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We all know that France produces its fair share of wine, but did you know that Montmartre has its own wine-producing tradition? In addition to being the home of Paris’ only functioning vineyard, it is also home to the Fête des Vendanges, an annual wine festival that celebrates local products and culture. This year’s festival kicked off on Wednesday and runs through Sunday the 11th, featuring musical and theatrical performances, fireworks, and plenty of wines and foods from France and neighboring countries.
This year’s festival is dedicated to famed music producer Jacques Canetti and his petit théatre des Trois Baudets, a music hall which he founded in 1947. Some of France’s greatest musical and theatrical performers graced the stage of the Trois Baudets, and this year’s festival plays hommage to the artistic traditions that are so central to Paris’ legacy as a cultural epicenter.
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The festival takes place at venues all over Montmartre, but much of the action can be found at the Place des Abbesses (Metro Abbesses) in the 18th. It is here that the Bal des non-mariés (the Ball of the Unmarried) will get going around 12:30pm on Sunday. Around 21h30 on Saturday, gather near the Square Louise Michel to view a spectacular fireworks display (with Sacré-Coeur as a backdrop). The festival concludes on Sunday at 16h30 with a concert in honor of Jacques Canetti at the Trianon Theatre. (Tickets available for 18 Euro here).
For more information and the full program, visit the festival’s site here.