Dubbed “the city of lemons”, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, celebrates annually the local product. The lemon feast is a unique event in the world, featuring giant patterns exclusively composed of citrus and floats decorated with oranges and lemons.
Since the 15th century, Chin is a major producer of lemons. Beginning of the 20th century, the Mediterranean town imposed as the leading producer on the continent. In 1929, a hotelier had the idea to organize an exhibition of flowers and citrus fruits. The success was such that the following year, party down streets with carts of shrubs planted oranges and lemons.
The versionof Carnaval in Pau (64 Pyrenees Atlantiques, Aquitaine) has a very Basque flavour..Known as Carnaval Biarnes it takes place 26 February – 8 March 2011.
The international fair of agriculture 2011 give you rendez-vous at the Porte de Versailles, in the South of Paris, 19-February 27, 2011. This exhibition fair organized annually is the largest agricultural fair France, and is a huge hit to the general public.
The international fair of agriculture, the first edition took place in 1964, became in time a popular event that exceeds and much, the only professional public: 650 000 visitors in 2010, including 93 000 professionals and more than 400,000 families.
The French do take their local cheeses very seriously – not only do they have a National Cheese Day (26 March in 2011) with events throughout France and elsewhere; but whilst the Brits have novelty Womens Institute calendars, the French produce one with 12 “Fromage” girls – and it is quite cheesy!
The next edition of the National cheese day will take place as every year on fourth Saturday of March. Many events were be organized with the cheese retailer during the days which precede, the D-day and which follow. On following Monday, March 28th will be dedicated to the children : cheese makers will go to nursery schools and primary schools to make discover unpasteurized milk cheeses which smell sweetly the soil…
The renowned Citroen 2CV is the legend of a move around the fragrance town of Grasse (Dept 06, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence) organised with the local lovers club yet attracting contributors from across Europe to sign up the “Route d’Or” (gold route) that meanders through the mimosa-clad hillsides of Provence at the end of February when you can anticipate sunlit weather nearly all year.
The particular rally occurs on the weekend break of 26-27 Feb . 2011.
For more info see http://www.azur2cv.org/ (in French)
Official Tourist Office for Grasse Click Here
Bordeaux (33 Gironde, Aquitaine) holds its Carnaval des 2 rives (2 river banks) from 21 Feb – 6 March 2011 with the climax being on the last day with a grand procession. For 2011 the theme is the Outre-mers (overseas) – i.e the French overseas territories, featuring tumblers, burning effigies, big drums (Gwoka), clay men, red devils and other hullabalou from places such as Martinique, Réunion, and Guadeloupe. Many of the workshops preparing the floats and costumes are open to the public from 21 February.
The town of Mandelieu-la-Napoule (06 Cote d’Azur. Provence) hosts an annual Fete du Mimosa each February (18-27 February 2011) which brightens the soul after Winter and offers the promise of summer to come.
Paris holds its Carnaval late in the season – 6 March 2011 with a procession through the heart of the city from Place Gambetta to the rue de Rivoli and the Place de l’Hotel de Ville which takes from lunchtime to early evening.
Aslo known as the Promenade du Boeuf Gras (procession of fatted cows!) there will be many colourful floats, costumes and masks, accompanied by music and dancing. For 2011 the theme is “Flowers” (la ronde des Fleurs)
Although Toulouse (31 Haut-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees) is often referred to as the “Pink City” it also has a claim to be called the “Violet City” as every winter the city celebrates the Violette de Toulouse.The Fete de la Violette Festival takes place on the weekend of 5-6 February 2011. in the Place du Capitole.
Through an exceptional selection of eight hundred works exhibition opening of the Centre Pompidou-Metz queries the notion of masterpiece, its history and its topicality. Due to its great success, the exhibition “Masterpieces.” continues in its entirety to 17 January 2011.