Here are some more events, which have been added to the Upcoming Events page.
Fete du Cochon et du Terroir, Saint-Pons-de-Thomieres – 21 February 2016
Hurry up! For those of you who are reading this in time and live close enough to take advantage of it, I think you would have a good time at this annual event in Saint-Pons, which I have visited on a number of occasions, and written about previously. The format may have changed a little since my article, but I imagine that the fete will still be very enjoyable!
Escale a Sete, Sete – 22 to 28 March 2016
Once again the tall ships will be mooring up at Sete for what promises to be an amazing week, celebrating the 350 years of the port of Sete. I wrote about the tall ships in March 2014 – read the post here. You can find information about this year’s programme via this link.
Procession de la Sanch, Perpignan – 25 March 2016
Each year on Good Friday, the town of Perpignan hosts the traditional Good Friday Procession. The custom dates back 600 years, and it is a deeply moving spectacle, the only one of its kind in France.
Fete du Marbre, Caunes Minervois – 26 and 27 March 2016
The red marble from Caunes Minervois has been highly prized since Roman times. The fete du marbre is a two day event of exhibitions, markets, guided visits and demonstrations, all to do with marble. You can read my account of my last visit to the fete here.
Fete des Mille et Une Pierres, Villespassans – 15 May 2016
This fete has been running each year since 2009, in this typical Languedoc village. There’ll be an artisan market, a vide grenier (flea market), demonstrations such as sheep-shearing, as well as guided visits of the village and the surrounding countryside. The day finishes with a concert by L’Art à Tatouille, an Occitan folk group that plays great music!
Balade Gourmande en Saint-Jean-de-Minervois – 5 June 2016
For the third year running, the AOC Saint-Jean-de-Minervois is hosting a gourmet walk. I enjoyed the walk last year, perhaps you will want to give it a try this year? You’ll be able to find details on the AOC website later in the year.
Fete de la Cerise, Mons la Trivalle – 5 June 2016
This is a wonderful fete, which celebrates the bountiful cherry harvest. I’ve been to this fete numerous times over the years, and have previously written about it here. Don’t do what I did one year, and get there too late! The cherries may be sold out!
Vente de Charite, Saint-Chinian – 12 June 2016
The local Women’s International Club (WIC) will be holding its annual charity sale from 8:30 am to 13:30pm. There’ll be all kinds of goodies for sale, including secondhand clothes, books, small household appliances, bric-a-brac, jewelery – you name it! And as always there will be a plant stall too.
Tour de France 2016 – 13 and 14 July 2016
On July 13, the cyclists of the Tour de France will be racing from Carcassonne to Montpellier – you’ll be able to see the details in due course on the official website. Once again they will be passing through Saint-Chinian, making for a very exciting day!! Here’s a post from when the Tour came through Saint-Chinian a few years ago! On July 14, 2016, the Tour will go from Montpellier to Mont Ventoux. This should be an interesting stage, as the cyclists have to climb more than 1300m in altitude!
Fete de l’Ail Rose, Lautrec – 5 August 2016
This well-established fete is all about the pink garlic, for which the town of Lautrec is justly famous. I’ve visited this fete several times, and you can read about one of my visits here. The soupe a l’ail, the garlic soup which is served to all visitors, is absolutely delicious! More details can be found on the official website at http://www.ailrosedelautrec.com .
What a blast from the past here Andreas. When I clicked on the link to the previous Le Tour photos, there was Sue, I and my sister in front of our Australian flag waiting to cheer our Cadel onto his ultimate victory. The first time the tour had been to Saint Chinian, the first time an Aussie won it and we were there for the experience. Great memories.
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