Winter is truffle season in Provence. The aromatic black diamond, known by its name in provençal la Rabasse, can be sampled and purchased at markets throughout the Vaucluse.
The truffle market in the village of Richerenches in the northern Vaucluse is the largest in France, accounting for more than 50% of the supply of truffles in the region and 30% of the national production.
On the third Sunday of January, a Catholic mass is held in Richerenches to give thanks for the truffle and to bless the current crop.
In his book French Lessons, Peter Mayle recounts the rather bizarre aspects of the ceremony: “there were five giant truffles lined up in a row waiting to be blessed.
When they took up the collection, we all donated our truffles to be auctioned for the poor. Then, of course, we sat down to a glorious lunch.”
That glorious lunch included a dish you will find served at truffle festivals throughout the region: une omelette aux truffes.
Richerenches Marché aux truffes
Marché aux truffes: Center of Village, Saturdays from November 17 to March 16, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tel 04 90 28 05 34, Email: email@example.com, Website
Richerenches is located north of Vaison-la-Romaine and east of Bollène in the canton of Valréas, which is an unattached part of the Vaucluse totally encircled by the department of the Drome.
Carpentras Marché and Fête
Marché aux truffes open from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Friday morning until the end of March in “la cour d’Honneur de l’Hôtel Dieu” Place Aristide Briand, in center of the town. Tel 04 90 60 33 33, Website
A Fête de la Truffe du Mont Ventoux & du Vin will be held on Sunday, February 2, featuring demonstrations on how to harvest truffles, culinary lessons and presentations / discussions at the Salle polyvalente – Terrain fenouil
Tél : 04 90 60 33 33 Website
Ménerbes Fête de la Truffe
On the Sunday after Noel – this year December 30 – this cozy market of producers is held on the Place de l’horloge at the western tip of the village from morning to mid-afternoon. Youtube.
Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon will be serving a lunch with truffle specialties and wine on Dec. 30. The Wine Bar / Restaurant and Wine Shop are open daily from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday and Friday evenings. Place de l’horloge, Ménerbes, Tél 04 90 72 38 37, Website
Pernes La Fontaine Truffolio
The Truffolio features truffle producers and a festive lunch on January 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the center of the town. A conference of experts will discuss the mystical sensual power of the truffle. Tel 04 90 34 16 22, Website
Access Pernes La Fontaine from Carpentras or L’Ile-sur-la-Sorgue
Avignon Fête de la Truffe
An indoor market with a vegetal wall,Les Halles is an institution in Avignon where more than 40 vendors offer their provençal products.
In addition to tastings and demonstrations at the stands of producers, 15 “grands chefs” from the region will present their secrets for preparer truffles.
Two restaurants where you can revel in the ‘savours’ of truffles:
Le Vivier: “Menu gourmand autour de la truffe” – lunch and dinner on January 10, 17, 24, 31, and February 7
Ebullient owners Patrick and Céline Fischnaller, Lyon-bred, possess a London pedigree. Décor of dining area is smart and modern; feel here is more peaceful urban park than country, Sorgue River out the window. It’s been four years since Patrick received a 1 star of Michelin for his brilliant food. Gigantic wine cellar guarantees a perfect pairing. Everything clicks here. Total satisfaction.
800 Cours Fernande Peyre, L’Isle sur la Sorgue, Tel 04 90 38 52 80, closed Friday lunch / Saturday lunch / Sunday Night And Monday all day. Website
Restaurant le Gajulea: From January to March in Le Barroux, Michel Philibert will prepare asumptuous “Le Gala de la Truffe”: les truffes à la croûte de pain, les ravioles de céleri rave aux truffes, le pot-au-feu du 3è millénaire aux truffes ou traditionnel, ou encore la mer et les truffes, le poulet fermier aux truffes, le veau aux truffes, et le lièvre à la royale.
Cours Louise Raymond, Le Barroux, Tél: 04-90-62-36-94, Open from Tues. – Sat. evenings only, and Sunday lunch, Website