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Fête de la Cerise, Céret
20th May - 21st May
Céret cherry festival
The annual cherry festival in Céret is a colourful weekend of stone spitting, music, dancing and entertainment in the streets, not to mention the inventive recipes involving cherries served up in the local restaurants…. or why not try a glass of cherry beer, cherry wine, cherry pie, cherry pasty, cherry burger, cherries on toast, cherries with spam……..?
Saturday in Céret
10h00 – Official opening of the cherry festival and market
10h30 – 13h00 Parade of the ‘bandas’, in front of cafés Pablo and France
14h30 – Catalan dancing with « Alegria » in the streets
15h00 – Cherry stoning competition (in front of town hall)
16h00 – Official ceremony and planting of the cherry tree (rue du 19 mars) and cherry stone spitting contest (Pinyodrome, place Picasso)
17h00 – bandas
18h30 – Apero with concert from the ‘bandas’ in the place de la Liberté
20h30 – Open air meal and concert at the place de la Liberté (20€)
Sunday in Céret
10h – Opening of the cherry market
10h00 – 13h00 – Parade of the ‘bandas’, in front of cafés Pablo and France
14h00 – Sardanes from Colla Cireres (rue Saint Ferréol)
14h30 – Choreographed show with castellers
13h00 – Cherry stoning competition (in front of Mairie)
14h00 – Cherry spitting competition (Pinyodrome, place Picasso)
17h00 – closing of the festival, sardane and bal in front of the Arcades, choral concert at the Théâtre de Verdure.
Shop windows decorated with a cherry theme
Céret school children present their paintings
Restaurants offer cherry based menus and cafés serve the latest ‘cherry beer’
Local products for sale with cherry base
Children’s area with bouncy castle, candy floss…
Free ‘little train’ taking you into and out of the centre of Ceret throughout the festival. Leaves from the bridge from 10h to 12h30 and 14h – 18h.