The online ticket sales for this world renowned music festival which runs from July 5 - 25, 2011 open at NOON (French time) on January 28th , 2011 www.festival-aix.com.
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Independant winegrowers from the Bouches du Rhones, Var, Vaucluse, Alps de Haute Provence and Corsica will be exhibiting their wine in Marseilles on February 7 and 8th at the Pharo http://palaisdupharo.marseille.fr.
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.
The Domaine de Beaurenard (www.beaurenard.fr) which had been a family run estate for 8 generations is holding an open house this weekend. In addition to visiting the wine cellars and taking part in a wine tasting you can also sign up for a visit of the grounds with one of the Coulon Family members.
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.
If you have always wanted to have your own truffle reserve here is your chance - and it's hassle free. The Martino family have been working with INRA The French National Institute of Agricultural Research (www.international.inra.fr) to perfect growing techniques.
My friend, Jill Steenhuis, an Atlanta native, who has lived in Aix-en-Provence for 30 years, is on her way to Jackson, Dallas, Houston, Austin and Atlanta for a few shows. Have a look at her website to view the locations and times of each exhibit: www.jillsteenhuis.com In 1980 it was Cézanne’s Mont Sainte Victoire paintings that inspired Jill to go to France. And she's been painting Provencal scenes and teaching ever since.
Corsica, the Var and the Ardeche have the largest production of sweet chestnuts in France. The chestnuts can be ground into flour and used in the preparation of local specialties. Historically not all regions of France had access to wheat flour so the chestnut was one of the few sources of carbohydrates.
Just above Nice, in the village of Saint Jeannet, vines have been grown for centuries. It is believed the purpose of planting vines was initially to stop rockslides and mudslides. The Vignoble des Hautes Collines, the oldest vineyard in the Cote d’Azur, has lovely silvery olive trees and ancient Cyprus trees overlooking the valley below.