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The Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival 2017

Published on 13 October 2017 By My B.
La Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre 2017, c'est parti!

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From 11 October 2017
To 15 October 2017

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Abbesses
75018 Paris 18

Free

Quartier de Montmartre

From October 11 to 15, 2017, the famous Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival is back. With colorful shows, walks and exhibitions open to all, festivities are always happier and richer in many discoveries and beautiful surprises. This year, Portugal, its gastronomy and unique wines are given pride of place.

From October 11-15, 2017, Paris 18th arrondissement celebrates culinary art and freedom during Montmartre 84th Grape Harvest Festival. Since 1934, wine from Clos Montmartre is celebrated in October for 5 joyful days of popular celebration during which taste and gastronomy are given pride of place. This is the third Parisian most popular event after the Nuit Blanche and Paris-Plages. Over 400,000 visitors are expected again in the streets of Montmartre.

Exhibitions, concerts, parades, artisan and local products tastings and various animations will be provided this year again for children and adults, Parisians and tourists’ greatest pleasure. This year, Montmartre celebrates grape harvest by giving Portugal pride of place. 5 unknown regions of Portugal unveil their heritage and their uniqueness at the foot of the Sacré Coeur:

  • TÂMEGA E SOUSA
  • TRAS-OS-MONTES
  • COIMBRA
  • BEIRAS E SERRA DA ESTRELA
  • BEIRA BAIXA

This year, the “Parcours du Goût” (taste tour) will introduce you to mountain wines, vihno verde, olive oil, cheeses such as the famous Queijo da serra, Leito, Chanfana, charcuteries and pastéis de nata of course. We’re about to stuff our faces!

The Montmartre 84th Grape Harvest Festival is sponsored by Hugues Aufray and Sarah Biasini. Romy Schneider’s daughter will succeed to singer Camélia Jordana, actress Sandrine Bonnaire, singers Nolwenn Leroy, Anaïs, Olivia Ruiz, actresses Firmine Richard, Victoria Abril, model Naomi Campbell, actress Carole Bouquet, singer Angunn as well as to singer Mistinguett who’s been the first sponsor of the Festival back in 1934.

We can’t talk about Portugal without mentioning Fado. Of course, fado music will be played for the official concert. Head to Les Trois Baudets on Thursday October 12 for ALEM FADO performance. Artist Lizzie and Nuno Estevens musicians and Filipe de Sousa will mix texts from great French poets with a “saudade” tune, they will be accompanied by traditional Portuguese guitar.

Included in the program of this year’s edition:

  • Discovery of the “Montmartre, décor de cinema” exhibition at a family rate
  • Free light-painting workshop (registration required)
  • Exceptional and free visit of the Moulin Rouge (registration required)
  • Night visit of the Ferme de la Recyclerie – a urban farm
  • Les Lumières de la Chapelle – the Chapel’s lights (registration required)
  • Street art fresco lightening up the Ordener wall

HIGHLIGHTS YOU SHOULD NOT MISS

  • Wednesday October 11, 2017

    LAUNCH EVENING
    City Hall of the 18th arrondissement – Place Jules Joffrin at 7:30 p.m.
    Let’s embark toward the light for this launching evening that will take you to the stars and the cosmos. Stories, music and science await you.

  • Thursday October 12, 2017

    CHILDREN CHOIR
    Square Louise Michel – 3 p.m.
    700 children dressed in a midnight blue t-shirt – displaying “Fête des Vendanges” written in gilded letters – will sing at the foot of the basilica. Brought together to sing in homage to lights, they’ll be directed by the choirmaster Françoise Albin and accompanied by the trio Mickael Marty.

  • Friday October 13, 2017

    PARCOURS DU GOÛT
    Butte Montmartre – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Wander around the streets to meet passionate artisans and producers that will make you discover their products with exceptional flavors.

  • Saturday October 14, 2017

    PARCOURS DU GOÛT
    Butte Montmartre – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Wander around the streets to meet passionate artisans and producers that will make you discover their products with exceptional flavors.

    OFFICIAL BEGINNING OF THE HARVEST (upon invitation)
    Clos Montmartre – 10 a.m.
    The traditional “Ban des Vendanges” starts in the heart of the vintage of Montmartre with President of Montmartre Republic Alain Coquard and in presence of Mayor of the 18th arrondissement Eric Lejoindre, Official Committee for Celebrations and Social Actions (COFAS) president Brigitte Houdinière, Great Master of the Clos Montmartre brotherhood Gilles Guillet, the Commune Libre du Vieux Montmartre, the Commune Libre de Montmartre, the Companions of the Butte Montmartre and the representatives of the brotherhoods and folk groups taking part in the afternoon parade. In the heart of the vintage, the Companions of Montmartre will cover Pierre Bachelet’s song “Une Autre Lumière” (Another light).

    PARADE OF THE MONTMARTRE GRAPE HARVEST
    Departing from Clos Montmartre at 11:45 a.m.
    Arriving at the City Hall of the 18th arrondissement, Place Jules Joffrin at 1 p.m.
    It will welcome the joyful Portuguese intervention of “Tuna Academica de Penafiel”. Originally, these “Tunas” were made of students that could pay for their studies thanks to music. Today, the tradition goes on and bands wearing traditional costumes are still filling streets and student parties with life while promoting values such as friendship and love for music.

  • Sunday October 15, 2017

    PARCOURS DU GOÛT
    Butte Montmartre – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Wander around the streets to meet passionate artisans and producers that will make you discover their products with exceptional flavors.

    CEREMONIES OF THE NON-PROPOSALS (registration required)
    Place des Abbesses – 10:30 a.m.
    Since 2007, this event is both strong and sweet, rebel and zany. This free union is still celebrated by a master of ceremonies wearing the red, white and blue sash!

    DALIDA BALL
    Square Louise Michel – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    The 18th festival of lights and still famous 30 years after her death, Dalida’s stars shines bright in the sky of Montmartre. Under the patronage of her brother and producer Orlando, we’ll pay homage to Dalida, Montmartre’s honorary citizen.

In short, here is a lovely program for a beautiful event!

Practical information:
The Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival 2017 (website in French) 
From Wednesday October 11 to Sunday October 15, 2017
Several venues in the 18th arrondissement
Official Facebook Page

Pcitures: The Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival

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