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The Office de Tourisme in the main square (Place de la Tour) is decked out in a Welcome to the Fête de l'Oranger, in oranges. The village was full of local products as well as the activities and events being celebrated. There was a demonstration how to build dry-stone walls, free tours of the village, bands and music, vin d'orange and orange marmalade tasting, and on and on.

 Bar-sur-Loup Fete Oranger The Square Seytre, just beside the Place de la Tour, was decked out in a traditional period scene, with old car, live olive grove, and mannequins in period costumes. The "mannequin" sitting and preparing oranges was an actual live person [photo-3].

 Bar-sur-Loup Fete Oranger A small group of very experienced tasters spent the morning tasting these samples of orange marmalade.

 Bar-sur-Loup Fete Oranger These lovely stacking bottles of fruit-based aperitifs were on the stand of Les Confiotes de Mamie, here from Sollies-Pont (northeast of Toulon).

 Bar-sur-Loup Fete Oranger There were several pottery stands in Le Bar-sur-Loup for the Orange Tree Festival, as well as the local pottery shops. This stand had the most colorful pottery on display.

 Bar-sur-Loup Fete Oranger Every festival and market in Beyond has locally produced olive products on offer. This was the stand of Jean-Philippe Frère from the nearby village of Le Rouret, whose products wont the Mélaille d'Or in Paris for 2007. Olive oil, olive paté and olives were available.

 Bar-sur-Loup Fete Oranger There were at least two bakers with breads, tartes and other goodies cooked in the traditional way in wood-fired ovens. This was the stand of the Boulangèr Piasco from Tanneron.

 Bar-sur-Loup Fete Oranger Regional patisserie delicacies were on offer. The stand of the "Biscuiterie Artisanale KIRO" from Vence included these "Amarettes Niçois", containing sweet almonds, bitter almonds and "pignons de pin" (from the Pin Parasol tree). Some of their other treats were "Merveilles fleur d'oranger", "Croustinis trois poivrons", "Croustinis pistou" and "Croustinis pissaladière".

 Bar-sur-Loup Fete Oranger "Le Pot de Terre et le Pot de Fer" set up at the Square Seytre showed a couple of very ancient trades (métiers anciens). Eric Lescoffit of Castillon (a tiny village between Menton and Sospel) turned a clay amphora, and built small iron sculptures. We weren't able to spend the whole day at the fête so didn't see it all completed.


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