The Feria de Jerez is an unforgettable experience on so many levels, and these tips will help those visiting for the first time to enjoy everything it has to offer.
The first thing you must know is that the Feria de Jerez is commonly known as the “Feria del Caballo” (The Horse Fair) and this beautiful animal is one of the main attractions. This city is not called “the cradle of the Carthusian horse” for nothing. You can admire the elegance of this particular breed from Jerez as they grace the streets of the Feria.
As the sun shines on the Real street, you can also marvel at the splendour of their beautifully decorated carriages and harnesses.
As an event of great importance, the Feria has its own particular dress code, with the famous flamenco dresses catching the eye. If there is one day at the Feria when the sight of all these flamenco dresses is most spectacular, it is on Wednesday, when Women’s Day is celebrated.
It’s worth remembering, however, that it can get quite hot at the Feria, so it is best to wear cool and light clothes, while at the same time staying smart.
The typical dance at the Feria is the Sevillana. It is divided into four parts, each one with different steps and hand movements.
More defiant and vivacious is the Rumba, which as the day wears on at this Fiesta, becomes more and more prominent. And if you’re interested in the relationship between Flamenco and Jerez, you can’t miss the Bulerias. It is well worth seeing this dance and feeling the energy of those who do it well.
As far as quenching your thirst at the Feria de Jerez, it would be a sin not to ask for a Tio Pepe and share it with your friends while you catch up. For a refreshing alternative, try mixing it with Sprite and ice, finished off with a touch of spearmint and you get what we call a chilled out Tiojito.
We also recommend that you get to know one of the locals who can take you to the Casetas which, despite being less well-known, will allow you to discover the real star dishes of traditional Jerez cuisine, such as the Berza Gitana or Menudo; real comfort food that will keep you going for the day. If you want something quick the most typical snacks in the feria are serranito ( a small sandwich with pork, ham and green pepper), Spanish omelette and of course jamon!
In short, at the Feria de Jerez, you are sure to have a great time, from midday until the early hours of the morning. Of course, don’t forget to take a moment to rest and relax with a chilled Tio Pepe in the shade of the excellent Casetas!