Fete des Vignerons

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Vignerons, Fête des (Winegrowers' Festival)

August, approximately every 20-25 years
Held only five times during each of the 19th and 20th centuries in Vevey, Switzerland, the FÉte des Vignerons is a pageant of music, dance, and song depicting the passage of the seasons in winegrowing country and honoring the most talented workers in the vineyards. It lasts more than two weeks and has a cast of thousands, drawn from the local population. The pageant takes place in an open-air theater, specially constructed each time the festival is held, with Lake Geneva and the mountains beyond as a backdrop. The festival was last held in 1999.
CONTACTS:
Confrerie des Vignerons
Rue du Chateau 2
Vevey, 1800 Switzerland
41-21-923-8705; fax: 41-21-923-8706
www.fetedesvignerons.ch
SOURCES:
FestEur-1961, p. 158
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 355