Sunday, 31 July 2016

Fête de la Crêpe

Today we took the day off from wood panelling and stone cleaning. We went to the Fête de la Crêpe in nearby Gourin. This is a yearly event held in the Parc de Tronjoly. There is music on a stage with Breton dancing, a huge marquee where the crêpes are made, stalls with crafts and a competition for the largest crêpe.

After a wander around the stalls, we realised we had to buy a special currency to purchase food and drink. The currency was 'skoeds'. We queued up to exchange our euros for skoeds at a rate of 1 Skoed to 1.2 Euros.


I asked the man at the counter how to pronounce skoeds and he told me you say it like 'squids'!

We entered the marquee and it was jam packed with people queuing up for their crêpes. We made a beeline for the drinks and bought 2 ciders for 4 skoeds!



We then sat outside soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying our ciders.

The park has this fantastic tiered seating area where you can watch whatever is on the stage. It's a very clever design.


Once we had finished our cider, we ventured into the marquee again to buy our lunch. It was still packed but we were hungry!

It was interesting watching the crêpes being made.



There were hundreds of people enjoying their crêpes or the alternative of tripes and potatoes.


This was the price list. We opted for fromage-jambon (cheese and ham) with caramel au beurre-salé (salted caramel) to follow.


It was a long hot wait in the queue but it was worth it!






We took our crêpes outside to eat. On stage, there was a trio of Breton singers called Les Frères Morvan and a crowd was dancing in front of them.


A special dance floor had been constructed so that everyone could go up and join in with the Breton dances. Every time the tune changed, the dance changed but everyone seemed to know all the dances.


A bit later, there was a band playing traditional Breton music. The dancing continued. I was amazed at how many people - men, women and children - got up to dance. It was a lovely atmosphere and great to see so many people enjoying themselves.


Who knows, in the future, I may get up there and join them! It looked like great fun!


Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx

4 comments:

  1. Looks like fun. So great that you're taking some breaks and getting involved in the local culture.

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  2. Looks like a fun event - I love crepes and salted caramel sounds delicious!! It's good to see that people are still keeping tradition alive.

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  3. Looks like lots of fun. Have a good day Diane

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  4. What a great day you had! I make crepes but not that big! LOL! YOu got me on the salted caramel....yum!

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