SAVOUR THE BEST OF FRENCH HOL­I­DAY CUI­SINE IN AIX-EN-PROVENCE

World Travel Magazine - - Inspire Me Christmas With A Twist -

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.

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The Mar­ket of 13 Desserts, a tra­di­tional event in the Aix-en-provence re­gion

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