St Gervais Sur Mare Chestnut Festival
St Gervais sur Mare in France has been part of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route since the 9th century. This Camino route is known as ‘The Arles Way’; used by pilgrims from southern and central Europe heading for Santiago, from Spain and southern France.
The Notre Dame bridge dates back to the 13th century and bestrides the River and linking the village. The 16th century chapel, Notre Dame Lorette is dedicated to the patron Saint, Roch and has been an important pilgimage site up until the 1960s.
Chestnut Festival in Main Square
Hot Steaming Chestnuts
For centuries, chestnuts were the staple diet staple of the people of Cévennes, Haut Languedoc. Today, Chestnut Festivals are a major event throughout Languedoc-Roussillon between late October and early November.
St Gervais Sur Mare chestnut festival was buzzing with locals enjoying lunch under the shade of large plane trees in the main square. The Chestnut Festival is a gourmet event which presents a number of different cuisines including market fresh produce of mainly cheeses, sausages and breads. Meals available included paella, a sausage sizzle and delicious roasted quail with potato stew gravy. Simple but totally delicious washed down by local french wines from the surrounding region.