Our Vacation Rental Homes in Sablet, Provence

Sablet Village, Vaucluse, Provence, France
Maison des Pelerins and La Baume des Pelerins, or "les Pelerins" as we affectionately refer to our dream come true, of owning our own homes in Provence, are located in the heart of the Vaucluse. We thoroughly enjoy hearing from our guests to "les Pelerins" that they feel they are spending time in their own home in Provence. To be a part of village life, Sablet is the perfect place. "Les Pelerins" dates back to the time when the Popes administered the Catholic Church from Avignon, with a Papal Vice-Legat having a residence right here in Sablet. Our neighbor's home was the Vice-Legat's residence. Ours was one of the buildings that housed visitors and pilgrims and was connected to it, as we can see from the internal portals, and the front door of Maison des Pelerins. Hence the name - Pelerins is French for pilgrims. I hope this Blog will help you get to know Provence and live your Provencal Dream.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Strawberry Festival in Carpentras - Fete de la Fraise

It's the Strawberry time of year again. Market stalls, supermarkets will look like this - and on restaurant menus, Fraise de Carpentras will definitely be one of the desert choices ...

Fraise de Carpentras or Strawberries from Carpentras are well known and very much a favorite in Provence and throughout France. 

 As you drive through the countryside here, you will see the long dome shaped green houses that have been protecting the fruit during the cold weather.  

On the road  from Carpentras to Pernes les Fontaines, the rond point in the village of Velleron .....

You know that you are in serious Strawberry country when a nearby Rond Point (Roundabout),  displays a "geant fraise" decoration.

 Next Saturday, April 21st , the City of Carpentras (about 20 minutes drive from Sablet),  will host its annual Fete de la Fraise or Strawberry Festival.  This year's guests of honor are.... la fraise de Wepion .. Strawberries from Namur in Beligum ... accompanied by their growers!   All day long, beginning at 10am and ending at 8pm,  visitors both adults and children alike will take part in the festivities which will include ........
The parade of the Confrerie de la Fraise (Confraternity of the Strawberry), who devote themselves to the preservation of the quality of the fruit from this region....

Clowns,  make up artists and art projects for the children ...

Gastronomie .... lots of strawberry snacks, wine tasting (of course!),  and a Strawberry Tarte Competition!

Patisserie cream on a flaky crust, topped off with loads of rich red strawberries from Carpentras! Yes .. this one's a winner.  #1 

More place winners ... again from a previous year ... yum! Wish I could be there.  Does #10 look like little strawberry cornets with some kind of yummy filling? Wonder what the filling is? Perhaps cream cheese "perfumed' with local lavender honey?
Since I can't be in Provence for the Fete de la Fraise this year ... I will just have to have my own celebration with one of my favorite strawberry recipes ... Pavlova with Strawberries
like this one... this is one of my favorite and easiest recipes (and definitely make ahead friendly!)

If you are in Provence on April 21st - and would like to visit the Fete de la Fraise you can find more information at:  http://www.carpentras.fr/decouvrir-carpentras/temps-forts/fete-de-la-fraise-2012-1497.html

1 comment:

  1. Ohh, I would love to go to this festival, been reading about it for a few years now and looks like so much fun! Putting it on our to-do list and thanks for your wonderful photos :)