SAVOUR THE BEST OF FRENCH HOLIDAY CUISINE IN AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Christmas cheer isn’t the only thing abound in Aix-en-provence, France - gastronomical delights also await travellers to this quaint city. Truffle season in Provence is in full swing in December, which is also the time of Provence’s annual olive oil and truffle fair. You can sample a wide variety of olive oils, as well as discover the myriad of products that are produced from olives that are unique to the Aix region, including tapenades, biscuits and gibassiés. In the week leading up to Christmas, look out for the Marché des 13 Desserts - Market of 13 Desserts - where local farmers and artisans from around the region come together to showcase some of the best French sweets traditionally enjoyed during the festive season.
The locals take their food very seriously, even more so at Christmas time, where the traditional Christmas dinner even has its own name: le gros souper. It is a meal that’s served without any meat, in accordance with the Catholic tradition, and usually consists of cod in savoury aioli sauce, spinach au gratin, and of course, finishes off with Aix’s grand spread of 13 desserts. The grand spread is usually rounded off with a choice of several locally produced wines from Aix’s surrounding wineries.
The Market of 13 Desserts, a traditional event in the Aix-en-provence region