In the deep southwest of France, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, you’ll find Monein, a charming town full of history and character where, if you happen to be visiting this weekend, you can also sample some of the region’s gourmet delights.
Monein is at the heart of the Jurançon vineyards, with 60% of all Jurançon production coming from Monein. Some of the vineyards have been cared for by the same family for five generations so it’s the place to go if you want to meet the experts!
From May 27 to 29, head to the Halles de la Mairie where you will find the Salon du vin et de la gastronomie de Monein in full swing. For three days, producers and exhibitors from across France come together to share their products and savoir-faire at 15 wine stands and 15 food stands. Among the wine regions represented are Champagne, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Minervois, Bordeaux Crémant, and Saint-Émilion. Food producers will be showcasing such delights as sausages, cheeses, olive oils, smoked pork, vanilla, fruit vinegars… Plenty for you to work up an appetite!
The festival takes place from 5pm to 10pm on Friday, 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday at Les Halles de la Mairie de Monein.