Dreaming of a gourmet week-end in France, if your schedule is flexible you might still be able to make it to the Journees Gourmandes (French only site) in Vaison La Romaine.
This foodie heaven takes its inspiration from markets of yesterday and traditional fall fairs.
From October 29 to November 1, 2009, the Journees Gourmandes bring together about 60 producers and exhibitors from France and other European countries selected for the authentic character of their offerings.
This year marks the 20th Edition of the event with the city of Martigny in the Lower Valais (Switzerland) as guest of honor.
Admission per person is 2,50 € (includes 1 glass of wine), Free for children under 16.
Besides the cooking demos by a number of chefs including Christophe Bonzi from Le Mesclun (pictured below) in neighboring town Seguret there are also activities for kids. On the first day they can learn how to make almond paste thanks to local bakers or the basic 'how to' make Comte cheese.
If you want to get up early on Saturday, October 31, Gilles Picard, a local guide, will take you hiking around town from 9AM to 12 Noon to learn about local plants and their use. Price is 10€but gives you Free access to the festival.
Also on Saturday, there will be a Free Wine Tasting of Vins Primeurs (10 AM to 1PM).
Now i feel like smelling romarin and thyme and a glass of Pastis.
Let me thank Debra Fioritto of Fabulous French Food for putting the Journees Gourmandes on my radar.