Céret Cherry Festival

Banda - Céret Cherry Festival
Banda – Céret Cherry Festival

The historic town of Céret – population around 7,500 – is situated in the department of Pyrénées-Orientales the southwest France, near the Franco-Spanish border.
Referred sometimes as the “Mecca of Cubism” due to the residence in the town at the beginning of the 20th century of several cubist painters like Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso the town has also an important Modern Art Museum founded in 1950 by Pierre Brune and Frank Burty Haviland with the help of their friends Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
Beside the art Céret is also famous for its… cherries.
Since 1850 Céret is one of the first communes of France to produce the cherries of the year. Situated on the banks of the river Tech and surrounded by the Pyrenean foothills the town and its region enjoy a microclimate with cool nights and sunny days with little wind very favorable to cherry growing.
By the tradition established in 1932 the first cherries picked at Céret are sent to the President of France: this year François Hollande received them on the 28th of April.
Each year the town celebrates its most famous fruit with a Cherry Festival held usually during the third weekend of May; a time of street music and dancing, farmer’s market, entrance free exhibitions and everything…cherries!

Below some mages from the 2017 edition of the Cherry Festival of Céret.

Cherry Festival of Céret
Cherry Festival of Céret
During the festival the cherry growers sell their crop in a merry ambiance
During the festival the cherry growers sell their crop in a merry ambiance
Banda playing on the street of Céret
Banda playing on the street of Céret
Cherry flavored beer (it's good!!!) with cheeky label
Cherry flavored beer (it’s good!!!) with cheeky label
Banda playing on the street of Céret
Banda playing on the street of Céret

Young banda player
Young banda player
The old bridge of Céret over Tech River was built in the 14th century and is called "Pont du Diable"!
The old bridge of Céret over Tech River was built in the 14th century and is called “Pont du Diable”!
Cherries, cherries, cherries (the Céret old bridge representation)
Cherries, cherries, cherries (the Céret old bridge representation)
The "Porte de France" town gateway was built in the 14th century. The building topping it dates from the 19th century.
The “Porte de France” town gateway was built in the 14th century. The building topping it dates from the 19th century.
Céret Cherry Festival is held each year in May
Céret Cherry Festival is held each year in May
View from Céret of Canigou Mountain - the sacred mountain of Catalonia
View from Céret of Canigou Mountain – the sacred mountain of Catalonia
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