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Focus on la Fête du citron in Menton

A unique event: the Fête du Citron in Menton. For more than 15 days, enjoy a traditional festival – day and night – that both young and old will love. With the brightly coloured exciting parade of the Fête du Citron, come and celebrate the end of winter on the Côte d’Azur. Every year in February, thousands of spectators from all over the world come to see the amazing floats made from lemons and oranges.

FÊTE DU CITRON® [LEMON FESTIVAL] 2021: A ZEST OF CITRUS THROUGHOUT THE TOWN

The Fête du Citron® has been cancelled for 2021 due to the current health situation

The traditional lemon festival has been cancelled for 2021, but as of Saturday 20 February, citrus arrangements will await you in the Biovès gardens, as will numerous activities throughout the town, not to mention an open-air exhibition on the rich history of Menton lemons, offered by the Heritage department.

What’s more, local producers will be present across the town: the chance to visit their stands, stock up on vitamins and discuss their passion for the golden fruit. You can continue your stroll through the shopping streets – where the Menton Sourire association will organize a shop window competition – up to the Esplanade Francis-Palmero where you will find all the specialities from Menton: jams, olive oil, ceramics, etc.

On Sundays 21 and 28 February, and 7 March, the traders’ market will be held with several stands in the Élisée-Reclus garden and along the Promenade du Soleil. The seafront will therefore be pedestrianized.

DISCOVER MENTON’S CITRUS GARDENS!

Make a date for the Jardins Biovès to discover the incredible ephemeral sculptures.

In the centre of Menton during the Fête du Citron, every day you’ll be able to admire the exhibition of citrus sculptures in the Jardins Biovès. Every year, the Fête du Citron celebrates a different theme. The artists stage it with magnificent creations. Did you know? More than 150 tons of citrus fruit are needed to make these sculptures. At night, the yellow becomes gold and the play of light is surprising. You’ll see the exhibition differently. Festive, popular and for all ages, Menton’s Fête du Citron is an event not to be missed on the Côte d’Azur.

DAY OR NIGHT, WATCH THE FÊTE DU CITRON PARADE!

Adults and children will discover citrus fruit from another angle.

The lemon decorated float will light up everyone’s face! When the weather is good, the lemons are even better and you can see their true beauty. For 15 days, the city walks in steps with the parades in the centre, night parades, exhibitions, etc. You can also meet the producers and taste the many varieties of lemon. Like its cousin, the Carnaval de Nice, the Menton Fête du Citron is a unique annual event that celebrates the local citrus fruit: Menton lemons. Colours that diffuse through the evening, to everyone’s delight – big or small!

VISIT MENTON DURING THE FÊTE DU CITRON

Celebrate the wonderful lemon, take the opportunity to visit the city, its shops and taste the world of citrus flavours…

In the heart of Menton, stop at the shop « Au Pays du Citron », you’ll be welcomed with a small glass of the famous « Limoncello de Menton »! You’ll discover all the products that can be made with lemons. Just around the corner is a place that is well known to jam lovers: « Maison Herbin ». Since 1975, its know-how as a jam maker has been recognized. You can taste all kinds of jams, conserves and flavours! A little further up, on the hills of Menton, meet the lemon producers during a guided tour organized by the Menton Tourist Office.

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LA FÊTE DU CITRON DE MENTON

By Olivier ARLET

Côte d’Azur France Ambassador and responsible for everything digital in a Nice-based agency, I take great pleasure in sharing my Côte d’Azur discoveries and favourites through my passion for photography.
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