It’s hard to contain your excitement upon entering Rio de Janeiro’s largest fair. The market is a dizzying explosion of all things that come from the northeast of Brazil including plenty of Bahian products – look out for the typical Bahian ornaments of curvaceous women. The 600 stalls offer a range of food such as herbs, spices, cachaca (distilled sugar cane), dried meats, cheese and the regional bottles of melted butter used to pour over meals. After satisfying your senses at the fair’s hundreds of stalls, head to any one of the informal restaurants to fill up on rice, beans, chips and meat cooked the northeastern way and served up in huge portions. Enjoy the live forró (a music typical from the northeast) and join in with the impromptu dancing and singing.