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La Feria de Sevilla (The Seville Fair) is a festival which begins two weeks after Easter. This is a week of serious dancing, drinking, and eating. The origins of the Fair date back to the mid 1800’s when it was organised as a livestock fair, and later during the 1920’s it reached its peak and became the spectacular event that it is today.
This years dates are from 7th May to 12th May. If you are in the area make sure you check it out.
Of the 1000-odd casetas, there are 6 public tents representing the six districts of Seville and these 6 are open for the public. The main gate is unique each year, and its construction starts well in advance. As you can imagine it also takes a few weeks to clear up after the end of the Fair. At the start, the lights of Portada (the main gate) are turned on and people gather in front of it to watch the event before going to the casetas to have dinner and some fun. Local people dress for the fair in typical costume and there’s a lot of dancing and colour.
Below are some of the stranger delicacies you may get to experience at La Feria de Sevilla, are you brave enough to try any of these? Not sure if I am!
- Solomillo de Whiskey – A dish for the less adventurous, solomillo is a versatile cut of meat from the part of a pig between the lower ribs and the spine. A sauce made of whisky and garlic is one of the most common ways to serve it. Grab some bread and make a sandwich, or mop up the left over oil (not recommended before getting on your e-bike!)
- Caldo de Puchero – This warm broth is not only a cheap way to load up on calories during a drinking binge, but local lore says it will also help you coat your stomach. The broth is made from the drippings of pringá meat – blood sausage, chorizo, chicken thigh, a salted bone, lard and morcillo de vaca – with a hint of peppermint.
- Cola de Toro – Among one of Seville’s star dishes is cola de toro, or stewed bull’s tail. The tender meat is served still on the bone and with vegetables, often over fried potatoes. If you splurge on one thing you could try this, but Neil recommends a tour by electric bike with Edible Bike Tours, rather than chewing on something 2 inches from a cow’s butt.
“Small cheer and a great welcome make a merry feast” William Shakespeare