Fiestas Colombinas 2012 (Columbus week Huelva)
The six day festival, from the 31st July to the 5th of August is in honour of Christopher Columbus and to celebrate the discovery of the Americas. The big day of the festival is August 3 the day Columbus set sail for the New World in 1492. It has been celebrated since 1882 and is now one of Andalucía’s most important festivals with more than a half a million visitors.
The nucleus of the fair is located at a new venue next to Club de Tiro de Pichón between Avenida Manuel de Falla, la calle Joaquín Turina and the industrial port. Entrance to the fair district is through a gateway which is designed to resemble a characteristic building of the city or province of Huelva
Throughout the city there are many parallel events including a full programme of sporting competitions. There are also numerous musical concerts, exhibitions and theatre events. Bullfights are also featured in Huelva’s bull ring.
The festivities do retain a few nautical aspects and the Semana Náutica Colombina (Columbian Nautical Week), is held in collaboration with the Club Marítimo. And there is a fishing competition from an anchored dock and canoeing regattas.
The main fair district is 31,818 square metres with almost 100 booths and about 70 attractions including music, dancing and general entertainment. The streets within this area take names of characteristic places in the city: Muelle del Tinto, De las Canoas, Marismas del Titán, Punta del Sebo, and Club Marítimo de Huelva.
Among the food available at the fair are typical dishes of Huelva and of Andalucía in general. For example fried seafood, featuring various species from the Gulf of Cádiz such as langostino, the white prawn and cuttlefish. Traditional meat dishes include pinchitos (skewers of marinated pork), cecina (dried beef salted and smoked), and ham. Some booths specialise in preparing the beverage known as "ponche colombino" (columbian punch).
The celebrations culminate with an interpretation of the Himno de Huelva (Anthem of Huelva) and a 45-minute fireworks display.