Some scenes from the Feria de Abril in Sevilla. The portada this year was a “Homage to Dance” and the winning design, by Eduardo Morón Espinosa, was inspired by the Argentinian Pavilion for the 1929 Spanish American Exhibition, now the Antonio Ruiz Soler Conservatory of Professional Dance.
I was invited to have lunch one afternoon at the private (and massive) City Hall caseta, so I went along with my friend and colleague Aldara Arias de Saavedra from We Love Tapas and we were shown a fabulous time by Diego Torres, editor of Sevilla Selecta magazine, who was in charge of coordinating all the food for the event. Afterwards we took a stroll around the grounds. It was a lovely sunny afternoon but heavy rains earlier in the week had taken its toll and the thousands of colourful paper lanterns that typically cover the lights had literally been washed away. There are rumours that next year the feria may start on Saturday (instead of the traditional Monday at midnight opening) and last for ten days. We shall see…
arriving at the feria
flamenco in the Ayuntamiento caseta
cold manzanilla served in a chilled metal teapot
this year’s spring fiestas poster
Inés Rosales for dessert
Diego and Aldara
lovely head scarf on this lovely amazona
chatting each other up
We Love Tapas chicas Ania and Aldara
washed away paper lanterns
kids playing outside a caseta
two young girls singing sevillanas
taking a break
big and little
inside a public caseta
late afternoon shadows
the wheel – would’ve gone up but it was way too speedy
Feria de Abril Sevilla
If you can’t wait for the Feria de Abril to start (this year it runs from the 12-17th) you can whet your appetite at Taberna del Alabardero, which is hosting is first ever Pre-Feria event. The gorgeous Salón del Magnolio has been decked out with colourful paper lanterns and banners and will be offering feria-style lunches (13.00 – 16.30) and dinners (20.00 – 23.30) until next Sunday the 10th. There will be live music and typical feria food (tortillas, fried fish, Ibérico meats) will be freshly made-to-order in the “caseta’s” pop-up kitchen, which will also be preparing various paellas during mealtimes. To encourage a proper feria “ambiente” a dinner for two will be awarded to one of the couples that come dressed in vestido de gitana and traje corte.
Pre-Feria en el Magnolio
April 6 – 10
Taberna del Alabardero
Tel. 954 50 27 21
Sevilla’s first tabanco is celebrating its first anniversary today.
Be there or be square!
Bienal de Flamenco 2014
September 12 – October 15
Looks like this is as close as I’m going to get to Feria this year. Slow-healing feet and ankles from my spectacular fall during Semana Santa has kept me less than mobile, including not being able to do all of my Sevilla Tapas Tours. But I did take out a tour last night and on the way home spotted the usual parked horses in the centre of town. It’s kind of a tradition that people trot over from the fair grounds and have tapas and drinks at Las Columnas in Barrio Santa Cruz – I used to live across the street and saw this every year. I also saw a group parked outside a bar in Cuesta del Rosario. Really it’s a long way to go just to show off, when you think about it…
cold beer on a hot night… with horses
parking Sevillano style
iPhone photos from my Instagram account
Deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Paco de Lucía
yesterday. I had the great privilege of seeing him perform live twice, here in Sevilla, and I was hoping I might get a chance to see him a third time at this year’s Bienal de Flamenco
. Such a irreparable loss, the world is a much emptier place now.
Adiós maestro, descanse en paz.
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Some gitanitas spotted yesterday afternoon at the Feria de Abril in Sevilla.
Taken on a Flamenco & Tapas Tour last week.
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Passing by the Fontecruz Hotel last night with my Flamenco & Tapas Tour clients we couldn’t help but notice a long red carpet out front. It turned out that there was a one-night-only exhibit called “Pasión Flamenca” going on inside, a homage to the Andalusian traje de flamenca featuring 12 designers from Sevilla and Cádiz, each of whom had created a red flamenco dress for the occasion. We were invited to come in and have a look around and it ended up being quite a fitting “extra” for our evening of flamenco and tapas.
The designers: Amparo Macia, Angeles Verano, Aurora Gaviño, Cañavate, Lina, Manolo Giraldo, Nuevo Montecarlo, Pepa Garrido, Pilar Vera, Pitusa Gassull, Pol Núñez and Rosalía Zahíno. Accessories by Sabina.
Taken during last night’s Flamenco & Tapas Tour.
I also got over 50 photos of total blurs…