Municipal de Portimão.

Parking is plentiful and free. Entry is free. Catering is available. Don’t miss the event of the year!

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