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La Soirée Casot, Estagel
La Soirée Casots
Casot (ka-zow) is the French pronunciation of the original Catalan word for the small cabins, often built of stone, that can be found across the P-O. The Catalan dictionary defines a casot as a small and uncomfortable abode but their cultural importance, not to mention charm, has led to many being done up, refurbished and protected as heritage sites.
Each year, the Avin d’Estagel association, hosts a festival celebrating both these tiny dwellings, and the fantastic wine that is produced around them. La soirée castots brings together nine local vineyards for an evening of heritage discovery and tasting.The evening kicks off at 5pm with a leisurely stroll (1h30) from casot to casot, soaking up the history and enjoying the magnificent scenery.
Then at 7pm, it’s down to business with a communal apéritif. There will be a display of traditional horse-drawn ploughing and a tombola.
Participants will then be taken by bus to the Chapelle Saint Vincent for a gourmet meal, specially prepared by Gilles Bascou from the Loges du Jardin d’Aymerich in Claira, with musical accompaniment from Trio Couleur Café.