Thanks so much to Patricia for these fabulous photos of the festival at Sainte Lucie de Tallano. Unfortunately this year the dates fell at Easter so I was otherwise occupied, but I was quite disappointed as the last time we went we really enjoyed ourselves.
Looking at the posters for the festival, one could be forgiven for thinking that once you’ve seen one olive or bottle of olive oil, you’ve seen them all, but in fact this festival is so much more than just a little village fete.
Last year more than 8000 visitors attended which is amazing when you consider that the village has just 333 residents!! In fact, what started off as a way to celebrate (and of course publicise) the village oil, now attracts craftsmen and artisans from all over the island.
As well as being able to see the different methods of production and taste the various oils – believe it or not, there is a huge difference in taste – visitors can also try charcuterie, local cheeses (cow, sheep and goat), honey, jams, wine and even a locally distilled whisky called Altore.
Last time we came, Guillaume tried so many different things that he couldn’t eat for the rest of the day!!
These days as well as the gastronomic delights, the fayre is also open to local artisans and you can see all sorts of crafts in practice as well as being able to buy their products, so it’s a great day out.