In this undated photo, dancers at the Seville festival are shown. This year's event is at Crossbridge Church Saturday, where organizers expect 1,000 to attend (KBI via expats club)
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Rebeca Calvet jokes that you could call this place “Key España” because so many residents have roots in Spain.

For the fourth year, her group – The eXpats Club – will bring a taste of the homeland to Key Biscayne with the Feria de Sevilla Miami at Crossbridge Church, 160 Harbor Drive this Saturday 29th. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Children ages 2 to 12 cost $5 to gain entry.

Public parking has been arranged at the nearby churches, St. Agnes, St. Christopher’s-by-the Sea and the Key Biscayne Community Church. Organizers expect 1,000 people to attend.

The event recreates a version of the traditional fair in Seville, a Spanish city in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula that puts on the lush – and quite beautiful – Andalusian festival. The festival, which runs from 5 p.m. to midnight, will feature traditional Spanish food, such as tapas, Spanish wine – including sangria, and live flamenco dancing.

“We have some restaurants from the island because they have Spanish products and others are from outside,” Calvet said. The Key Market and Novecento are two local restaurants participating. 

“The  reason why we started doing this event is because we love cultural exchange between Miami and Spain because there are a lot of things that we have in common,” said Patricia Azanza, also a co-founder of the eXpats Club.

The eXpats Club is a relocation service for those overseas wanting to come to the United States. The festival is just one event that the group helps bring to the island. It is also responsible for the Three Kings Parade in January and Rastrillo 305 in November, the latter a charity event replete also with music and food. 

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John Pacenti

JOHN PACENTI is a correspondent of the Key Biscayne Independent. John has worked for The Associated Press, the Palm Beach Post, Daily Business Review, and WPTV-TV.

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JOHN PACENTI is a correspondent of the Key Biscayne Independent. John has worked for The Associated Press, the Palm Beach Post, Daily Business Review, and WPTV-TV.