December 2017 Newsletter

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December 4th, 2017

Bonjour ou bonsoir chers amis,

With the flurry of summer and early fall events wound down, the months of October and November are by tradition the time for (indoor) celebration of the new wine - loosely called "Beaujolais"in the east of France and "Primeur" in the west - and of the famous French gastronomy in preparation for the feasts of the year end.
Among the events that took place in the months of October and November in the south west of France:

Gaillac Wine, France"Gaillac Primeur" - is the festival of the new wine in the wine region of Gaillac, situated between the cities of Toulouse and Albi in the south west France
Gaillac Primeur Festival
Gers Gastronomy Festival, France"Gasconh'à Table" – "Gastronomy and Traditions" Festival of Gers held in the little town of Samatan, in the historic region of Gascony.
Gascony traditional dances
Verfeuil Fig Tree Festival"Fig Tree Festival of Verfeil" is held each year in the little town of Verfeil. It celebrates the tree and the fruit that saved the village from famine in the Middle Ages.
Verfeuil Fig Tree Festival
But the most important news of all is the arrival of the Chistmas season. France's festive season starts on November 25, the day of Saint Catherine, and runs through the four weeks of Advent up to Christmas, then all the way to Epiphany on January 6. Even tiny villages organize during this period Christmas markets which are complemented by concerts, festivals and other special events.
Toulouse Christmas Market
Toulouse Christmas Market

Some December 2017 events in the southwest of France:

City: Agen

check mark Saint André Fest in Monflanquin

City: Albi

check mark Fashion Museum
check mark Pipe Organ Concerts

City: Auch

check mark "Flamme de l'armagnac"
check mark "Pacherenc du Vic Bilh de la Saint-Sylvestre" wine celebration
check mark "Les marchés au gras du Gers"

City: Bordeaux

check mark Saint Luce Festival of La Brède
check mark Pessac-Léognan Wineries Open House
check mark Medoc Rally

City: Cahors

check mark Truffle Day in Lalbenque

City: Foix

check mark "Fête du Gras" in Mazères

City: Perigueux

check mark "Thursdays at the Museum" - Lunch Time Visit of Périgueux Museum
check mark Truffle Market at Sorges

City: Sarlat

check mark Saturdays Truffle Market
"Si l'hiver est froid et rigoureux, Ton ventre à la table, ton dos au feu" French Proverb
A bientôt,

Southwest Story

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