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.

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Check in with local tourist offices for more detailed info… and if you know of any small fairs and festivals celebrating the land, please CONTACT US.

OCTOBER

Every Tuesday
Castelnou
Marché pittoresque (quaint farmers’ market)

Every Tuesday
Céret
Marché artisanal (artisanal market)

Every Wednesday
Banyuls sur Mer
Balade vigneronne (guided walk through vines with tasting)

Every Wednesday
Eyne
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Wednesday
Odeillo (Font Romeu)
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Wednesday
Oms
Le casse-croûte du Mas Cané (farm visit and lunch made from farm produce)

Every Thursday
Le Boulou
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Thursday
Perpignan (Place de Belgique)
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Friday
Collioure-Banyuls
Formule oenotourisme (guided vineyard walk with tasting)

Every Friday
Font Romeu
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Saturday
Céret
Marché des producteurs (farmers’ market)

Every Saturday
Formiguères
Marché des producteurs (farmers’ market)

Every Saturday
Ille sur Tet
Marché des producteurs (farmers’ market)

Every Sunday
Le Boulou
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Monday 26th – Thursday 29th
Quartier nord, Perpignan
Collecte de sang gastronome (if you are eligible to give blood, you can also enjoy a tasty gourmet snack)

Friday 30th
Elne
Castanyade (chestnut festival)

Saturday 24th
Canet
Vin et chocolat – visite guidée (guided visit with wine & choclate tasting)

Saturday 31st CANCELLED
Céret
Grande foire annuelle (annual autumn fair)

NOVEMBER

Every Tuesday
Castelnou
Marché pittoresque (quaint farmers’ market)

Every Tuesday
Céret
Marché artisanal (artisanal market)

Every Wednesday
Banyuls sur Mer
Balade vigneronne (guided walk through vines with tasting)

Every Wednesday
Eyne
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Wednesday
Odeillo (Font Romeu)
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Wednesday
Oms
Le casse-croûte du Mas Cané (farm visit and lunch made from farm produce)

Every Thursday
Le Boulou
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Thursday
Perpignan (Place de Belgique)
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Friday
Collioure-Banyuls
Formule oenotourisme (guided vineyard walk with tasting)

Every Friday
Font Romeu
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Saturday
Céret
Marché des producteurs (farmers’ market)

Every Saturday
Formiguères
Marché des producteurs (farmers’ market)

Every Saturday
Ille sur Tet
Marché des producteurs (farmers’ market)

Every Sunday
Le Boulou
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Saturday 7th
Site Ruscino, Perpignan
Atlier oeno-archéologie (archeological workshop on winemaking in ancient times)

Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th
Canet en Roussillon
Salon du chocolat et de l’Artisanat gourmand (chocolate and sweet treats exhibition)

Sunday 8th
Latour de France
Portes ouvertes chez les vignerons (wine tasting festival in the street)

Sunday 8th
Prades
Foire plantes et nature (flower and plant market)

Sunday 8th
Rivesaltes
Saveurs authenthiques (local produce market)

Wednesday 11th
Le Soler
Foire au gras (foie gras market)

Friday 13th
Thuir
Balade culturelle et gourmande (guided visit of Thuir with tastings)

Thursday 19th
Céret
Soirée vin nouveau et Muscat de Noël (2020 wines and Christmas Muscat)

Thursday 19th
Saint Cyprien
Muscat de Noël (Christmas Muscat)

Saturday 21st
L’Archipel, Perpignan
Rooftop vins et paysages (wine tasting and poetry reading from the top floor of the theatre)

Sunday 22nd
Prades
Foire au gras et aux volailles festives (Christmas foie gras and poultry market)

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th
Perpignan
Salon du chocolat et de la gourmandise (chocolate and sweet fayre)

Sunday 29th
Sorède
Marché de Noël (Christmas market)

DECEMBER

Every Tuesday
Castelnou
Marché pittoresque (quaint farmers’ market)

Every Tuesday
Céret
Marché artisanal (artisanal market)

Every Wednesday
Banyuls sur Mer
Balade vigneronne (guided walk through vines with tasting)

Every Wednesday
Eyne
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Wednesday
Odeillo (Font Romeu)
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Wednesday
Oms
Le casse-croûte du Mas Cané (farm visit and lunch made from farm produce)

Every Thursday
Le Boulou
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Thursday
Perpignan (Place de Belgique)
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Friday
Collioure-Banyuls
Formule oenotourisme (guided vineyard walk with tasting)

Every Friday
Font Romeu
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Saturday
Céret
Marché des producteurs (farmers’ market)

Every Saturday
Formiguères
Marché des producteurs (farmers’ market)

Every Saturday
Ille sur Tet
Marché des producteurs (farmers’ market)

Every Sunday
Le Boulou
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Friday 11th
Ille sur Têt
Marché de Noël (nocturnal Christmas market)

Sunday 6th
Thuir
Foire au gras et aux volailles festives (Christmas foie gras and poultry market)

Sunday 13th
Castelnou
Marché de Noël des producteurs (Christmas produce market)

Sunday 20th
Céret
Foire au gras et aux volailles festives (Christmas foie gras and poultry market)

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