When I first arrived here in the French countryside, our village had wonderful lively fêtes with games & music & wining & dining. But at some point during the twenty some odd years I have been here, the fête seemed to lose favor.
In the past several summers, however, the happy village tradition has been revived.
It is a simple affair, with everyone pitching in to help. There is a fire for barbecuing, & many salads with lovely farm fresh ingredients.
But unlike an American barbecue, everything is served in courses as is the French costume. Starting with the apéritif, followed by a first course, the main course, then a cheese course, which is always served after the meal, & finally desert & coffee.
There is of course plenty of wine & crusty baguettes for every table.
The party goes on into the night with music & dancing. it is a multigenerational gathering of neighbors & friends enjoying a summer evening of festivity & community.