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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Merouville

Merouville

Scuba diving off the coast of the Island of Cavallo and the Lavezzi Islands will put you in the heart of a marine reserve which is ridden with "merou" or grouper in English.

Paris Cookbook Fair

Paris Cookbook Fair

From March 3 - 6th, 2011 Paris will host the Festival du Livre Culinaire or The Paris Cookbook Fair, the largest cookbook and wine book meeting in the world which draws authors, publishers and foodies from all continents.

Organic Wine Show

Organic Wine Show

The 18th edition of Millesime Bio will be held in Montpellier from 24-26 January 2011. 560 vineyards from 12 countries will be present. The show is open exclusively to wine producers who use organic grapes. In accordance with current European legislation a vineyard only qualifies after 3 years of organic farming. 

UNESCO and la Cuisine Française

UNESCO and la Cuisine Française

Just a month ago on November 16, 2010 the United Nations declared that the French meal was among the worlds most cherished cultural treasurers. You can now see The Gastronomic Meal of France on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

Le Bourriquet

Le Bourriquet

The village of Allauch, located on the outskirts of Marseille which was made famous by Marcel Pagnol in his novels turned movies « Manon des Sources » and «Jean de Florette», is hosting their tradition La Journée de l’Ane. Roughly translated it’s Donkey Day - a day when the villagers pay tribute to the animal that the ancestors most relied upon to haul water, merchandise and building supplies up the rocky slopes of the surrounding hills.