An early summer festival on the banks of the Garonne is a wonderful way to get to know the region's legendary wine and the gastronomy that goes with it.

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Bordeaux Wine Festival

Annual showcase of one of France's foremost food and wine regions.

If you can schedule your visit for late June, you'll have the pleasure of experiencing the city's annual Fête du Vin, whose programme of activities, cuisine, cultural offerings, and fireworks on the banks of the Garonne River just seems to get better with each passing year. Stands offer the wares of the region's (and France's) top vineyards, as well as tastings of cheeses, foie gras, sausages, and other classic French comestibles. During these several days the Place des Quinconces also becomes a stage for open-air jazz and rock concerts, and the also-huge expanse of the Place de la Bourse (including its famous Water Mirror) a screen for audiovisual projections and displays of light and water. Truly a magical (and of course tremendously tasty) experience!

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