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Sara Vidal
Feria 2004
From 5th till to 8th june
Atomium - Heysel
The biggest “Feria” of Europe in Brussels

From noon on Thursday 5 June until midnight Sunday 8 June, the biggest European “Feria”, apart from those held in Spain, will take place with all its flamboyant folklore and cultural festivities and wide range of speciality dishes on offer.

Four days of “Fiesta” at the foot of the Atomium

EuroFeria 2008This sixteenth annual Spanish and International Fête, EuroFeria, will be celebrated, for the second time at the foot of the Atomium where we are expecting around 150.000 visitors.

This year it will be centred around five large “Patios”: Andalucía, Atomium, España, Expo '58 and Calle del Infierno. Each Patio is a place where people can meet each other and enjoy a programme of music, song and dance as well as diverse animated activities and a variety of typical foods in the “casetas”.

La “Portada”, (monumental doorway) welcomes the public and this year it is formed by the Atomium itself in the majestic setting of the boulevard du Centenaire.

The décor and set-up of the fairground and casetas are in the authentic tradition of Andalusian Férias: a magical setting with lanterns in the casetas, strolling horses, performances by the magnificent Pure-Bred Spanish horses, people dressed in pure Andalusian costumes (“flamenca” dresses for the ladies and de corto” for the men), flamenco singing and dancing and lots of other elements which all combine to offer the sparkling spectacle of light and colour characteristic of these celebrations.

Day and night in the casetas it will be possible to enjoy food, drink and dancing in a friendly atmosphere. There will be an abundance of eats with a distinctly Mediterranean flavour as well as other European specialities: ham, shrimps, “pescaíto frito” (fried fish), paella etc. Each evening will end with the customary “churros with chocolate”. “Manzanilla”queen of drinks– the traditional drink at Andalusian ferias,has been brought in specially from Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz) whose cuisine, based on seafood, will feature prominently in this year’s EuroFeria.

The whole family can participate in the festivities which have been organised to cater for people of all ages. Children can play in the “Calle del Infierno”, a playground devoted to them, while the adults can sample typical dishes offered by the various casetas or revel in the diplays of Flamenco, Sevilliano and other dances, not forgetting the magical horse shows and riding demonstrations.