It’s Feria week in Sevilla and it would have been incredibly rude if I didn’t pay it a visit or two, especially considering it’s very close to my house too. This is a week long (well, actually 9 days long this year) fair. Starting back in 1847 as a livestock fair, it has since changed a lot. All of the locals from Sevilla see it as an excuse to get dressed up in their traditional traje de flamenca (for the ladies) and very smart suits (for the guys) and to head outside to be with friends and family, and most importantly, to celebrate their Andalusian identity.
During this week, the streets of Sevilla are filled with beautifully dressed women and the roads are full of horse and carriages being driven by equally as well dressed people. The whole city kind of changes and the vibe in the streets is of one of celebration. It was so amazing to see so many people taking part in this massive cultural event. It was also weird to see such a massive stereotypical part of “Spanish” identity being played out right in front of my eyes – it was kind of surreal, actually. I’d only really seen women in flamenco and horse and carriages etc. in images and on TV, but now it was right in front of me. It was all very very Spanish.
La Feria consists of a massive theme park (which I didn’t actually visit because I was too busy drinking) and the casetas. The casetas are essentially glorified tents (with bars, kitchens, staff etc. inside) and the vast majority are private. To gain access to these private tents, you need to know someone who knows someone, that sort of thing. They’re normally hired by companies, associations, families etc. and thus, if you aren’t associated to them, you’re not getting in. However, there are a handful on public tents which anyone can go into but you need to hunt for them or just take a look at this list! Also, this years, there’s a tent just for the guiris (the tourists!)
The drink of choice seems to be El Rebujito, a white wine/sherry and lemonade. It’s drunk from these tiny little glasses (shot glasses essentially) and be careful, it gets you quite drunk quite quickly, so drink with caution and care. It cost between 7-8€ for a Jarra which you could easily share between 3 or 4.
Although when I first entered La Feria, I was completely overwhelmed and confused as to what it was, after two nights there, it’s now a lot clearer. Yes, this is an event for people from Sevilla and thus it’s going to feel a bit exclusive and like you don’t really belong there. However, once you work out which tents are public and it’s very easy indeed to feel like you belong there. My advice, go along, find yourself a tent, get yourself a drink, speak to some people and just have fun.
I must say thank you to the lady who are 1am was teaching me how to dance Sevillanas on the stage on a public tent. You really did make my night.
I do apologise that this blog was a little short but I don’t remember a lot of what happened. Let’s blame the Rebujito.
See ya x