New Beaujolais Festival
France is simply the best at celebrating all things good that can be eaten or drunk I say. Dedicated festivals, national occasions and celebrations keep traditions alive in France, just like the Beaujolais Nouveau Féte (New Beaujolais Festival).
Have you heard of this Festival? I have not attended this Festival nor visited vineyards in the Beaujolais region but on researching this Féte I am keen to go. Have you? The New Beaujolais Festival is celebrated throughout France on the third Thursday in November every year (that’s today folks), the date when wine-making finishes and the new wine can be sold. This fruity new wine is eagerly awaited by wine-lovers at their local store or vineyard.
There are many events that get organised in the Beaujolais area, which has numerous vineyards extending over an area of approximately 22,500 hectares. I read that celebrations often go for days… this I have to check out for myself!! “The new Beaujolais is traditionally launched in Beaujeu, where a procession of barrels filled with flaming vine shoots takes place and then when the clock strikes midnight (I love a bit of theatre and drama) the first barrels are drilled into. Producers and wine-growers then open the doors to their cellars and vaults until late at night.” france-voyage.com
Restaurants also create menus around the theme of Beaujolais, and many villages celebrate and take the opportunity to offer artisan products at their events.
So there you have it… Beaujolais Nouveau Féte. Does this make you want to invite a few friends around and enjoy a glass of wine?
Read more about the wine here; more about the region of Beaujolais here; and events and happenings in Beaujolais on the Offices de Tourisme (Offical Tourism) site. The Alliance Francaise is hosting events in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane this year.
Happy celebrating Annette xx