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.

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s not only Santa’s elves who are busy… the P-O is still a beautiful, thriving hive of productivity too! Below is a list of various terroir events taking place across the region. Check in with local tourist offices for more detailed info and brochure….and if you know of any small fairs and festivals celebrating the land, please CONTACT US.


Check out our list of Christmas markets, where you’ll find plenty of local produce as well as great gift ideas.

Sunday 2nd

Foire au gras (Foie gras festival)

Sunday 9th

Marché de Noël 100% Producteurs fermiers et artisanals (100% farm and artisan Christmas market)

Thursday 13th
Saint Cyprien
Les Irréductible (gourmet apéro with music)

Sunday 16th
Foire au gras (Foie gras festival)

Sunday 16th
Villefranche de Conflent
Marché aux truffes (truffle market)

Saturday 29th
Marché aux truffes (truffle market)

Sunday 30th
Foire de la Saint André (producers’ market)

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