The festival season is in full swing here in Provence. Last week it was figs, this week melons, and tonight Bédoin hosts the annual wine festival (a personal favorite). These are all part of the Fêtes de Terroir, a series of markets throughout Provence that began in April with the Strawberry Festival, and goes through mid-November with the Truffle Festival.
In Provence we literally celebrate everything from soup to nuts.
On Friday we drove to nearby Pernes les Fontaines for the melon festival -- what better way to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday than with fresh, ripe melons?
We love that each town takes pride in their local produce that they celebrate it with the community. People come from all around to enjoy the simple pleasure of being outdoors and savoring delicious food together.
And while the festivals are generally themed around one subject, they are also an opportunity for a wide variety of merchants to offer their goods. Along with beautiful ripe melons, there was honey, jam, soap, craft beer, and of course wine (always wine).
We can’t get enough of the summer food festivals. They are a chance for us to venture out in the Provence sun and explore. And eat, which is one of the things we have learned to do best!