Aups Truffle Festival

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In addition to the regular weekly markets each Saturday in Aups, on the 4th Sunday of January, they organise an amazing black truffle festival. The programme includes a truffle market with other local produce, a truffle hunting demonstration, local families dancing in beautiful Provençal costumes,  a truffle dog competition, conferences, book signings, exhibitions around the truffle…and truffle-based menus at all the village’s restaurants!

It’s worth booking in advance as there are a lot of visitors in town, all keen to taste the ‘black gold’, these mushrooms with such a captivating flavours and aromas. In the surrounding area,  Château de Berne in Lorgues also organises a truffle festival in mid-February as does Montagnac, in the neighbouring department.

So-called for its inimitable flavour as well as for its price, the black truffle or “Tuber Melanosporum” is a mushroom which lives underground, mainly at the foot of oaks and hazelnut trees. Its black bark envelops a black and white marbled flesh. Its distinctive perfume is made up of more than 70 aromatic components. To develop, it prefers a medium altitude, a generally hot and dry climate, spring rainfalls and a shallow limestone soil. Consumed since antiquity, today it remains the quintessential star of festive menus and gastronomic meals.

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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