London, United Kingdom
October 30, 2003
The feria is held in honour of 'vino fino', the locally produced fine wine. It has a disgusting vinegar-like taste but the locals insist on its quality. Funny how it's only ever drunk for these six days and forgotten for the rest of the year!
During the day, posh equine-types prance around on their horses, sipping the aforementioned tipple and generally enjoying themselves. The rest of us run to avoid them. Drinking and dancing are to be seen in every 'caseta' (marquee), with 'Sevillanas', a certain branch of flamenco, being the favourite. Families and friends gather round tables drinking wine and eating 'tortilla', 'gambas' and 'pimientos fritos'. It's all good stuff.
Nighttime, however, is when the fun begins. The feria becomes a drinking fest unlike any other, with everybody in extremely high spirits. The disco marquees begin to kick in and its not unusual to see the odd vomitting youth! It's really something else! If that's not your cup of tea, head to the fairground area or better still, stick to the feria during the daytime.
The six days celebration are rounded off by a fire work display before everybody heads home and contemplates the passing of yet another feria. Roll on the next!
From journal Un tinto de verano por favor!