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This month, the city of Seville will be in festive swing at its annual gastronomic tapas fair where everyone celebrates by going off on a massive tapeo (a tapas crawl). Spanish tapas have been one of the big success stories of the past few years in the restaurant world and so many cuisines have been influenced by the idea of sharing small plates of delicious little bits and pieces.

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