FANFOUÉ VILLAGE FETE SATURDAY 1 & SUNDAY 2 AUGUST 2020
BEGUN 50 YEARS AGO, LA FÊTE À FANFOUÉ IS THE VALLEY’S UNMISSABLE TRADITIONAL VILLAGE FETE.
WHY IS IT CALLED « FÊTE À FANFOUÉ » ?
The story goes that the fete was started for the locals by two friends, Pierre and François. As the resort grew in size, more and more holidaymakers came to the fete. One day, one of them asked Pierre what he called ‘his’ fete. He replied “It’s not my fete, it’s Fanfoué’s fete” (fête à Fanfoué), because in the local dialect, Fanfoué means Francois. The name stuck, and the fete has been known by that name to this day.
2019 PROGRAMME [2020 UPCOMING]
The festivities begin on Saturday 3 August from 7.30pm with a chance to try some traditional woodcutters’ soup by the village bread oven. From 9pm, it’s time to sing and show off your moves at the outdoor village dance with popular tunes and accordion music. For this anniversary year, there’s a little surprise; a firework display at 10pm.
► Free buses will be provided to take you to and from Les Allues throughout the evening.
Sunday starts with a mass at St Martin’s church in Les Allues, followed by the traditional procession to St Apollonie’s oratory. From midday, you can watch the arrival of the Route des Tommes and the Route des Glaces* , the traditional way of delivering cheeses around the valley using donkeys and mules and bringing ice down from the Gébroulaz glacier(see the video below).
A traditional lunch will be served from 12.30pm, accompanied by accordion music. Get into the authentic spirit with the float procession and parade of traditional costumes. Alphorns and hunting horns will also be played. Alphorns are wooden musical instruments whose sound carries for long distances, which were used to warn of danger in the villages or annonce the start of mass. The afternoon will see plenty of entertainments, with roundabouts, chainsaw sculpting and displays of artisanal ware. You can also learn how to make bugnes (local doughnuts) and enjoy sharing knowledge between the generations. For even more authentic spirit, why not visit Les Allues’ local museum and learn about the area’s cultural riches and local heritage?
LA ROUTE DES GLACES*, "THE ICE ROUTE"
For decades, Méribel inhabitants would climb all the way to the Gébroulaz glacier to collect ice and bring it down to the valley. Relive this ancestral tradition with Pascal and the valley’s youngsters!