I know I promised you last week that I would continue the story of my visit to Beziers, but I realised that you might miss a lot of the events in this present post if I waited another week. I’ll continue with Beziers as soon as possible – I promise!!
You could be forgiven for thinking that this area falls into some Sleeping Beauty like slumber after the busy summer months. Far from it!! Fall has a lot to offer with festivals and activities all over!
The whole area is busy with the grape harvest during the month of September, and sometimes into early October. You’ll see small tractors pulling trailers that are heavily laden with grapes. People are out in the vineyards, picking grapes by hand. In other vineyards the grapes are harvested with enormous machines. Stop by any cooperative winery at this time of year, and you’ll see the grapes being delivered and tipped at the ‘quai’, where the transformation from grape to grape juice to wine starts. I wrote about the process some years ago – you can find my article here.
Music is something I enjoy a lot, so I’m very glad that the pianist Conrad Wilkinson will continue his successful series of concerts here at the abbatiale in Saint-Chinian on October 6, 2019 with a concert showcasing very gifted young musicians – watch out for tomorrow’s stars!
For lovers of Jazz, the line-up has just been announced for the Jazz festival in Conilhac Corbieres which takes place from November 2 to 30, 2019.
Fall is also the time for the harvest festivals near and far. The following list is in no particular order!
In Cessenon-sur-Orb, the Fete des Vendenges d’Antan takes place on the first weekend of October. There will be stalls with local produce, music and the traditional pressing of grapes!
In Azillanet, the Fete Paysanne d’Automne takes place over two days, October 4 and 5, 2019. It’s going to be an interesting event, with a producers market on Saturday, and lectures about different topics such as how to collect wild herbs, sustainable farming, producing your own seeds, etc. There’ll be food and music too!
The Fete de La Lucques Nouvelle at the Oulibo Cooperative in Cabezac is on October 20, 2019.
I will try to visit the Fete des Vendanges in Banyuls this year – it takes place over several days from October 9 to 13, 2019. The full programme is available from this website.
The Fete de la Chataigne in Saint-Pons de Thomieres is one of the biggest festivals in the area – this year it takes place on October 26 and 27, 2019. I’ve visited this fete many times, and have written about it here, here and here.
While I’m on the chestnut theme, the Fete du Marron et du Vin Nouveau in Olargues takes place on November 2 and 3, 2019. Although it’s a smaller fete than the one in Saint-Pons, it’s nonetheless well worthwhile a visit – the combination of roasted chestnuts and new wine is very delicious!! The program will be listed on this site shortly.
The flea markets continue in the fall, they are fewer in number than in the summer, but there are still great bargains to be had!! In Murviel les Beziers on October 20, 2019 there’ll be a big flea market, along with a market for regional produce, food stalls, and there’ll even be a concert at 11.30am!
Pezenas hosts the mega antiques market on October 13, 2019 – a great event for anyone who loves to find a special piece or keepsake! I’ve been to this event several times, and there is a post on the blog about this event here.