On the banks of the Thames, in London’s colourful cultural zone, the Feria de Londres celebrates Southern Spain’s traditions and customs. It takes place on the last weekend in May.
For the third consecutive year, the festival inspired by Andalucia aims to convey the values of the historical Andalusian Carnivals and the Feria de Abril to the British, as well as other important festivals from the homeland of playwright, Federico García Lorca.
To find out about the beginning of this festival, one must go back to the Middle Ages, when the first Andalusian Carnival took place that consisted of events where citizens organised banquets of food and drink originating from Jerez.
These days, they are big regional and national festivals, such as the one in Cádiz. On the other hand, the first Feria de Sevilla would not happen until 1847.
Throughout the weekend, Bernie Spain Gardens will have festival stands, Flamenco dancing and Spanish cuisine. Furthermore, young and old alike will be able to participate in Flamenco dancing workshops, face painting or arts and crafts.
There will be samples of Spanish wines, among them the famous wines from Jerez. There will also be displays of rebujito, a typical Andalusian drink made of a mixture of Jerez sherry and mint.
The food stalls will have all kinds of Spanish dishes, from Padrón peppers to Spanish potato omelette, through to the famous Valencian paella. If one prefers something sweet, visitors will be able to try sugar-coated churros.
(Translated by Donna Davison – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Photos: Pixabay