Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Week 35 2017


This weekend Castillon chateaux open their doors and invite you in for a weekend of wine tasting and chateau exploring.  There are 15 chateaux welcoming you and as well as the wines there are art exhibitions, live music and food options and a great Sunday lunch event at Chateau Pitray with jazz, and many of the Castillon wines there for the tasting.

See below for full details.

Some of the chateaux speak English, I know for sure the charming Robert Brimfield at Clos Vieux Rochers is British and there's bound to be English at Chateau la Clariere Laithwaite.  If you know of any other who speak English, please don't hesitate to add a note to the end of the Newsletter in the comments.

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time.

Best wishes,

Week 35 2017

Monday 28 August

Tuesday 29 August

29 August : Night market in Eymet

Wednesday 30 August

30 August 30 September : Exhibition 'Elles' in Ste Foy la Grande.  Vernisage 9 September

30 August : Last chance to take a walk from Berticot.

30 August : Lamonzie St Martin night market

Thursday 31 August

31 August : L'apero Fronsac at the Maison du Vins in Fronsac. Taste wines, eat and listen to live music.

31 August : Night markets at Terrasse François Mitterand, Sainte-Foy-La-Grande and Les Jeudis Gourmands, Eymet

Friday 1 September 

1 September : Villefranche de Lonchat night market - I think???

1 - 2 - 3 September : Festival de Theatre at Chateau de Crain in Baron. Open air theatre, 3 days, 3
performances.  All welcome.

 1 - 2 - 3 Septembre : Ouvre la Voix in and around Sauveterre.  Celebrate Food, Wine, Music and Bikes, see the full programme here.

1 - 2 - 3 September : Moulon en Fetes. Friday Night dinner dance, Saturday, petanque competition
and night time Ball followed by fireworks.  Sunday vide grenier and soiree tapas!

1- 17 September : La Fete a Leo in St Emilion.

Saturday 2 September

2 September : Something for the children before it's back to school in Levignac.  Free entry.


2 September 17h45 : Evening ramble and meal in Echourgnac.

2 September : Marche Nocturne in Espiet

2 September : Marche Nocturne in Les Peintures

2 - 3 September : Portes Ouvertes in Castillon Cotes du Bordeaux.

2 - 3 September : Art Exhibition at Chateau Perreau Bel Air as part of Castillon Portes Ouvertes.

Sunday 3 September

3 September : Brocante Vide Grenier in Blasimon

3 September : Vide grenier brocante at Lamonzie Saint Martin.

3 September : Vide Grenier in Pomerol

3 September : Brocante et Marche des puces in Lussac

3 September : Vide Grenier in Moulon

3 September 10h : Trail de Coeur de Bastide.  Walking, Rambling or running, you set the pace.
Starting in Ste Foy.  Find out more here

3 September :  VTT - Cross Country - Bike tracks for one day only.  Something for all capabilities, all off road.  Starting from Mouliets et Villemartin stadium.  Find out more here

3 September : Marche gourmand at Chateau Pitray. Activities for all, wine tasting, cooking demo and live Jazz in the beautiful setting of the park at Pitray.

Coming up...

And finally... a cautionary story from a wise reader, thank you PL.

As the fig season is upon us you may or may not know about figs and fig wasps. I did not know that a fig is not a fruit but a flower which is pollinated by a wasp which crawls in and gets stuck and therefore there is a good chance that eating a fig means you are eating a wasp or bits of one. Commercially cultivated figs apparently do not need a fig wasp but a wild fig does. 

So, approach a fig with care - they are delicious though, and this year we have had a bumper crop. 

Fresh and dried figs from the garden

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