November in Provence
The smell of wood fires has returned to the air. The cuts of meat have completely changed at the butchers. The markets start a little later and clementines are all of a sudden in abundance. The leaves on the grapevines are a dark red and the Christmas markets (including some of my favourites) are already here!
Here is my selection of upcoming November events in the Bouches du Rhone region (and a little more) of Provence.
November Events in Provence
Foire de la Toussaint– Arles
Large market to commemorate All Saint’s Day in France. Expect to see lots and lot fo flowers in cemeteries on this traditional day to remember the dead.
Marché de Noel– Maussane-les-Alpilles
The first Christmas market of the season!
Marché Italien Portofino– Cassis
Cassis teams up with Portofino to provide locals with a wonderful slice of Italian gastronomy…yum!
Foire aux Santons et Marché de Noel– Fontvielle
Market of traditional craftsmen selling ‘santons’ or Provencal figurines meant to populate one’s family nativity scene
9h30-18h30 salle et dans les rues
Festival Vin & Chocolat– Rasteau
12-18h demonstrations and tastings of chocolate and local wine
Nimagine -Salon des Créateurs– Nimes
Le week-end de 10h à 19h
En semaine de 12h à 19h
Nocturne le vendredi jusqu’à 22h
190 artisans display their work and demonstrate their craft- great for Christmas gifts!
Fête de la Courge– Rognes
Annual gourd festival- everything to do with pumpkins and squash imaginable!
Family walk starts at 8h30 and the market starts at 10h-17h00
Otherwise, look out for the grand displays of the new bottles in your nearest local supermarket…
19 novembre-30 décembre
Foire aux santons– Aix en Provence
Tous les jours (every day) de 10h à 19h (sauf/excpet le 25 décembre)
Espace Cézanne aux Allées Provençales
Marché aux Truffes d’Hiver– Carpentras
The opening of the first Friday morning truffle market that continues throughout the winter season- this is a market for serious buyers of truffles
20 novembre-31 décembre
Marché au Santon et a la Céramique– Aubagne
As the region’s focal point of all ceramic creations, the Aubagne Christmas market includes 19 ateliers/workshops of local artisan potters
Le ban des Truffes– Richerenches
Opening of the most important truffle market in France…
Check out this wikipedia article on the Richeranches truffle market to further comprehend it’s importance. Richeranches is a bit far from anything else but it’s a lovely drive through the Drome Provencal to get there. Also, make sure to order a sneaky glass of wine in the town’s main bar which on truffle market day is bustling with locals comparing truffles and snacking on mountain cheese.
Avignon Ateliers d’Artistes
41 artists open their workshops to the public. You can wander from workshop to workshop from 10h-18h.
Salon Provence Prestige– Arles
150 stands of haut de gamme products (gastronomic and otherwise) great for Christmas gifts. I haven’t been myself- if you have, please write a comment below!
Marché de Noel Artisanal Alsace Provence– Sénas
One of my favourite Christmas markets because it’s different and you get a little taste of Germany. Click on the link to read my article where I get a little excited about smoked sausages…
Foire Gourmande au Gras– Fontvieille
Fat festival! Yes- that’s right! Producers of foie gras, confit du canard, and mountain cheeses with displays of truffles and all manner of poultry. A small repas for 13,50 euros sold on the spot. A unique market! Great fun! Click the link to check out my article on this unique market.
Foire de la Saint André– Avignon
A merchandise market with a lot of history; La Foire de la Saint André is coupled with the Avignon Christmas market to enable any visiters to Avignon maximal ambiance and shopping potential! Click here for some history on this particular market.