The Seville Fair is back.
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the eXpat Club event that promotes cultural exchange between Spain and Miami, is set for its third edition on May 6 at Crossbridge Church at 160 Harbor Drive in Key Biscayne.
The Fair runs from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Originating in Seville, Spain in the 19th century, the Fair celebrates the season of spring. The week-long event attracts tourists from all over the world to the Andalusia region to experience colorful decorations, flamenco and great food.
At the Key Biscayne event, people will be able to visit different booths, all decorated with Andalusian designs, and sample food from different restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment.
South Florida’s inaugural 2018 event in Miami-Dade County, while small and unassuming, was well received by attendees who wanted more, said event organizer Marina Martin.
The second edition was a street fair, with 10 different Spanish restaurants serving tapas-style dishes and Spanish wines and beers, Martin said. Around 900 people attended and, with no flamenco band to liven things up, they danced Sevillanas, a traditional dance from the Seville region.
“With close to 900 people in attendance, our expectations were exceeded and people were happy to be able to have something as ours as the Miami April Fair,” Martin said.
Ten, in 2020 and 2021, the event fell victim to the COVIDF pandemic.
This year there will be 20 tents, decorated in the image of the original fair stands, and a larger stage for the flamenco group Salvador de Angela and a performance by the dancer Paloma de Vega Centenera.
In addition, several flamenco academies will enliven the party with their dances dressed in their colorful flamenco dresses, head flowers and castanets.
The restaurants will serve their most typical Spanish tapas, and of course there will be no shortage of the signature drink of the fair, the “Rebujito” (a mixture of Sherry or Manzanilla wine with Sprite and ice).
“We don’t expect it to be like the real Seville fair, but at least we are proud to have a small representation of this wonderful event so colorful and so full of joy, culture and art”, Martin said.