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Rose Festival on the French Riviera - ExpoRose in Grasse

May is the month of the rose and where better to celebrate this than in the world’s perfume capital, Grasse, on the French Riviera.  Every year, over a weekend in early to mid May, the city honours the rose in all its forms at a 3 day festival, ExpoRose.  This year 8500 bouquets, 13000 rose bushes and over 25000 cut roses decorated fountains, statues, shop fronts and public squares throughout Grasse.  Dance and music performances, tastings of everything rose-flavoured, along with a market selling rose-themed gifts and food, and of course rose plants of every colour and variety imaginable, complete the festival. 

ExpoRose rose festival Grasse French Riviera

Grasse, often surprisingly quiet for such a well-known and sizeable place, comes alive over this weekend, with shops and restaurants espousing the rose theme, decorating their space with petals and bouquets.  The smell in the air is amazing, as not only are there tens of thousands of roses all around but rose perfume is sprayed into the streets of the old town from overhead atomisers. 

rose perfume rose fête grasse

The rose, queen of flowers, loved for its scent and delicate beauty worldwide is the most cultivated flower on earth and this fragrance-filled event, ExpoRose, is an important annual date for rose producers and distributors.  For rose enthusiasts it’s unmissable. 

roses for sale ExpoRose Grasse

I’ve been to ExpoRose several times over the years and have put together a selection of photos from around Grasse.   As so often when writing about festivals in this area I wish there was a “scratch and sniff” option on the internet so that you could smell the perfume too.  Just try and imagine it!  I’ve said enough, let the photos do the talking.

rose fountain Grasse

perfume tree Grasse expoRose

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rose ice cream Grasse

roses in grasse fountain

roses Grasse France

flowers grasse exporose

rose perfume

rose petals

rose spray Grasse fête de la rose

roses in grasse côte dazur

rose wine grasse

roses Grasse fountain Côte dAzur

rose steps Grasse ExpoRose

Grasse is one of my favourite local towns and when it gets all dressed up to party I feel lucky to live so close.  Do you enjoy seasonal festivals like this?  

Read more about local fragrant festivals in these related posts:

Orange festival on the Côte d'Azur - la fête de l'oranger

Lemon festival on the Côte d'Azur - Menton's fête du citron


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  • Guest
    Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels Tuesday, 30 May 2017

    so pretty!

  • Guest

    Stunning! Yet another magical street festival.

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    Erin Gustafson Tuesday, 23 May 2017

    Looks beautiful and I can only imagine the fragrance! Curious - what are they fishing for in the fountain? Rose petals in the water? Thanks for sharing all this rosy loveliness with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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    Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays Sunday, 21 May 2017

    This looks amazing, it must smell pretty good too #CityTripping #FarawayFiles

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    Richard Sunday, 21 May 2017

    How is this sort of thing organised? It must take hundreds of people to arrange theses displays. Are most of them volunteers?

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    Jane @ Raincity Librarian Friday, 19 May 2017

    OH! I can't even imagine how amazing the air must smell, how incredible to be surrounded roses!!

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    Sarah Christie Friday, 19 May 2017

    Oh my this is amazing, I love all the pictures I would so love to visit to see it in real life, I bet it smells amazing x

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    Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) Friday, 19 May 2017

    I just love all the wonderful festivals you have in the south of France, Phoebe! Lemons, oranges and now roses. Just perfect. I can imagine the smell might get a bit overpowering at times but I'd really like to see this. And in Grasse too, how wonderful. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    Amanda Friday, 19 May 2017

    This has to be one of the most beautiful festivals I've ever seen! I bet it smells amazing too!

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    Katy Thursday, 18 May 2017

    Come on Phoebe, surely with all your talents you can magic a scratch and sniff computer screen?! Love this so much and so would my flower mad daughter. I am sure she would be over the moon to see this. Thanks for joining #FarawayFiles

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    Sol Solntze Wednesday, 17 May 2017

    That's so cool! I love the idea of them spraying the scent -and I agree, there should be a scratch and sniff option on the internet. The flowers are beautiful too, of course!

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    http://Cathy (Mummytravels) Tuesday, 16 May 2017

    You always seem to have the best festivals in the south of France - bright, colourful, delicious and scented. I knew of Grasse' s perfumed reputation but not about this - it certainly holds its own in the calendar. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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    Nell (PigeonPairandMe) Tuesday, 16 May 2017

    Oh the French do festivals so well! This is making me ache to visit. Tweeted, pinned and stumbled! #citytripping

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    California Globetrotter Tuesday, 16 May 2017

    OMG I'm in LOOOOVE! I love flowers and whenever there's a festival, I'm all over it! Pinnnnnned! #CityTripping

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