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Mourjou Chestnut Festival

Listed under Food Festivals in Midi-Pyrenees, France.

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The village of Mourjou en Chataigneraie takes its Autumn harvest of chestnuts and apples very seriously, since so many traditional harvests such as these have been ousted from the region by more lucrative, modern farming methods. In preserving its heritage via the annual October ‘Foire a la Chataigne', Mourjou has created a splendid event, which has begun to tempt visitors from all over Europe.

The apples are chiefly made into cider, which is liberally imbibed throughout the two-day fair as an accompaniment to various types of local chestnutty delights, such as breads, pastries, desserts, honey, preserves and pickles, which can all be purchased at the market alongside gifts, sculptures and furniture made of chestnut wood. You can even join in with the chestnut harvest if you wish – or just grab a bag of simple roast chestnuts and enjoy them whilst watching the street performers and live music acts.

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