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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Chedigny: after 15 years of the blues a move to food – 'repas paysan'

Poster for the last annual blues festival in Chedigny: 2012 

Over the last 37 years the pretty village of Chedigny in the Valley of the Indrois has established a very strong tradition of an annual festival in August. When we first arrived in the area, now 26 years ago, they staged a series of plays that covered France's revolutionary period. Then when the late bluesman Big Joe Turner bought a house in the village, they started the annual blues festival. This lasted 15 years through to last year.

Now from a report in La Nouvelle République this year's festival (Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd August) will celebrate le repas paysan offering 'au menu, entre autres, des rillettes sur pain grillé, du canard en gelée, de la soupe d'ortie, de la tarte tourangelle, des andouillettes vouvrillonnes, de la géline lochoise, des desserts, des vins…'
       

2 comments:

Mark said...

A real pity that the Blues festival has come to an end. I hope they can make this new venture work, but fear it will be lost amongst literally dozens of similar festivals in the region all of which are feeling the pinch at the moment. Might have been better if they had taken a year off to reconsider before jumping into this one.

Jim Budd said...

I fear you may be right Mark. The Blues Festival was certainly more unique as were the earlier spectacles from France's Revolutionary period.