Behind the Scenes in Provence

Provence Confidential has been blogging about restaurant launches, cooking classes, food festivals, Provençal wines and spirits as well as tradition and folklore since 2008.

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Palais Secret

Palais Secret

Until 30 May 2010 the Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes) in Avignon is offering special tasting tours on weekends. The tour will take you to the private apartments of the Pope, inlcuding the wardrobe, the chapel and the gardens. Secret staircases will lead you from the cellar to private terraces. 

Truffle Mania

Truffle Mania

With the holiday season approaching the French start to think about acquiring the elusive truffle. We are in the heart of Black Diamond season and it is the perfect gourmet ingredient.

Provence Prestige

Provence Prestige

The 16th Annual fair opens its doors in Arles from November 26-30th, 2009 from 10 am - 8 pm daily. Discover antiques, pottery, santons, wines and find foods from local producers like goat cheese, honey, cured meats, olive oil, Camargue rice and salt. Have a look at the website to spot which of the 150 exhibitors you don’t want to miss. www.provenceprestige.com

Savon de Marseille

Savon de Marseille

Olive oil based soaps have been manufactured in Marseille since the 17th century. The city once had a monopoly in the soap making industry and supplied all of France and it’s colonies. Using local ingredients which included olive oil, salt and salicorne ashes from the Camargue, the trade grew both in Marseille and neighbouring cities.