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Crepes and Vouvray Anyone? Qui veut des crêpes et du vouvray?

A little late for chandeleur admittedly, but this was the first opportunity after the flu to get together with our neighbours for crêpes and vouvray, the local natural sparkling wine. Chandeleur or, more popularly, “la fête des crèpes” is held on 2nd February, 40 days after Christmas. One explanation is that it celebrates the presentation of Christ at the temple of Jerusalem but it seems there are pagan origins as well. Its name derives from the expression “festa candelarum”or “candle day”. It seems there’s also a tradition of holding a coin in one hand while flipping the crèpe with the other that will guarantee prosperity for the coming year.
Oui, c’est un peu tard pour fêter le chandeleur mais c’était la première occasion (après la grippe !) pour nous retrouver avec nos amis voisins pour manger des crêpes accompagnées d’un verre de vouvray. Le Chandeleur (fête des chandelles du Latin “festa candelarum”) également appelé “la fête des crêpes”, est fixée au 2 février, soit 40 jours après Noël. Elle correspondrait à la présentation du Christ au temple mais elle aurait également des origines païennes. Il existe encore une tradition de tenir une pièce de monnaie à la main gauche en sautant les crêpes à la main droite afin de connaître la prospérité pendant toute l’année.

4 replies on “Crepes and Vouvray Anyone? Qui veut des crêpes et du vouvray?”

We managed several lots of crepes in February. The first lot I bought from the boulangerie though. I didn’t know about the coin thing, so I’ve missed my chance for this year’s good luck. Damn.

@William – our friends certainly enjoyed them!
@Susan – I had forgotten about the coin thing but we’re having other friends on Sunday for crêpes again, so I’ll be able to rectify matters.

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