17th Fuengirola International Fair

The 17th Fuengirola International Fair opens on Friday the 29th of April and runs for four days until May the 2nd from 1pm to 4am each day. The official procession on Saturday 30th April starts at the Fuengirola Town Hall at 12pm and heads to the fairground!

17th Fuengirola International Fair:

Organized by the Ayuntamiento de Fuengirola, the Fuengirola International Fair attracted over 900,000 visitors last year and that figure is expected to rise this year with the four days of the fair coinciding with the May Day holiday weekend.

The family orientated fair is held in the huge Fuengirola fairground and has something for everyone. From the entrance to the fairground by the arches, children will be drawn towards the host of fairground attractions stretching almost halfway towards the Palacio de la Paz, which is at the head of the fairground.

A combination of 34 countries and Spanish regions take over the permanent casetas in Fuengirola. These are buildings owned by clubs and associations, all of which have stages, bars and kitchens. Each country or region decorates their caseta with memorabilia and flags and provide traditional food and entertainment for all ages.

The entertainment often spills out into the street with visitors getting caught up with sambas, polkas, cheerleaders and line dancers. Bands of musicians wander around playing traditional instruments and sometime join up with other groups, especially the Scots and the Galicians who both enjoy the Gaita or bagpipes…at full blast!

The caseta with the most diverse music choice will be the USA. They have announced a massive 8 hours of entertainment every day including a “50s Rock and Roll show” on Friday 29th, one of the top Michael Jackson Tribute acts and “The Beerbellys” (a Rockabilly group) both on Saturday and Sunday, and a “Studio 54” style disco every night from 1.00am.

The Argentineans and Uruguayans both have huge barbeque pits totally covered in meats and sausages, filling the air with delicious aromas.

The Finnish have whole sides of salmon slowly cooking at the side of log fires, and there are many rotating kebabs each sporting a different meat mixture from the many Middle Eastern countries.

The Galician kitchen is redolent with the smell of cooking octopus, the Germans serve up enormous worst, a spicy sausage, the USA have triple burgers and pulled pork sandwiches with brownies for those with a sweet tooth, and the Indians have a pungently aromatic curry bubbling away.

17th Fuengirola International Fair Participants:

Participating in the Fuengirola International Fair this year are Germany, Argentina, Asturias, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cadiz, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Scotland, Finland, Fuengirola, Galicia, Hawaii, India, Ireland, Jordan, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Paraguay, Persia, Peru, Portugal, Thailand, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela.




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