We are big fans of all the village fêtes here in Provence. But until recently we had never heard of the "Fête de la Véraison" that has been celebrated in Chateauneuf-du-Pape for almost 30 years now. Véraison means ripening and denotes the moments when the color of the grapes turns from green to purple. To celebrate this Chateauneuf, probably the most prestigious wine village in Provence, turns into a medieval village complete with knights and damsels, court jesters, shepherds and the plague ridden poor.
But this wouldn't be a proper village fête if you could not also find all kinds of culinary sustenance. We came home having not only tasted the wines of Chateauneuf but with wonderful breads, fresh garlic, onions and shallots, the best because almost non sugary candied fruit we have ever tasted. And truly happy to have shared this very special, joyful festival.
Truly delicious - our medieval picknick