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.

SEPTEMBER

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)

Thursday 3rd
Sahorre
Petit marché animé (nocturnal producers & artisan market)

Saturday 5th
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs du terroir

Sunday 6th
Vinça
Fête de la bole de Picolat (Catalan meatball festival)

Friday 11th
Torreilles
Apéro’Jazz (evening apéro with music)

Saturday 12th
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs du terroir

Saturday 12th
Maureillas las Illas
Balade culturelle et gourmande (guided walk with tastings)

Saturday 19th
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs du terroir

Saturday 19th
Rivesaltes
Balade de vignes en cave (guided vineyard walk and wine tasting)

Sunday 20th
Baillestavy
Fête de l’âne catalan (Catalan donkey festival)

Thursday 24th
Thuir
Atelier cocktail aux Caves Byrrh (cocktail workshop at Caves Byrrh)

Friday 25th
Perpignan
Le vin au musée (wine tasting at Musée Hyacinthe Riguad)

Friday 25th
Perpignan
Nettoyons la nature (riverbank clearing)

Friday 26th
Tautavel
Promenade géologique (guided geology walk)

Friday 27th
Cases de Pène
Balade gourmande (guided walk with tastings)

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)

Thursday 1st – Monday 5th
Parc des Expositions, Perpignan
Foire expo d’automne (autumn festival)

Saturday 3rd – Tuesday 6th
Rivesaltes
Vendanges littéraires (wine harvest and litterature)

Wednesday 7th
Saint Cyprien
Fête de la nature (nature festival)

Saturday 10th
Prieuré de Marcevol, Arbussols
Marché des brasseurs artisanaux (artisan/craft beer market)

Saturday 10th
Banyuls sur Mer
Fête des vendanges (wine harvest festival)

Sunday 11th
Castelnou
Marché du goût fermier (farmers’ market)

Wednesday 14th
Prats de Mollo
Foire d’automne (autumn fayre)

Thursday 15th
Dom Brial, Baixas
Apéritif concert (music & wine tasting)

Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th
Across the region
Fascinant Weekend (wine, walking, music etc. More info coming soon)

Thursday 15th
Saint Cyprien
Vin nouveau et castanyade (2020 harvest wine tasting and chestnut festival)

Saturday 17th
Llupia
Soirée choucroute et dansante (sauerkraut & dancing)

Thursday 22nd
Thuir
Atelier cocktail aux Caves Byrrh (cocktail workshop at Caves Byrrh)

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th
Latour de France
Festi’Trail du Vignoble (trail running & wine tasting)

Sunday 25th
Banyuls sur Mer
Castanyade (chestnut festival)

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

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