Téléthon en Provence
Last weekend was the annual Téléthon in France. Since 1987, the nation-wide television marathon raises money for rare diseases with a particular focus on muscular dystrophy. We were lucky to be in one of the six “ambassador villages” of France. Maussane-les-Alpilles, our new home, was the village to donate the most in the region so the musical events and especially the amazing boeuf gardian meal was televised. Sadly, we had intermittent rain; however, that certainly didn’t stop us! It seemed like just about everyone was there. There was traditional dancing and costumes, the local firefighters and cadets showed off their talents, live music, and of course lots of food and wine!
So far, 80,25 million euros has been raised for the event. Provence was well represented by gastronomy as Maussane-Les-Alpilles held Pistou Soup demonstrations, Aioli competitions, and Avignon sold 30,000 faugasse breads! The local olive mill has created a special blend for the event that can be bought all over the village (the local bakeries included of course).
Soupe au Pistou