Fete de l’Olivier Bize Minervois
Fete de l’Olivier Bize Minervois is the highlight of the year in Bize, a great day held each year in July just after Bastille Day. Various stalls are set up all around the village selling local arts, crafts and local food produce. There are also large tables set up around the promenade for people to sit and eat, and food stalls selling tasty dishes such as paella, moules and frites, escargot and hot dogs, beer and local wines. In the evening the celebrations continue with fireworks and live music.
This festival first took place in 2007 and there are many visitors to the village for this event that takes place on two sites; in Bize and at Oulibo Cabezac Bize, where the olive co-operative organises an open-day.
At the heart of Bize there are shows, conferences, traditional music as well as more up to date music concerts late into the evening, places to eat, many traders and artisans selling gingerbread, foie gras, goats cheese, hand-made articles, paintings, wine from the whole region. There are approximately over a hundred exhibitors who return from one year to the next to this village festival, now a firm favourite in Bize and the welcoming Midi region.
At Cabezac the olive co-operative Oulibo, opens its doors for the whole day for visits and demonstrations such as pruning and grafting olive trees in the co-operative garden, guided tours of the machinery, including the famous olive mill, displays of regional products associated with olive oil, table olives and home-made products.
Many associations in the village take part in the running of the day. The organising committee, the Amis de l’Olivier, as well as Le Recantou, the rugby school, the firemen, the festival committee, the FCBM, and the MJC who set up stalls to provide food and drinks or make products.