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FETE DES VENDANGES, BANYULS-SUR-MER
7th October - 8th October
October 8th 2017
Local product market, grape pressing, musical entertainment in the village streets, special ’vendanges ball’, blessing of the harvest, arrival by sea of the grape harvest as in days of old when the barques catalanes brought the grapes to the beach………
Every October the Fête de Vendanges takes place, this year on the 7th and 8th, with the main shenanigans taking place on Sunday 8th.
The tastings, the smoke rising from the BBQs (which you can use yourself – bring you own meat) and merriment has to be seen to be believed.
On the Sunday the beach becomes positively medieval, the smoke from endless grillades rising in to the autumn air, musicians, stilt walkers and jugglers mingling with the crowd, food is consumed in great quantities, much wine is drunk and, towards the end of the afternoon, Catalan Barques zig zag a ballet in the bay before bringing the “harvest” in to the shore.
Buy and keep your special Fête des Vendanges glass around your neck and just keep on getting it filled up….and filled up……
Book your own table in advance (free) on the beach (info from town hall) and invite your friends to make a day of it with you. Take your own food and drink, BBQ, or buy food and wine from the many beach bars and restaurants.
A lively day of fun and bonhomie.