Monday, June 18, 2012

Fête des Voisins - Fête Gourmande

This year the "La Fête des Voisins" the traditional neighborhood party was celebrated in France on the 1st of June, but our neighborhood (thank you Claude and Chrystèle for always organizing this!) decided that this weekend suited us much better. And right we were - brillant sunshine and the bluest of all Provençal skies made for a record number of attendance.
Everyone is asked to bring a few bottles, a savory dish and a dessert plus picknick tables, chairs, parasols and after first having a little apéro everyone gives a helping hand to set up the tables, chairs and - most importantly the buffet. After all, we are in France and fêtes like these always turn into gourmet feasts. Here are the highlights of this year's buffet: 

Very Provençal: Ratatouille
Slow roasted Pork shoulder with Garlic Confit

Not to be missed: Multi colored Pasta Salad

A delicious homemade Terrine 
Neighbors bonding over Picknick al fresco

Sunhats were a real necessity 

Somehow I never got around to taking pictures of all the fun and games of that afternoon: we played Boule, got to visit our newest neighbor's house, emptied lots of bottles (yes, water too...) celebrated a birthday at midnight (by then we had relocated to a neighbor's house and the birthday girl got thrown into a pool) - in short - a great time was had by all!

Still having fun late at night


  1. Oh, the life in Provence! There's a reason why French cooking is so well respected world-wide!

  2. Sounds like a good time was had by all and the food..... yum yum Diane

  3. Looks like you all had a great time! Lovely food too. Nothing could be better in life than great friends and great food! And Provence is a beautiful place to be!

  4. Sounds like you had a great time Barbara and the fool looks and sounds delish!

  5. another wonderful looking recipe, I've still the tian dish waiting for its/your recipes ingredients /:>) can't have him ;<)...& your fête des voisins looks like such fun~

  6. What a happy and delicious party Barbara, your wonderful looking food always inspire me, sunshine on a plate: )

  7. What a cheerful sunny day. It seem like every body having a good time and satisfied tummy!

    I adore your cook-book nerdy attitude, resulting in many delicious (looking) dish.

    Warm regards from Indonesia.