The 20th annual Festival of Provençale Gastronomy will be held in Châteauneuf-le-Rouge on Sunday July 1st. The location is a beautiful little village 20 minutes southeast of Aix en Provence and all events are open to the public. Last year, more than 10,000 people attended.
This year’s guest of honor is the Michelin three-star chef Gilles Goujon, of L'Auberge du Vieux-Puits in Fontjoncouse, near Narbonne.
But plenty of other top chefs will be attending and cooking as well, including the two-star chef Christophe Bacquié (L'Hôtel du Castellet), Jonathan Wahid (L’Oustaù de Baumanière), Fanny Rey (La Place des Maisons de Baumanière), Geoffrey Poësson (La Badiane in Saint Maxime), Alexandre Mazzia (Le Ventre de l’Architecte in Marseille) and Pascal Riss (Côté Jardin in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume).
General admission to the festival is free. Tickets for sampling the chefs specialities will be 1€ and 2€ each; most dishes are 5€ or less.
In the "Chef's Village," the chefs mentioned above will be doing cooking demos. Throughout the day, there will be stands selling all sorts of other regional specialties such as wine, olive oil and sweets.
The festival begins with a ½ hour inauguration at 11 am. The stands open at 11:30 and shut down at 6 pm. A cocktail party with all the chefs will be from 6 to 7:30 pm. At 7 pm there’s a dinner prepared by some of the guest chefs.
The event is officially part of the festivities surrounding "Marseille-Provence European Capital of the Culture 2013."
For more info, call the Town Hall at 04 42 58 62 01 or check out Gastronomie Provencale on Facebook here.