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The Olive Festival in Ollioules… in photos

Greetings dear readers and friends! Well, we are enjoying lovely, sunny weather after an unseasonably cold start to fall. The leaves are starting to change colors (so pretty!) but it’s still a great time to be outdoors – as witnessed by all the hikers, bikers, and beach fans roaming around town.

And what a nice weekend we had at the Olive Festival in Ollioules. This is another of the “highlights” or “musts” of the season. We look forward to it every year and with good reason. Besides taking place in a very picturesque, Provençal village, the festival organizers really go all out to provide a fantastic program of activities over the two days.

Making olive oil the old-fashioned way.

There is the traditional planting / blessing of an olive tree, parades, Provençal music, and stands full of everything “olive”– breads, tapenades, seasoned olives, and olive biscuits.

The mayor provides everyone with an opening “aperitif” on the first day, there is a “gastronomic” meal organized by Les Amis de l’Olivier (Friends of the Olive Tree), and an Aioli competition which pits locals against each other to see who makes the best of this traditional sauce / accompaniment to fish dishes.

Children have a chance to play with old-fashioned, wooden toys and cars of a “bygone” era and attend painting workshops.

My favorite activity from this year’s festival was seeing how olive oil is made – with the olives being pressed by a large stone wheel and then watching the oil being extracted by hand.

I hope you enjoy these photos from our visit to the festival and wishing you all a very bon-weekend!

-To learn more about the olive festival, please visit the Var West Tourism website.

 

About Tuula

I’m a 40-ish American woman & I’ve been blogging about my travels around belle Provence since moving here in 2010. You can also find my travel writing in International Living magazine, Charming Small Hotels (France), & Living France magazine. Bienvenue!

4 comments on “The Olive Festival in Ollioules… in photos

  1. ramblingtart

    What a fabulous event! Having made my own olives a couple times now, I have a great appreciation for the work that goes into making a delicious olive. 🙂

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    • Thanks Krista! I know you are very busy on the farm making all kinds of wonders, good for you 🙂 Wishing you a great day from Provence, hope all is well!

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  2. I was just in Provence and I would’ve loved to have been a part of an olive festival since I looove olives. Where exactly is
    Ollioules?

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    • Hello! Ollioules is near the coast – about 10 minutes from Sanary-sur-Mer and 15 minutes from Bandol. If you’re further inland, say near Aix-en-Provence, it will take you 40 minutes to reach the village. Hope that helps, it’s a great festival. Tuula

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