The Seville FAIR
The Seville Fair began as a livestock fair in April 1847, founded by two town councilmen: José Mª Ybarra and Narciso Bonaplata.
It arose during a time of great hardship and despair for the residents of Seville, with originally only 19 tents where the “deals” were closed.
The naturally open people of Seville overcame their despair with business, song, dance, glasses of sherry and cheer, turning the fair into a cure for pessimism and depression.
The formula worked so well that nowadays, for seven days during the month of April, the people of Seville construct a temporary city that spans across 1 million square meters where 1,040 tents and 400 fair attractions are set up. Fair tents become a second home to the residents of Seville, where they spend the seven days welcoming friends, clients and social engagements. Tents compete to be the best decorated or that which offers the best food and musical performances, and no two tents are equal at the Fair.
EL ROCÍO pilgrimages
The El Rocío pilgrimage is an expression of popular Andalusian Catholic religiosity in honor of the Virgen del Rocío.
The pilgrimage is held the weekend of the Monday of the Pentecost. The virgin is located in the El Rocío chapel in the village of the same name belonging to Almonte Township in the province of Huelva.
The El Rocío pilgrimage is one of the most famous and massive that exist. More than 121 brotherhoods from all across Spain make the pilgrimage to the village of El Rocío on foot, on horseback, in covered wagon and on carts attached to horses, passing through part of the Doñana park. A large multitude of devotees arrive to the doors of the chapel where, the night before the Monday of the Pentecost, Almonte residents complete what is popularly called “el salto de la reja”, consisting of jumping the protective barrier to begin the procession. Next, Almonte residents remove the virgin, which they call “Blanca Paloma”, from the chapel and carry her around the village.
Taberna is a term we use for a type of commercial establishment open to the street in cities. It is usually found on the ground floor of buildings and consists of a single vaulted space.
Its functionality used to vary according to the type of commercial activity: some provided hot meals, others only wine, and others nuts and beer.
Nowadays, a taberna is an old-fashioned dining establishment that offers food and drinks.
Depending on the region of Spain, it can be synonymous with cantina, bodegón or tasca, but in Seville, it is called a taberna.
Seville’s tabernas are places where the majority of residents come together with their coworkers, friends or family after work to have a few beers and traditional tapas, talk and unwind after a hard day’s work.
El Esparragal is the ideal place to recreate Seville’s famous tabernas with a setup that resembles the authentic tabernas in Seville.
What better way to end a day of work than lunch or dinner in true Seville fashion?
|SUPPLEMENT FOR SETUP|
|Exterior, for each extra decorated and lit 4×4 tent||For each set of 1 table and 4 traditional chairs|
|Fair entrance||Fair umbrella light|
|Per horse rider and woman in flamenco dress||“Camino El Rocío” horse and flamenco show|
|Card sharps or gypsy fortune tellers||Carnival shooting game|
|Coro rociero, rumba or sevillanas group||Wine pouring expert|
|Open bar after dinner|