This is one of our favourite events of the early summer. The tiny hamlet of Mas Rolland, where we go to buy goats’ cheese, fills its narrow streets with producers’ stalls selling chicken and pork, cooked and ready to eat for lunch straight away at the tables provided, or packed to take home and cook there, shell fish, bread, charcuterie, olive oils and tapenade, cakes, cherries, jams, honey, and of course goats cheese.
Long tables are laid out for hundreds of people to eat lunch in the sun or shade. We’d ordered the paella made by the people at Neffiès who grow saffron and spent several hours with four friends and several bottles of very good local wine enjoying our lunch, starting with a plate of charcuterie.
We were entertained by music from the jazz band Mosaïque
and after lunch an explanation of how the goats’ cheeses are made:
It was a very enjoyable way to spend Sunday!