Once again the town of Tourrettes-sur-Loup will be filled with the sweet scent of violets for the annual violet festival. The festival first began in 1952 and was created to mark the end of the violet season that runs from October to March. It also helped promote local craftsmen and celebrated the arrival of the new olive oil. It has since grown in popularity and has now become a huge attraction every year.
The festival begins tomorrow and runs for the following two weekends (25th and 26th February and 4th and 5th March). There are many events planned for the celebration such as: violet infused food tastings, a flower procession, dawn serenades and a ‘Mon Selfie’ photography competition.
Saturday 25th February
9am to 5pm: Traditional Market (running for the duration of the two weekends)
10am to 12pm: Dawn serenades
10am to 12pm: Bouquet arranging classes
10am to 5pm: Free entry into the violet museum
2pm to 4pm: Free guided tours of the medieval village
8pm: Evening meal with festive ‘Brissaudo’ music performed by an orchestra and dancing
Sunday 26th February
All day: over twenty restaurants and a several boulangeries in Tourrettes-sur-Loup will be serving violet inspired food for the duration of the day.
2pm to 4pm: Folklore Group
Saturday 4th March
10am to 12pm: Children’s games (including donkey-back rides)
2pm to 4pm: Guided tour of the medieval town
8pm: Concert performed by young musicians from Tourettes-sur-Loup
Sunday 5th March
10.30am: Flower procession through the village
6pm: Photo exhibition and the announcement of the winner of the ‘Mon Selfie’ competition