Sea Urchin Festival

Written by Provence Confidential. Posted in Tours & things to do

Sea Urchin Festival

Each year the Fete de l'Oursin (Sea Urchin Festiva) which is held the first 3 Sundays of February 2010 (7th, 14th , 21st) in the coastal town of Carry-le-Rouet, just west of Marseille, attracts several thousand visitors. The fisherman return to port with boat loads of the key attraction, sea urchins, prickly creatures which are then cut in half and eaten right away.

On the inside is a deep orange roe which is scraped out with a small spoon and eaten raw. The urchins have a sweet taste to them unlike any other seafood I've ever tasted.  During the annual sea urchin festival the little port becomes a giant open air restaurant serving not only sea urchins but other seafood like mussels, oysters and grilled fish as well as glasses of white wine. This very festive event is also known as l'Oursinade.