Winemakers’ Fête

by M. L. Longworth

Parade with participants in traditional dress

 

The 2013 Bandol harvest is quickly approaching, and the last Sunday of August is traditionally reserved for the winemakers’ fête, with a parade, music, and wine tastings in La Cadière d’Azur.

 

I love this detail of the woman’s skirt and apron, and her Provençal shawl.

dancing…

 

Dancing to a pipe band with accordion…notice their full skirts and clogs (sabots). The skirts are quilted; called boutis in Provençal. Below is a close-up:

This was a huge quilt; the woman who made it told me she could never sell it, or even give it a price. It took her three years to make, five hours a day. She doesn’t use a quilting frame, but sews on her knees.

Boutis for baby…

 

Dancers in action…

 

Close-up of the boutis skirts and wonderful cotton hand-printed shawls.

 

close-up of the clogs.

 

The butcher shop, open for business, even though it was a Sunday afternoon. He and his sister were busy selling plates of sausage and paté, a very good choice while wine tasting Bandol’s reds…

 

Wrapping a pole with colored ribbons, for the parade.

 

A fanfare (brass band). The villages are so small around here, it always amazes us that so many locals are talented musicians, too…

 

Part of the horn section gets down, literally…

 

Tattoos, too, if you’re interested.

 

A pretty village house with what looks like a bar on either side of the front door; at least it’s perfect height for setting down a wine glass, although no-one did.

 

 

On our way home: this boy, bored by the music and dancing, got out his book and began to read. Hoorah! some kids still read novels!