Menton France Colorful Lemon Festival
Traditionally, the riot of yellow color is Lemon Festival which lasts from late January through mid-February. Meanwhile, since the 1930s the town of Menton, France, has celebrated it annually. About 300,000 people visit the town during the festival. In particular, they enjoy the colorful parades featuring larger than life-sized figurines made entirely of citrus fruit, a specialty of the region. Besides, no less interesting are other activities. For example, performances of local folk music and dance take place during the festival. In addition, visitors may stroll by scenes from famous stories reconstructed out of citrus fruits and displayed in one of the city’s parks. Noteworthy, the Lemon Festival coincides with another important local event, the Orchid Festival. And those who attend this exhibit of orchid specimens may also sample regional foods and view the work of local artists.
Undoubtedly, Lemons from Menton are kings among lemons. In fact, the warm climate of the French Riviera allows to them grow all the year round. Traditionally, in these parts farmers receive three lemon crops, and the biggest harvest is in March-April. So, the festival is a kind of preparation for the richest harvest season in Menton. Meanwhile, to prepare this holiday, skillful craftsmen and designers use 130 tons (!) Of delicious citrus fruits. Menton becomes literally the museum in the open air decorated with the most incredible figures from lemons, oranges, and grapefruits.
It’s amazing how in a few days orange ornaments, fabulous characters from lemons and huge edible trees grow here! Along the coast there is a parade of tuples of golden fruits adorned with citrus fruits and flowers. In addition, in all comers farmers invite to taste new varieties of lemons, drinks and sweets prepared from the “yellow king of the holiday.”