Fête des vendanges de Montmartre
The French love ‘fêtes’. Literally, they’ll ‘fête’ anything. If you’re lucky enough to share your first name with a Saint, the Catholic calendar will have already allocated an annual day of celebration to you and your fellow namesakes. Fêtes are an excuse to throw a party and to legitimately get pissed all day.
The third most frequented cultural event in Paris, just after the all night party ‘Nuit Blanche’ and ‘Paris Plage‘ (a temporary beach installed on the banks Seine during the summer months ) is the ‘Fêtes des Vendages de Montmartre’ which honors the Parisian wine harvest, which you probably didn’t think existed, but does.
Over the course of four days, this year over 500,000 people ascended the Butte, to enjoy music, activities, to drink cheap wine (between 2€ and 6€ a glass) and to try traditional french delicacies, overlooking one of the most spectacular views of Paris. Stalls proposing various specialities from various regions of France aline the area around the Basilica de Sacré Coeur – from oysters to spit-roasted pig, saucisson to acras and even (surprisingly successful) snails.