This month, the theme for my mood-board blog was particularly easy as I have just spent four days at the Feria de Sevilla. As you know from my blog a couple of weeks ago, I go there quite often because it’s where Antonio, aka Fiancé, is from. The thing is that I was even going to the feria religiously every year even before I knew Antonio. So I am, what they call a true ‘feriante’ (someone who counts down every year to the feria, a bit like Christmas!).
The feria is an explosion of colours, sounds and smells. It runs for a full week in April, sometimes May, and is a non-stop party. Obviously, this can be a great theme for just one evening too, you don’t need to keep it going for a week at home!
The streets are covered in a yellow sort of sand, which is called albero that already sets the scene for the vibrant colours that are repeated on and inside the tent houses where people meet to eat, drink and dance. Sometimes when it’s too hot or too full, people will move out into the street and dance there, mixing with the horse drawn carriages painted with touches of red, green and gold. The sky is dotted by lines of ‘farolillos’ which are paper small lanterns that decorate the streets of the feria and light up at night.
A very important part of the feria is the gitana dresses that women of all ages wear. The more colourful, the better! These are topped off with more or less ruffles, fringing, patterns, etc. The list is endless and every single one is unique.
In order to though a good party reminiscent of the feria, you should not forget the jamon, the rebujito (which is a mix of manzanilla wine and seven up), the tapas, some good music and of course sevillanas songs. Mix all of this, add some flowers in the girls hair and you have yourself an amazing party!