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Oyster Festival in Bouzigues is a celebration of the much-loved oyster and other local produce. Bouzigues is a lovely coastal town in Herault in the South of France and this festival is a great opportunity to discover, understand and taste the famous oysters from this region.
Bouzigues is a lovely coastal town in Herault in the South of France and this festival is a great opportunity to discover, understand and taste the famous oysters from this region.
Oyster Festival in Bouzigues usually takes place around the first weekend in August and offers visitors a great opportunity to experience the wine, gastronomy and culture of this sunny and welcoming part of Southern France.
Many visitors will come to celebrate the star of the Bassin de Thau: The Oyster of Bouzigues. Finally, as every year, the festival end with a spectacular evening fireworks display.
Shellfish farming on the Mediterranean coast began at Sète in 1875. As the Mediterranean does not have tides, it was necessary to use a special technique: suspended culture, carried out using 'tables' made of rails supporting ties and crossed poles.
These days, nearly half of France's oyster production comes from the Etang de Thau lagoon. This deep-cupped variety, the so-called Bouzigues oyster, named after one of the smallest and most attractive villages in the Thau basin, is in fact produced and enjoyed in all the towns and villages around the edge of the lagoon where oyster farming is practised, such as Mèze and Marseillan.
With their marbled, jagged shells and salt-water freshness with nutty highlights, 'Bouzigues oysters' are a treat for the tastebuds. Normally eaten raw, they can also be served 'au gratin', with garlic and parsley butter, or in a white wine and shallot sauce.