Tourisme de Terroir

Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)

Over the centuries, French winemakers developed and took for their own the concept of terroir but the word is still often used to describe rural activities and harvest festivals. 

So If you think the end of the summer season brings a curtain down on outdoor frolics in the P-O, read on! Summer fun is fine, but autumn entertainment is awesome, winter wobbles a little, then comes spring. Fairs and festivals around the region, little and large, celebrating every imaginable ‘produit de terroir’, animal, vegetable and mineral.
Potatoes, olives, wine (bien sûr) chocolate, antiques, roast chestnuts, more wine, (bien sûr) witches, horses, foie gras, apples, encore du vin (bien sûr) ………

They might not all be a pulsing whirl of excitement – some are only small gatherings scantily attended – but it’s a great way to support the local producers, many of whom are struggling in the present economic climate.

Here are a few taking place over the coming months. Check in with any local tourist office for more detailed info and brochure….and if you know of any small fairs and festivals celebrating the land, please CONTACT US.

MAY

THROUGHOUT MAY
Across the region
Vine and Wine Festival

MONDAY 1ST
Sainte Marie la Mer
Fête de l’artichaut (artichoke festival)

MONDAY 1ST
Corneilla la Rivieère
Fête du thym (thyme festival)

SUNDAY 7TH
Prats de Mollo
Foire des éleveurs (breeders’ fair)

Tautavel
Fête du miel nouveau (honey festival)

SUNDAY 14TH
Agly Valley
Dionysiades (wine festival)

FRIDAY 19TH & SATURDAY 20TH
Perpignan (Place de la République)
Fête du pain (bread and baking festival)

SUNDAY 21ST
Perpignan (Parc Saint Vicens)
Fête de la nature (nature & biodiversity festival wit organic market)

SATURDAY 20TH & SUNDAY 21ST
Céret
Fête des cerises (cherry festival)

SUNDAY 21ST
Prats de Mollo
Fête des salades sauvages (salad festival)

THURSDAY 25TH 
St Paul de Fenouillet
Printemps des Echoppes (springtime farmers’ market)

SATURDAY 27TH
Perpignan
Fête de la vigne et du vin (wine festival)

SUNDAY 28TH
Maury
Les Amorioles (walking dégustation)

June

Every Sunday from June to September
Saillagouse
Farmer’s market

Every Tuesday from mid-June to mid-September
Castelnou
Farmer’s market in traditional wooden cabins

Saturday 3rd – Tuesday 6th
Across the region
Pique-nique chez le vigneron indépendant (bring your picnic, the vineyard provides the wine!)

Sunday 4th
Prats-de-Sournia
Balcon du Fenouillèdes (farmer’s market & vide grenier)

Friday 9th – Sunday 11th
Calces
Calcaire Festival (wine, food and music)

Saturday 17th
Perpignan (Promenade des Platanes)
Fête des fruits et légumes frais (fruit & veg)

July

Every Sunday from June to September
Saillagouse
Farmer’s market

Every Tuesday from mid-June to mid-September
Castelnou
Farmer’s market in traditional wooden cabins

Every Wednesday in July and August
Torreilles
Farmer’s market 

 

 

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