Friday, June 22, 2012

Provençale Food Festival Sunday July 1st

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


  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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  2. Wish I could be there right now...and for this festival. Please, Jules, have a glass (or three) of rosé for me. x e

  3. I, too, wish I could be there in Summer. Have had the privilege and pleasure of visiting Provence twice, in Fall and Winter. I'll definitely be back, next time to embrace the light of Summer.
    Ernie Malik

  4. Beautiful post...looks like so much fun! The rosé looks fantastic! Next year!

    If anyone's going to be in Santa Barbara mid-July see my post today re great wine festival on the beach + discount tickets!

    Julie, do you ever get away? You are so ardently dedicated!