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Violet festival in Tourrettes-sur-Loup

Copyright Liz WestOnce 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: Mass

10.30am: Flower procession through the village

6pm: Photo exhibition and the announcement of the winner of the ‘Mon Selfie’ competition


Mia Colleran