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How it all began…

On a cold, gray Michigan day in 1997 a group of friends reminisce about April in Seville, Spain over a couple of bottles of Rioja wine… Ahhh, the sun, warmth, friends and family, and the unmistakable excitement as the city prepares for its annual spring bash– la Feria de abril: a week long party of frolic, food, and fun. The sounds of Flamenco, the colors of beautiful dresses, the fragrances of orange blossoms, the heat of the AndalucĂ­an sun, and the enticing aromas from the simple yet powerful kitchens as they churn out tortilla, paella, and pescaito frito. Oh, to be back in Sevilla…

Yet since these friends knew Michigan would be their home for years to come, they embarked on a mission to recreate la Feria in their own backyards. And so began a yearly tradition of cooking, dancing, and celebrating in an attempt to bring a little bit of the joy of Spain to Southeastern Michigan. Each year these friends invited others to join them at their “feria,” and the party grew in numbers and popularity. Soon, murmurings began that la Feria–with all of its goodness–should be more than a once a year affair; somehow it should be held in a permanent gathering place for all to enjoy year round. And the seeds of what would come were planted…

Fast forward 16 years and that talk of sharing a little bit of Spain with others became a reality when these friends–Pilar Baron-Hidalgo, Naomi Khalil, and Elias Khalil submitted their idea to the 2012 Hatch Detroit contest and won with overwhelming support. Detroit was ready to share the magic of la Feria, and now with our doors open, we are so excited to bring it to you!