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.

 

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.

JULY

Every Tuesday
Castelnou
Marché pittoresque (quaint farmers’ market)

Every Tuesday
Céret
Marché artisanal (artisanal market)

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
Domaine de la Perdrix, Trouillas
Les jeudis de la Perdrix (musical apéro)

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

Every Friday
Font Romeu
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Friday
Saint Cyprien
Les Amourades (sardinade and music)

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)

Monday 6th
Banyuls sur Mer
Apéritif vigneron (aperitif at the Domaine Tambour)

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th
Baixas
Atelier tissage (2 x 3h weaving workshop)

Saturday 18th
Enveitg
Balade d’observation: l’abeille (guided bee observation)

Monday 20th
Banyuls sur Mer
Apéritif vigneron (aperitif at Dom Madeloc)

Tuesday 21st
Olette
Soirée conte et comptage (bat census and observation)

Thursday 23rd
Ur
Sortie découverte canaux d’arrosage (water resource walk)

Monday 20th
Banyuls sur Mer
Apéritif vigneron (aperitif at Domaine Berta Maillol)

Friday 31st
Saint Cyprien
Osé le rosé (dare to drink rosé – entertainment, tastings, music etc.)

AUGUST

Every Tuesday
Castelnou
Marché pittoresque (quaint farmers’ market)

Every Tuesday
Céret
Marché artisanal (artisanal market)

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
Domaine de la Perdrix, Trouillas
Les jeudis de la Perdrix (musical apéro)

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

Every Friday
Font Romeu
Marché producteur (farmers’ market)

Every Friday
Saint Cyprien
Les Amourades (sardinade and music)

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)

Friday 7th
Saint Cyprien
Osé le rosé (dare to drink rosé – entertainment, tastings, music etc.)

Friday 14th
Saint Cyprien
Osé le rosé (dare to drink rosé – entertainment, tastings, music etc.)

Saturday 15th
Boulternère

Fête de la pêche (festival of peaches)

Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd
Banyuls sur Mer
Festa major (town’s festival)

Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th
Baixas
Atelier tissage (2 x 3h weaving workshop)

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