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The Village Festival

Laura, Naths Mom and Nath at the Fête

Laura, Nath's Mom and Nath at the Fête

On our first night in Le Brusquet, Nath’s mom said she had a surprise for us.  That night, we would go to the Fête de Le Brusquet, a summer festival with food and music that is considered the village’s biggest event of the year.

We arrived and sat at the senior table, sharing with them our bread, wine and  soupe au pistou, a quintessential Provençal soup made with tomatoes and basil.  There was merry singing, locking of arms and table dancing, and we got to talk to one of the village residents, who proudly told us she had a Learn English CD that she listened to every single day.

Once we stuffed ourselves, DJ Sylvanni–supposedly VERY famous around these parts–set up his stage with tons of equipment and four live dancers (who did costume changes and all) and started the party.  Men and women, young and old, the whole village took over the main square, dancing and singing to pop French songs, French 80s music and even some American hits.  It did not take long before Nath, her mom, Laura and I joined the crowd.  Nath started doing some pretty weird moves, which she claimed was Tecktonik, a very famous dance.  I was at a loss, but decided, what the heck, I would continue my bad dancing amidst the equally bad dancers that are the white peeps of France.

The fête lasted four days with such exciting events as the boule competition (the French version of bocce ball)  and the pig race.  The festivities ended on Monday, culminating in the “throwing a raw egg and having your partner catch it” game  and ending with a tournament of cards.

After two nights of tolerating horribly loud techno being played by DJ Sylvanni at the festival (Nath’s mom’s house is on the main road, next to the square), we were happy to get a quiet evening on Monday night, when the only thing going on was several tables of people participating in the card playing tournament.

Dinner at the Fête de La Brusquet

Dinner at the Fête de Le Brusquet

Soup au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

DJ Sylvanni Turns the Village Square into a Dance Floor

Villagers Wait for Pigs to Cross the Finish Line

Villagers Wait for Pigs to Cross the Finish Line

Pig Race

Raw Egg Throwing Competition

Raw Egg Throwing Competition

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One Response

  1. oh my, it’s even funnier the second time around…

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