December 2014 Newsletter

November 29th, 2014

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening (depending on what side of the globe you are)...
and Merry Christmas!!!(can you believe Christmas is almost here!)

marche au gras Here in France, we will remember the 2014 fall as one of the warmest, wettest fall ever (Meteo-France records it so far as the second warmest since 1900, after the one of 2006).

November month is now reaching its end and the usual celebrations of the new wine are making way to the hibernal traditional affairs: the "Marché de Noël" - the most famous and the oldest in France is the Strasbourg Christmas Market in Alsace -, the winter truffle markets - a traditional Périgord region occurrence usually held in different towns during one day each week starting in December and ending in early March - and, not less famed in the southwest of France the "Marché au gras".
With their weird name, "gras" in French means fat, the "Markets of …Fat" are taking place during the winter months and especially before Christmas and bring together sellers and buyers of whole ducks and geese and/or of their famous enlarged livers known as "foie gras". "Marché au gras" are a well-known tradition in the department of Gers in the southwest of France, a territory that lies in the heart of a wider region known historically as Gasconny.

... and some of December month's events (the list does not include the year round activities)

City: Agen

check mark Saint André Fest in Monflanquin
This local festival is celebrated each year since 1256 in the first Monday of December and its preceding weekend.
Animations include: farmer's market,exhibitions, activities of local associations etc.
eyecandyAddress: Monflanquin
more info

City: Albi

check mark Fashion Museum
Open from May to December the fashion museum displays the rich private collection of clothing and accessories from the eighteenth century to the 1970s.
eyecandyAddress: 17 rue de la Souque
eyecandyPhone: 33 (0)5 63 43 15 90
more info

City: Auch

check mark "Flamme de l'armagnac"
From the end of October to the around the end of January is the period of distillation of the Armagnac.
During this time many Armaganc producers hold open houses, and the towns of the Armagnac producing region of Gers deparment organize events that include Armagnac tasting, medieval festivals, cooking with Armagnac démonstrations, etc.
Many events are free.
more info

City: Bordeaux

check mark Vintage Cars Gathering
Takes place October 5, November 2 and December 7 2014 on the Hémicycle des Quinconces in the center of Bordeaux from 9am to 6 pm.
more info
check mark Saint Luce Festival of La Brède
This event takes place the second weekend of December, the closest to the December 13th, the day of St. Luce.
The festival takes place every year since...1510.
More then 200 producers and street vendors display on their stalls traditional fare like duck, foie gras, pork, oysters, truffles, caviar, fine wines, champagne and "mauguette" (local culinary specialty prized by connoisseurs)
eyecandyAddress: La Brède, Gironde
more info
check mark Pessac-Léognan Wineries Open House
The "Open House" event gives wine and history lovers the opportunity to visit the "Pessac-Léognan" appellation wine chateaux, get to know their history and taste their wine.
Dates: December 6th, 7th 2014
eyecandyAddress: Syndicat Viticole de Pessac-Léognan,
1 cours du XXX juillet
33000 Bordeaux
more info
check mark Medoc Rally
Every year since 1981 Medoc during one weekend in the month of December Medoc wine region hosts the "Medoc Rally".
eyecandyAddress: Maison du Tourisme et du vin de Pauillac, La Verrerie 33250 PAUILLAC
eyecandyPhone: +33 5 56 59 03 08
more info

City: Cahors

check mark Truffle Day in Lalbenque
From the 1st Tuesday of December until late February / early March, the Tourist Office Lalbenque, in Lot department (some 28km south of Cahors), organizes each Tuesday the Truffle Day.
The program of the day consists of:
10:00: commented slideshow abou the Truffle and the Truffle Market.
14h00: Visit of the Truffle Market (the marketis held each Tuesday also)
15:30: Breakout demos (search for truffles) with dog or pig (weather permitting).
Reservation is required.
eyecandyAddress: Tourist Office Lalbengue, place de la bascule, 46230 - LALBENQUE
eyecandyPhone: Tél. 05 65 31 50 08
more info

City: Foix

check mark "Fête du Gras" at Mazères
The festival is centered around the "foie gras" and other regional products.
Animations include choral music, "foie gras" and regional products market, "foie gras" preparation workshops, the celebration of the pig (!) etc.
Dates: December 20, 21 2014.
eyecandyAddress: Mazères, Ariege
eyecandyPhone: 05 61 69 42 04
more info

City: Perigueux

check mark Truffle Market at Sorges
All Sundays in December and January a truffle market « Marché aux Truffes contrôlés » takes place in Sorges at the "Galerie Louis PRADEL" situated on rue Paul Carreau.
eyecandyAddress: Sorges
more info

City: Sarlat

check mark Saturdays Truffle Market
During the months of December, January and February Sarlat host each Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00pm the truffle market. It is a small but interesting market to visit (and to marvel at the prices that the truffles can reach!) whose location is next to the regular open air market held each Saturday and Sunday in Sarlat main square.
eyecandyAddress: Place Boissarie, Sarlat
more info
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