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.