Marbella Feria opening 2015
On Monday 8 June, we all headed for the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo to see the opening ceremony for this year’s feria celebrating San Bernabé, Marbella’s patron saint.
The stage and the seating were set up earlier in the day ready for one of the biggest shows of the year. And, as the sun started to go down, the crowds and this year’s participants started arriving to take their places.
When the lights went up, RTV Marbella’s presenter Roberto Caballero took the stage to introduce the first act of the evening Davinia Escalona. She delighted the crowds with her love of flamenco which transmitted to all through her amazing voice. Next on the bill was Grupo Arenal. They were accompanied by dancers in full feria dress. Their Marbella song certainly had the audience on their feet.
Marbella’s Michelin Star chef Dani Garcia then gave the formal Feria address.
He talked about his love of Marbella. And, being born here, he called it “My Marbella, our Marbella”. And, naturally enough, he talked about his love of food and the city that has inspired him. There are three récipes which come from all sides of Marbella:
The starter would be “The cold soup of salt water from the Mediterranean Sea”. The main course is “the rockfish of Elviria”. And finally a delicious “sweet and emblematic dessert where the moon bathes in the baths of Guadalmina”. He then winked at the audience to tell them you will never find these récipes. They are in my heart.
Marbella’s Mayor Ángeles Muñoz thanked him for his speech and presented him with a momento of the occasion.
Then, it was time to welcome onto the stage the Reina Damas and Reina Damas Infantiles, the children and young Queens and ladies along with the Queen of the People to receive sashes and flowers from the Mayor Ángeles Muñoz.
Ángeles Muñoz then pulled the switch to officially turn on the lights at the fairground.
It was then time for the traditional firework display to music, as usual lighting up the night sky above Marbella. It was truly a wonderful show and a great start to the Feria. If you missed it, here are a few images for you to enjoy.
Happy Feria everyone!!!