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.

The producteurs of the P-O are a mighty talented bunch but Mother Nature’s cycles mean that January and February are not quite so bursting with terroir events as the rest of the year.

That said, there’s plenty of yummy, seasonal and local produce to be found at the weekly markets in towns and villages across the region. 

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.

February

Sunday 3rd
Tautavel
Fête des miels (honey festival)

Sunday 10th
Calces
Marché aux truffes (truffle market)

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th
Banyuls sur Mer
Fête de l’orange (orange festival)

Sunday 17th
Castelnou
Marché aux truffes (truffle market)

Sunday 17th
Le Soler
Fête du cochon (pig festival)

Sunday 24th
Cerbère
Calçotada

Sunday 24th
Ille sur Tet
Le cochon fermier en fête (pig farmers’ festival)

March

Sunday 3rd
Palau del Vidre
Calçotada

Sunday 3rd
St Jean Pla de Corts
Calçotada

Sunday 3rd
Vernet les Bains
Calçotada

Sunday 3rd
Tautavel
Fête du pain et de l’huile (bread and oil festival)

Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th
Le Boulou
Primavera Catalana (springtime festival)

Sunday 17th
Tresserre
Calçotada

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