Seen as this years Feria is nearly here, I thought I’d post these from last year. I had no idea about the event before I arrived in Sevilla last year, in fact I was still living under the impression that Flamenco was a general Spanish tradition, rather than one that has its roots in Andalucia. Feria literally translates as ‘fair’ and happens in most towns in the region during Spring or summer. The origins of the event in Sevilla are as a livestock fair, but over the years the focus became drinking, dancing and eating (in pretty much that order from what I saw) The weapon of choice is Rebujito, a mixture of manzanilla sherry and sprite, which packs a punch after a few.
Even having had the event explained to me, I couldn’t get a clear picture of it until I arrived. Having originally taken place in Plaza San Sebastian, it’s now held on a enormous festival ground on the edge of Los Remedios, across the guadalquivir from the Sevilla itself. Over the year people save money in friendship, work related or family groups and then hire a ‘caseta’, a temporary bar, for the week. I can’t remember how many there were last year, but it seemed like hundreds. Unlike in other Andalucian cities, most of the casetas are private and require an invite. There are some public ones, generally run by political parties and trade unions. Of these, the one belonging to the PCE (Spanish Communist Party) was the best, with murals adorning the walls and revolutionary anthems intermittently breaking up the flamenco. If you
happen to be in or around Sevilla next month, I highly recommend making a beeline for Feria.