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Armagnac Festival

Listed under Food Festivals in Midi-Pyrenees, France.

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France's oldest wine, Armagnac has been celebrated and enjoyed since the 14th century, when it was revered for its multiple, miraculous health-giving properties (imparted only through oral application, naturally).

Nobody should need such an excuse for being in the region during La Flamme de l'Armagnac festival, though; November is a deliciously mellow month amongst Gascony's golden vineyards at harvest time, and as the distillation of another year's worth of the 'velvet elixir' begins, the symbolic Armagnac Torch is carried through towns and villages, bringing a warm glow to the darkening Autumn evenings.

You'll find seasonal specialities such as roast chestnuts, orchard fruit pastries and Armagnac-marinated game dishes served everywhere, and concerts and fairs are held as well as tasting sessions at some distilleries.

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