Asparagus Festival in Uzès, Vers Pont du Gard
Does it sometimes sound like I’m “ga -ga” over life in France? It’s true. In so many small ways, undoubtedly taken for granted by the natives, la vie quotedienne (daily life) in the south of France, has an irresistible pull on my heart strings.
Take, for instance, the asparagus festival (or La Fête des Asperges) that is held in Vers Pont du Gard every year in April. Dan mentioned that the local planners had set up a table and chairs in the center of the petanque square, laden with food and drink. Presumably the mayor and his cohorts were discussing the lively Saturday and Sunday festival about to unroll.
These simple and simply delicious events are a feature of nearly every small village in rural France.
Those of us who own a share of fractional holiday homes in Quarante, France, can recall the lively running of the bulls each May.
Uzes Truffle Festival
North of us, the beautiful yellow mimosa festival is honored by the hilltop town of Roquebrun. I’ve not yet enjoyed this myself, but Uzès has a January truffle festival (see blog link) as well as a donkey festival in September, around the time of our first Provence Painting class with Christian Vey.
For any of you wanting to sample this way of life for yourselves in le Muguet – or simply and deliciously enjoy this land’s bounty – I encourage you to stay at Maison de Martin in Vers Pont du Gard. Martin and Monique will greet you at their B&B and are some of the most gracious hosts in our village of Vers Pont du Gard.
Why not give them a call? See http://www.maisondemartin.com/
Traditional French Asparagus Recipe
For a twist on serving asparagus try this delicious recipe: Fresh spring asparagus sauté-ed with ginger, almonds, and garlic- yum!