Endangered species: sea urchins
Not that this mattered much to me - I am no big fan of sea urchins and much prefered to try "Calamar à la Provençale" which translates as "in a spicy tomato sauce" and was delicious, as were the moules marinières, prepared al fresco with more than just a whiff of garlic or the snails - all presented in huge round pans and steaming hot....
How do you open these prickly things?
The essentials are a pair of scissors and a sturdy glove
And because a festival needs a little bit more than just good food (and great wine of course - we are in France here!) these Oursinades always start with a costume parade. These ladies wear Provençal costumes and play the typical one handed flute and their drum.
Playing flute against the cold