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In August  the pretty Brittany port of Roscoff (29 Finistère, Bretagne) celebrates the local speciality – the Pink Onion (oignon rose) and the locals who used to cross over to England every August to sell these special onions to the British with its Roscoff Onion Festival (Fete de l’Oignon de Roscoff) 20 – 21 August 2022

L’Oignon Rose de Roscoff” (the pink Roscoff onion) is now protected as an Appellation Controllée (AOC from 2009) due to its specific character (delicate skin, long life, intense flavour and good size – and only grown in and around Roscoff). If you are deeply interested in the history of this vegetable and its connection to the UK , visit the La maison des Johnnies et de l’Oignon de Roscoff – the Onions Johnnies museum in Roscoff.  Festivities include an onion market, music , torchlit parade  and a  bicycle race!  Food based on the oignon feature of course – onion tarts, onion bread and onion soup – together with a dispay of impressive onion strings!!

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Beyond Onions and Johnnies, I still consider Roscoff one of the pleasantest ports of arrival/departure in France – close to the town and retaining most of its medieval and maritime character it is a delightful place to spend an hour or so (or longer).

For more info on Roscoff and the Roscoff Onion Festival see www.oignon-de-roscoff.fr

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B&Bs, self-catering and Hotels in Roscoff including the harbourside Logis Hotel Bellevue – very central and with great views over the harbour and out to sea.

Roscoff harbour view from the Logis Bellevue Hotel
Roscoff harbour view from the Logis Bellevue Hotel

For more info and to check availabilty at this Roscoff hotel see Logis Hotel Bellevue

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