Central London shoppers were in for a special treat on Sunday, when A Taste of Spain converted Regent Street into a festival of Spanish culture, just for one day. Some 500,000 visitors checked out the food stalls, music stage and other displays that stretched the length of Regent Street from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, closed off to traffic.
The colourful fiesta included giant paellas from Valencia, dancing horses from Menorca and drummers from the Tamborrada de San Sebastián, who performed for the first time away from their basque home town. A foody’s delight, the festival also featured numerous stalls with culinary delights from Andalucia and Navarra.
For the more adventurous there were interactive sports challenges and events, including basketball, football, tennis, golf and motorsports; and just to show off the country’s sporting prowess, the Eurocup and FIFA World Cup were on display, loaned from the Spanish Football Federation for the day.
The event, which ran from midday to 7pm, was a huge success for the Spanish Tourist Office, and was supported by the Regent Street Association and the Evening Standard.
A Taste of Spain’s next stop is Leeds on 2nd and 3rd July, then Edinburgh where it will host a fiesta on The Mound on 12th and 13th July. If I were you, I wouldn’t miss it!
Images courtesy of A Taste of Spain