A Must! The Chestnut Festival in Revest-du-Bion in Provence
Last year, we enjoyed a mild autumn in Provence, which is not always the case in the South of France. The pleasant temperatures meant we could get out cycling and for long walks. It also allowed us to visit some of our favourite brocantes and the semi-annual Antiques, Art, and You fair in L’Isle sur la Sorgue.
We finally made it to the Fête de la Chataigne, a festival of all things chestnuts in Revest Du Bion. I heard about this festival a few years ago, but this was the first time we could visit and experience it ourselves. The village is beautiful and normally quiet, set high on the Albion Plateau, between Simiane La Rotonde, Banon and Sault, surrounded by lavender fields and (as the festival may suggest) forests of sweet chestnut trees. Contributor blog post by Vaucluse Dreamer.
Recipes with Chestnuts
The Revest du Bion Fête de la Châtaigne began in October 2000. For one day each year, this village in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence celebrates the chestnut harvest with an agenda focused on the seasonal bounty. Join the fun for a chance to gather chestnuts in the field or attend a mass dedicated to this dried fruit (no chestnuts are not nuts). In addition, each year there is a market with a wide variety of products made with chestnuts and local restaurants’ future chestnuts on their menus.
Revest du Bion
Between Sault and Banon, Revest du Bion is an unspoilt village straddling the Alpes de Haute Provence and the Vaucluse departments. Reasonably remote, Revest du Bion is not on typical tourist itineraries, but certainly worth a visit for the spectacular views of Mont Ventoux and the Monts d’Albion. Market day in Revest du Bion is Friday morning from 8h to 12h30 on Avenue Clemenceau near the Marie.