Le Grande Picnic at Doué la Fontaine – NAPPES ET PANIERS!
Thursday evening 3 July saw our local town of Doué la Fontaine host their Fete l’Eté organised by the Ville de Doué la Fontaine! This event is held every year and we love it. Primarily created for the residents, there is no advertising outside the town and everyone knows each other thus creating a huge family atmosphere. When we arrived we were shouted over to join Christian and Didier two of Brian’s cronies from their Sunday Morning “Route de Vin” (Café de Ville, – Café d’Anjou – Café du Marché etc.)!
In the centre ville, in front of le Bar le France, (and it is “le” France not “la” as you might think), 900 people arrived with bags and baskets of picnic goodies. The boulangerie sold out of bread, quiche and patisserie. Everyone scattered around the numerous long rows of tables decorated with pretty red and white checked tablecloths.
Out everything came, plates, serviettes, glasses, wine, bottles of Ricard and various apero drinks, nuts and nibbles, at least one family bought a ragout in a thermos flask. and they chinked glasses before devouring their plates of delicious picnics! It was great for the children (the rues had been blocked off so they could play safely so no worries for the parents).
To add to the children’s delight there was a special entertainer to keep them amused by cleverly twisting magical balloons into animals for the girls and swords for the little boys to fight and torment the little girls with!
Finally was the Musical Soirée by 10 musicians all with various trumpets, cornets, symbols, drums and tubas!!! Most of the time they spent standing on chairs and tables giving the occasional Basque Corridor fanfare on the trumpet which was always met with raucous cheers and “Oles”!
It was a brilliant fun evening and much felicitations to the musicians from nearby Faye de l’Anjou who entertained all night long with les chansons francaise and contributed greatly to the success of the evening!