|Posted by holidaysinthegers on March 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM|
Yes, I know it is only 28th March, but don't let that stop you from having a party !
This weekend, it is the Festival of St Mont, a tiny village of less than 500 people about 5 minutes drive from here. As per normal, the festival centres around wine. In this case St Mont (obviously). It is a celebration of the St Mont wine a rich, fully bodied red wine produced between here are Bassoues. Most of the vineyards send their grapes to the Plaimont co-operative who produces a variety of wine, but there are a few vinyards that produce their own; notably Chateau Saint Go which produces a range of excellent wines. If you like your red wine full bodied, but not too "tannaty", you should give St Mont a try. There is also a variety of dry whites and roses ranging from the extremely mouth numbingly dry to the light and fruity. The wines of St Mont are still relatively unknown in the Uk which is a shame, but there are large showrooms in St Mont and Plaisance where you can try the full range for free.
Anyway, back to the Festival ! It is happening over the whole weekend in several locations. ST Mont and Plaisance being the largest two, but with several smaller events going on elsewhere and, in order to keep the Germdarmaires happy, there are coaches going from one site to another! There are activities, wine tastings and shows going on in various villages and, of course, there is the mandatory meal. Lunch time today it was soup, fois Gras, Grilled duck breast, apple tart, wine and coffee. All for 12E and it tasted lovely !! The meal this evening is Tapas and there is another huge meal tomorrow lunchtime in the wine cellars of St Mont. To give you an idea of size, this lunch time they served just under a 1000 meals. Tomorrow will see about double that number. This is all cooked and served by local volunteers, dressed up as monks, and characters from the middle ages. I think they will need to sleep for a week afterwards to recover.
Later this evening there is a huge open air concert in another village, Aignan, about 30mins from us with a couple of bands who started their careers locally but who now play europe wide. All free of course ! After that, it is back to Viella for the first "Bal" of the year (essentially and disco in the town hall, but the DJ is excellent). No doubt it will make for another late night. The concert doesn't start until 10:00 pm and the bal goes on until 5:00am. Mind you, I musn't forget that the clocks go forward tomorrow morning. Please don't phone me tomorrow !!
Now if you'll forgive me, I am off for a siesta !!