Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Week 26 2019

St Jean be Blaignac
It’s June and the Marche Nocturne (Night Market) season is starting.  But what is a Night Market?  It’s certainly nothing like a farmer’s market.  Think of it as an open air food hall with added entertainment.  There are long communal benches in the centre and all around local food producers, restaurateurs and caterers have stands selling their produce – it’s like street food I guess, but with the added comfort of somewhere to sit.
How does it work?  You choose what you’d like to eat, buy it from the stand and take it back to the table to eat and share.  So, you can buy your bread from the baker, your wine from a local vineyard and choose whatever else you like the look of, perhaps a plate of charcuterie, a duck breast cooked on the wood from old vines, moules frites or an omelette with cepes.  You just never know what you might find…

Whenever we go, we like to be a little prepared, so, we have a ‘Night Market Kit’!  In my basket I have sharp knives and forks.  The cutlery provided can often be plastic, which can make a steak hard work… I also add wine glasses, a bottle of water and serviettes.  We have a tablecloth too, just for fun – and once I saw a group with a candelabra! 
There’s a page on the newsletter, (under construction!) specifically for the night markets – it’s an easily updated work in progress, so if your village or town is having a night market, or you’d like to recommend one, please let me know and I can include it.
Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time.

Best wishes,

Week 26

Monday 24th June

Tuesday 25th June

Wednesday 26th June

Thursday 27th June

Friday 28th June

Saturday 29th June

Sunday 30th June

Coming up...

And finally...

It's going to be a hot one...

And don't forget to close your shutters against the heat of the sun.  It's the only way.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Week 25 2019

Hello !

Coming up at on 21 June is the Fete de la Music traditionally held in France on midsummer’s day.  It all began in 1982 when the then Minister of Culture Jack Lang decided to revive the pagan Festival of St Jean.  He invited musicians from all walks of life to join together and give free concerts.  Over 30 years later the event has spread throughout the world.
This year 21 falls on Friday and so there are Fete de la Music celebrations spreading through to the weekend.
There will be a concert near you to enjoy this coming weekend - enjoy!
Whatever you do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a good time.
Best wishes,

Week 25 

Monday 17 June

Tuesday 18 June

Wednesday 19 June

La Breche cinema in Ste Foy la Grande
Thursday 20 June

Friday 21 June

Saturday 22 June

22 June - Night market in St Seurin de Prats

Sunday 23 June

Coming up...

And finally...

There was something sheepish going on in Gensac last weekend!