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.

APRIL

SUNDAY 2ND
Argelès sur
Mer
Foire des éleveurs (breeders’ fair)

SUNDAY 9TH
Arles sur Tet

Foire aux chevreaux (goat fair and local producers’ market)

SUNDAY 9TH
Sorède
Foire de l’huile d’olive (olive oil festival)

SATURDAY 29TH & SUNDAY 30TH
Vinça
L’élevage en fête (breeders’ fair)

SUNDAY 30TH
Maury
Cheese and chocolate 

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)

SUNDAY 14TH
Agly Valley
Dionysiades (wine festival)

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

Date TBC
Calce
Les caves se rebiffent (festival from the local vinyard collective)

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