Around mid October for the past seven years I’ve noticed modest hand-written little signs here and there announcing the fête de la courge in a nearby village. And for six of those seven years I’ve thought we ought to see what it was all about but the date always passed and somehow we never made it. This year however….drumroll….we made it to the “Squash Fair”! Yes, that is what the “fête de la courge” translates as. A courge is a squash, so the fair celebrates the whole spectrum of different squashes, from gourdes to enormous marrows taking in a lot of big fat orange pumpkins.
In its tenth year this year, the fête is the biggest autumn fair in the locality, attracting some ten thousand visitors and involving two tonnes of pumpkins and 1000 litres of soup! Amongst the stalls selling all manner of things orange were pumpkin carving workshops and face-painting for children. The setting is hard to beat – the pretty medieval village of Châteauneuf – and my whole family, including grandparents, enjoyed an original and slightly amusing Sunday morning out. We bought a great big pumpkin to carve for Halloween and best of all, a bag of ready chopped butternut squash chunks from a green-haired lady with an orange minimoke!