When the quince celebrates
with the chestnut

In October nature begins to dress in its autumn colours. In Provence, green turns into a colour scheme ranging from orange to red, passing through a palette of browns. Here, in autumn you could say that the produce of the earth adopts the colours of nature: pumpkins, quinces, chestnuts. All have their own dedicated festival in October. If you are in Provence Verte & Verdon in October, don't hesitate to come and discover the stars of the villages of Rians, Cotignac and Camps la Source.


The streets of the village of Rians come alive to celebrate pumpkins in every shape and form. There are more than 100 stands where producers share their know-how. The highlight is the pumpkin competition. You can compete in one or more categories: the heaviest, the biggest or the most unusual. This happy family event is ideal for discovering all the ways of working, growing and cooking pumpkins. Artisans will delight you with many objects for culinary use or decoration. And always with a pumpkin theme of course!


Camps la Source is a charming village in Provence Verte & Verdon known for its old felt-making factory (hats) and chestnuts. In October, with the arrival of the first winter frosts, the village celebrates its chestnuts and local produce. Hot chestnuts, chestnut creams and all sorts of chestnut-based dishes. And to get straight to the heart of the festival, take the tourist train.


Quince is one of the best autumn fruits and Cotignac is its village. In October the fruit is ripe. It is then picked and made into quince jelly and other delicious treats. The quince festival celebrates this fruit in all its forms. Many local producers are present and the numerous activities and events enliven an exceptional day. Not to be missed!