The fair has been going for decades and is comfortingly always the same, though this year there were noticeably fewer people there on the Tuesday we visited. Current financial uncertainties are hardly conducive to wine producers splashing out 80,000 euros on a new grape harvester. There is always an entertaining live farm animals section, with chickens, goats, rabbits, ducks, sheep and one pen of cows with calves – the Var is not a cattle region – and a good display of French farm horses, a breeding mix of French Percheron and English Shire.
In the morning, we attended a very good lecture on bee keeping hygiene by a biologist from Aix-en-Provence who has over 250 hives. His chief message was about swarm strength and resistance to disease through good selection and good practice. Then, after a look around at the displays, and being in France, the highlight of the day is lunch.