Estival is not unique to Pezenas. Essentially, every Saturday evening in the summer from 18h00 - 0h00 the Jean Jaures becomes a wine, food and music celebration. This also coincides with the Historic Old Town Nuits Nocturnes - so practically the entire village is open and festive until midnight.
Estival features local vigneronne and food producers who set up on the street. This is all organised by the village to promote wines of our region. In order to drink, you must buy a glass for 5 euros, which gives you two digustations (or tastings). Some people may bring their own estival glasses from home (we have quite a collection, help yourself)
We suggest the best way to experience the Estival is like this: 1.) Go early if you want to get a table for a large group. Some families bring a picnic. 2.) Buy your glass, or a box of glasses 3.) Make sure you have money for purchasing food - cash is definitely best. Walk the length of the Estival, and figure out what you are in the mood for. Cheese plate? Lamb Burger? Frits? Charcuterie? Fruit? Chocolate? 4.) Grab a table - You will have to share the picnic table with a few groups, so introduce yourself. Practice your French. Most people who attend these, are pretty nice people. Dave has on a number of occasions met and spoken with people at Estival. 5.) Go grab a glass of wine, find a label you've never heard of - maybe tell them what you are eating, and they will help you find a delicious complement to your dish. Trade one ticket for one glass of wine. If you really like the wine, they will sell you a case or a bottle - usually for a good price. 6.) Enjoy the atmosphere, have fun! 7.) Dance to the music! The groups are usually pretty high calibre, and a lot of fun.