Update: The Nice Port Festival has been pandemic postponed to 2023.
The Festin dou Pouort (Port Festival in Nicois) has evolved to become one of Nice’s best festivals for food, visuals and music, and general imaginative free-for-all, with
- bizarre strolling musicians
- kaleidoscopic floats
- free art workshops
- free boat trips
- kid’s village
- laser shows
- fireworks set to music (at 10:30pm)
- and four bandstands spread through the Port. But the best is after the fireworks, when the music heats up and everyone starts dancing…
A big part of that is the food, from the ‘slow-food’ snack stands to the Chef’s Village,where for 5€ a portion, you can savor the culinary marvels from the city’s top chefs, or two glasses of wine from the area’s top winerys. Warning: the Chef’s Village is as crowded as it is fantastic, with a long line to even get in, but if you pool your orders and tag-team the food stations, it’s not so bad.
If jumping into the Chef’s Village foodie frenzy is not your style, even the snack stands are amazing with ‘slow food’ affordable yet gourmet offerings including foie gras sandwiches, escargot, and more.
The free Lou Festin dou Pouort is Saturday, June 9, and goes from 4pm to 12:30am. The city is providing free non-stop shuttles from the Palais des Expositions, where there is lots of parking and a tram stop, and from the Tourist Office on the Prom.
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Photos courtesy of Nice-Matin