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Charentais Melon

When you’ve found the birthplace of the Charentais melon, you’ll know it. A nine-ton sculpture of the iconic fruit towers over highway A7 as visitors reach Cavaillon, the small town in the south of France that’s home to what some call the greatest melon in the world.

Reverence for the melon reaches an annual fever pitch with the Feria du Melon each July. Tastings of peak-season melon, melon-centric art galleries, farm tours, and dancing span the weekend before Bastille Day, overseen by an actual Brotherhood of Knights (the Confrérie des Chevaliers de l’Ordre du Melon de Cavaillon) sworn to uphold the melon’s good name by inspecting the harvest for taste, density, and appearance. The weekend culminates with the running of 100 Camargue horses through the streets of the ancient town. 

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