Next edition from 06 th 08 september 2019
Each year during the Feria and Horse Festival,Camargue Gourmande installed on the Place de la Republique in Arles.
Farmers and artisans gather to extol the virtues of the Camargue rice, oil olive of Pays d'Arles, of Arles sausage, of meat, of crayfish of Camargue, of fruits and organic vegetables, of honey, of cheese and all the local products that are the hallmarks of Arles, La Crau, the Camargue and Montagnette and craft products such as boots Camargue, saddle of Camargue and paint and rice. Next edition from 06 th 08 September 2019.
In the 19th century rice growing increased alongside other cereals and grapes. Today 75% of French rice comes from the 15,000 hectares cultivated in the Camargue, in other words 99% of French production of which 55% comes from the commune of Arles. The management of the delta water, irrigation, mainly for rice growing, and the complexity of the hydraulic network, show the Camargue skill in living on the Delta and cultivating it. The in-flow of fresh water from the Rhône contributes to maintaining the ecological balance between the salt banks and the soft ground, that allows for the diversity of its flora and fauna.
Each year, the Fête des Prémices du Riz take place in mid-September. Districts, villages, associations and families celebrate the rice harvest with procession of chariots carrying the Rice Ambassadress
At the mouth of the Rhone, the hamlets of Saline-de-Giraud and Aigues Mortes, look out onto a a stretch of long white dunes. These are the salt banks. There the Camargue's white gold is stored during the year after its harvest in September. It is then dispatched for chemical exploitation, use in food, or to salt frozen roads in winter. The harvest and exploitation of salt in this area go back as long as anyone can remember.
Vineyards in the region of Arles stretch over approximately 1000 hectares. Twenty five winegrowers have joined in a trade union and cultivate traditional grape varieties (grenache, syrah, cinsault and carignan), which they have combined with noble grape varieties (chardonnay, sauvignon, merlot, cabernet, caladoc, marselan,…). Some estates use organic or sustainable farming. The search for quality and innovation have led to a varied range of high-quality wines, in three colours: red, white and rosé.
For more information : Syndicat des Vignerons du Pays d'Arles - 2 Pavillon du Canal - 13200 ARLES
Tel : 04 90 96 84 74 - @: email@example.com
In 1992 the Association for the Promotion of Camargue beef was established on the initiative of Camargue herdsmen, the company Alazard et Roux and meat traders in the regions of Arles and Gard. Four years of work carried out in collaboration with the Camargue regional park earnt them the label "controlled designation of origin" (AOC classification).
The Organization for the Defense and Management of AOC classified meet " Camargue bull" includes breeders, slaughter-houses, the Alazard et Roux slaughter-houses, and of the Camargue regional park and nature reserve.
Rice growing, harvesting salt, cereals and grape production are the other face of the Camargue landscape.