July in Provence
There’s so much to discover in Provence during this month that I’m finding it difficult to choose between country drives in between full blooming lavender and sunflower fields, the Theatre festival in Avignon or Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles, or indeed the many wine festivals. I fear, with the heat, I may be more inclined towards the wine festivals. Not just because I’m soif but because they occur generally in the evenings. Any escape from the current torrid heat!
Here’s my selection of the best events this week in Provence:
Fête de la Lavande – Apt
Lavender festival- need I say more? One thing I must say though- don’t try saucisson with lavender…quel horreur!
Fête de la Figue Noir – Caromb
Figues are only just starting to appear at the markets. Celebrate the black, and some argue the most tasty variety, at Caromb.
Bastille Day! (fête Nationale)
Expect a rather large amount of fireworks all throughout France. In Provence, our special way of celebrating is to hold bull running in the streets. Be aware!
Fête du Melon et du Terroir – Pernes les Fontaines
The melons here are so sugary and lovely. Why not devote a day to it’s deliciousness?
Fete de la Lavande – Sault
Lavander festival in Sault, located right in the middle of a large lavender growing region at the foot of Mt. Ventoux. Make sure to drive around to see the gorgeous purple fields and red soil.
Fête du Miel – Goult
Last year we went to this beautiful village for the honey festival. Try honey made from all types of specific plants and even mead! It’s fascinating to see the strong differences. My favourites are miel des fleurs sauvages, miel de montagne and miel de garrigue. Robin likes the stronger varieties such as those made from chestnut and wheat.
Fête de l’Appelation AOC Ventoux – Bedoin
Celebration of the local wine appellation which, I find, makes dry and very tasty wines at the base of the famous Mt. Ventoux (windy mountain).