This was my second year going to this amazing event. It always happens the last week in May in Córdoba, Andalucía. Summed up in a few short words: dancing, drinking, loud traditional music, new nightclub music, 7am. My friend Antonio grew up in Córdoba, and has since gone back every year to party it up with his friends and family who are all there, and because of him I am lucky enough to be able to participate in this incredible event.
Just like last year, I arrived on Thursday afternoon, rested for a bit, and then went to the fair to meet up with Tony’s parents and eat some dinner. Flamenquín, croquetas, pimientos, and calamaris, all of which were excellent, accompanied by the familiar rebujito, which is a mixture of very strong manzanilla wine and soda. Unfortunately not many people made it to the fair on Thursday because it was still during the week, but we still incredibly were out until about 6am.
Friday was a long day of touring around the fairgrounds, photography, the traditional dance Sevillanas, daytime wine, horses, and then Friday night turned into a ginormous party of everybody gathering together- at one point we were a group of about 16 people. Again, the whole night of dancing, drinking, laughing, and loud music until 6.30am (Here Comes the Sun).
Saturday was another afternoon of stomping the fairgrounds, and then like the night before, turned into a long night in one tent (which are more properly called “casetas”) along with excellent music and lots of ridiculous dancing and laughter. We shut everything down around 7am, and then went to get some food. The food truck situation there is very well organized, with all of them open from mid-afternoon until early morning. The only thing is it seems as though they are always out of pizza- every night they were completely sold out!
All in all, I can only compare this year to the last year, or the Feria de Sevilla in 2005 which I also went to. Córdoba is special, because unlike Sevilla which, as an attendee without caseta, your experience is based on who you know, and which casetas they can get into. Córdoba however, is much more open and inviting to everybody- no matter who you are, you’re able to go into casetas, order wine, food, yuck it up with the others there, and dance (assuming you know how to dance Sevillana).