France: Provence

Aix en Provence and Les Baux

Wines from Aix en Provence and Les Baux de Provence
By Liz Berry MW

This Guide was last updated on 16 February 2010
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Fête du Riz, Arles

A weekend devoted to rice, held each year in early to mid-September. There are gastronomic stalls in the main square, with wines and food to taste, and the excellent local rice is on sale, as well as wines, conserves and other goodies. There are also some spectacular horseback riding displays in the Roman Arena.


Fête des Olives Vertes, Mouriès

There is a Green Olive festival held the second weekend of September in Mouriès, a small village south of Saint Rémy de Provence. The freshly picked green olives take pride of place, with a competiton for the fastest olive crusher, and an opportunity to taste these crunchy fennel flavoured peppery young fruits, as well as many other stalls selling olive oil, macaroons, cheeses and other goodies. There is a procession in local costume, and, of course, a bull 'cocarde' in the bull ring, where a bull is decorated with rosettes around its horns, and the cocardiers, young men dressed in white, have to remove these rosettes without being gored in the process.

Useful information: Contact the tourist office in Mouriès on telephone 04 90 47 56 58 or Website:


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