I’m happy to report that last night’s Marché Gourmand Nocturne in the nearby village of Saint-Pompon took place without a hitch, and it seems safe to say that a good time was had by all.
Certainly my wife Jan and I had a good time, sitting with a group of friends and enjoying the music and chatter, while eating fresh oysters and crispy frites, accompanied by a drinkable local rosé wine. The weekly event has become a summer mainstay, and it’s loaded with local flavour.
The week before, Saint-Pompon’s night market had been cancelled, because of the official weather forecast calling for storms (which turned out to be a bit of rain, with no lightning). I described our disappointment in “Washed out,” posted on June 29.
Last night, the festivities actually began at our community’s salle des fêtes, where two of Daglan’s social clubs, plus the Mairie, treated all villagers to a meet-and-greet event, with free drinks and nibblies. Then around 7 p.m. we headed for Saint-Pompon and its night market.
Here are just a couple of photos from the event, starting with the view from our makeshift table (the smoke you see hovering over the street is from the food stands, where everything from duck sausages to mussels are being cooked):
And here’s a look at the wooden dance platform, which is always occupied by children jumping and spinning, until dark falls and the adults finally get the nerve to start dancing:
Last night, our table included friends from Scotland, Dubai, Australia and Egypt — and Jan and I talked with many more, from other parts of the world as well as from France.
Already we’re looking forward to next Saturday, when good friends Darlene and Rob arrive from Toronto — via Finland and Estonia — and we can introduce them to the fun. Saint-Pompon’s night market may be a quintessentially French event, but it sure has an international cast of characters.