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Feria de Andalucia in Valencia - Food & Rebujito!
26 April 2016 @ 10:58

 

 

Phew!  Time to rest! Fiestas and fairs would have overwhelmed anyone who has been in Valencia over the past month or so; Fallas, Easter, Valencian Food and Wine fair and last but not least the “Feria de Abril” (The April Fair) or the "Andalucia Fair" , well strictly speaking it hasn't finished yet, but I've had my fair share. The next festival is in July with the “Feria de Julio” so plenty of time to recover and charge the batteries! Glad there aren’t too many “monthly” Ferias!

Although we are not in Andalucia, the Andalucian emigrants that live in Valencia celebrate every year the famed festivities of the “Feria de Abril” in Valencia’s riverbed. They left Andalucia but took their traditions with them and share them with everyone who wishes to participate. Even though it is on a much much smaller scale than in Seville or other areas of Andalucia, the celebrations in Valencia are still a wonderful taster of Andalucian hospitality, entertainment and culinary delights. Yes, if I hadn’t already had enough with my previous “walk” around the Food and Wine fair a few weeks back, this past Saturday presented a similar but different panorama. So, as it is only once a year, we hitched up with the family and headed down to the “Feria”.

The kids were dressed up in traditional flamenco dresses and spent the whole afternoon dancing “Sevillanas” non-stop.  We have family from Cadiz so we are well used to the Andalucian “party spirit”, which is relentless and sometimes more than that displayed by Valencians during Fallas.

When we arrived we set up in the “caseta” (marquis) which our friends belonged to, but unlike in Seville, where they are all private, these are open to the public so you don’t actually need to know anyone to get in, you just find a table and start ordering and enjoying the ambience!

 

  

 

 

 

The first on the agenda was to find a table in the shade and get something to quench our thirst, the sun was blazing down and in the riverbed their isn’t much of a breeze as it is well protected from the wind. Naturally being in an Andalucian fair, an Andalucian drink was a must, when in Rome….  So we ordered a jug of “Rebujito” to get things going. If you don’t know what Rebujito is, it is a typical drink drunk in the spring/summer in Andalucia and the main drink consumed in the Feria de Abril. It is a Manzanilla Sherry wine mixed with 7up or Sprite! (Mixed in the proportion 70/30…sprite being 30 of course!) You might say 7up? Sprite? That’s not very Andalucian. And you are right. But the Andalucians aren’t stupid either and would rather be drinking non-stop all-day and partying for longer than having to retire home early because you are too drunk! So basically Rebujito is a watered down version of Manzanilla Jerez, which means you can drink more for longer and that’s exactly what happened!

 

                       

 

 

During the afternoon we went through 3 jugs of it and to be honest we were fine by the time we left, pleasantly “content” might be the best way to describe it. We could have continued into the early hours of the morning but routine called and Monday is a working day and the kids had school so by 7 we had already set off home.

Nonetheless we still had plenty of time to enjoy some great Salmorejo, Jamon, Cheese, Calamari and grilled meats. Some of us even plucked up the courage to dance a few Sevillanas running the risk of making a complete fool of ourselves amongst the expert and more experienced dancers. It was great fun and the kids just had the most amazing afternoon. The atmosphere at this Feria is unique unlike any other Spanish “fiesta” it is everything a foreigner thinks of when they think of Spain: Hospitality, Flamenco, dancing, music, guitars, horses, polka dot dresses, castañuelos, wine, sherry, jamón and so on and so on. It is the authentic “South”, everything Spain is famous for brought together in one occasion.

So I highly recommend it for anyone who may be in Valencia this week. It continues all week until this coming Sunday night, 1st of May. It is well worth a visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Falcón said:
29 April 2016 @ 19:08

The "Feria de Abril" or ( The April Fair) is very beautiful in Valencia because this city to take in the people that are native the Sevilla. The Andalucian emigrants that live in Valencia. More than this celebration on the river, I would like to go Sevilla for I can see this city with some building such as Giralda, river, Reales Alcazares, Cathedral, and other monuments .
Sevilla also has lovely with food and drink, rebujito, manzanilla, fish, etc. The woman wear a wonderful dresses plenty colour. I like this city "Sevilla".

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