Octobre en Provence
With the grape harvest mostly done, locals are concentrating on the olive harvest this month. You’ll drive by olive groves and see wooden ladders hidden among the trees. Furthermore, the olives vertes cassées made by many people still at home have appeared in supermarkets and every store. This month we’re celebrating the arrival of squash and the beginning of the soup season. The weekly markets are slowing down, but there’s still plenty to see and do in Provence. Here is my list of the most interesting October Events in Provence:
Parcours de l’Art – Avignon
Contemporary artists all throughout Avignon open their ateliers/workshops and galleries to the public. Walk around Avignon and admire the art. Get a map from the tourist office.
Fête des Vendanges – Tarascon
Market Celebrating the end of the grape harvest and the beginning of fermentation.
Fête de la Courge – Lauris
Fête de la Courge – Rians
This is the best gourd festival I’ve been to here in Provence. There’s provencal beef stew with squash cooking in enormous pots, pottery demonstrations, candy with pumpkin flavours and everything you can imagine to do with gourds!
Fête de l’Olivier – Cucuron
50 stalls, including 13 olive oil producers, showcasing the best of the olive world.
Fiesta des Suds – Marseille
Large Music and Cultural Festival in Marseille with many performing artists. Click the link for tickets.
Journées Gourmandes –Vaison la Romaine
This is an indoor gourmet market where you’ll find specialty products from the region. Anything from wine to apricot compote to chocolate. Ladies, last year I was treated to free wine tastings by a coop run by young generations taking over family vineyards in the area. Cute French men serving wine alert!! Have Caution!
Pelerinage des Saintes Maries – Saintes Maries de la Mer
This is an enormous pilgrimage made more than once a year. Gypsies from all around the world descend upon this small town. Locals take advantage of the festival to drink a rather lot of rosé and eat together in the public square. Fantastic ambiance. Book a hotel room- you’ll be drinking a lot!
Festival des Soupes – Vaison (et environs)
It doesn’t get more country than this. For most of the month, in various villages in the Vaucluse, there are soup competitions held in the evenings. Taste the local’s versions of all kinds of flavours to celebrate the harvest. If you dare, enter yourself- you might even win…
Have you been to any of these October events in Provence? What soup recipe would you cook if you had to compete?