Aside from the dress, aside from the rides, aside from the proper food pairing stands the dance: sevillanas. From the age of three, youngsters learn how to move. The art of circling each finger one by one, stepping firmly, twirling about and ending each segment with “Ole!”, is what gives life to the fair. With this, it’s a party!
Watching alone makes me want to stomp and fling my hands.
Ruffles are in this season but they’re a way of life for all women of feria. The dress…it’s all about the dress. They can cost as much as €800 (over $1,000). And the key to making it pop is all in the appropriate accessories and voila, look completed.
Start with a dress, full of volantes (ruffles), colors and often printed with lunares (polka dots).
Then top it off with a flowing pañuelo (shawl).
To match, find a big and bold flor (flower).
Next, earrings. Plastic hoops are popular. The fancy folks may opt for sparkles.
^^ notice the rebujito they’re drinking ^^
And finally, shoes. Kitty one-strap heels are very traditional. And functional for those that need to last until 6am!
….and for those of us that don’t have the head-to-toe gear but still want to look festive. Anything colorful wins!
No good fair exists without the proper food and beverage. The official drink of feria is a cocktail called rebujito, a mix of Sprite and Sherry. As for the food….well montaditos (traditional Spanish mini-sandwhiches) aren’t feria-specific. But they are quality picks for any occasion. We all love to find good, reasonably priced bites and that’s exactly what 100 Montaditos provides. This Spanish chain is designed around the idea of providing high quality products at competitive prices. Here, montaditos are available in 100 varieties (hence the name 🙂 ) and cost between one and two euros (about $1.30-$3) each. Wednesdays you can get any of them for only €1 (about $1.30)!! Most purchases at any fair tend to be overpriced. So today, a strategic eater and feria attendee would plan to load up on €1 sandwiches then dance the night away with some rebujitos. Even when it’s not feria time, be sure to stop at 100 Montaditos and taste something rebujito-ish if ever in Spain!
Photo by Bill Sinclair
And the rebujito…
Photo from youngadveturess.com
Good news: 100 Montaditos has expanded to over 250 locations around the world, and plans to continue growing. It’s already in Florida. May be coming to your city next!