The olive festival

Each year in February or March, the town and the Association des Vieilles Familles Rochevilloises (the Association of Old Rochevillois Families) organise the olive festival along avenue Maurice Jeanpierre which is bordered by magnificent olive trees.
Many stands present olive-based local products: oils from mills that are still in operation, tapenade, Nice olives, green olives, black olives with a wide variety of seasoning, olive bread... But also food products such as cured meats, farm cheese, honey, nougat, fougasse and other Provençal biscuits, and handcrafted objects (pottery, enamels...).

This event draws visitors from throughout the Alpes-Maritimes department and beyond. Young and old can also enjoy many activities (antique wooden toys, make-up stands, merry-go-rounds...). Local folklore groups bring dancing and singing to this great Provençal festival.

The chocolate festival

... also known as the gourmets' rendez-vous! Towards the end of March and beginning of April, the chocolate festival serves as an appetiser for Easter. It is an event not to be missed, centred on local chocolatiers and many specialities made from the all precious cocoa beans. A chocolaty atmosphere thus pervades vieux-Cannet, rue Saint-Sauveur and place Bellevue. Throughout the day a large public comes to enjoy the various events: demonstration and preparation of chocolate-based goods, the patissier parade, distribution of chocolate sweets, music... Don't miss it!

And while you're here, why not go and discover the many handicraft displays of rue Saint-Sauveur.


fete2A day in the country in Rocheville

On this day, place Foch is transformed into a large open-air farm, and Rochevillois and Cannettans are invited to come and discover, or re-discover local products and rural and handicraft trades. Animals are also on display, and the day's highlight is the very popular transhumance (of close to 400 sheep) which passes through the streets of Rocheville twice during the day. Calves, cows, pigs... and many other farm animals (goats, lambs, ewes, horses) and farmyard animals (ducks, hens, geese, turkeys, rabbits...) will delight visitors of all ages. This event is also punctuated by various workshops and demonstrations: folklore groups, sheep shearing, wool spinning, bread making, etc.

The Patron Saint festivals

The Saint-Didier festival in vieux-Cannet
Up to 1830, the Patron Saint of Le Cannet was Sainte Catherine of Alexandria. But she was discarded in favour of Saint Didier by the mayor in place, Sardou-Casse. The festival held in the honour of this saint, a martyr and reader of Saint Janvier, follows the pattern of traditional village fêtes in which children, parents and elders assemble in a typical Provençal atmosphere.

The Saint-Jean festival in Rocheville
This festival is completely different. First because being a much more recent part of town, Rocheville is less immersed in its history. Nonetheless, ever since the Fete Committee approached the mayor or Le Cannet in 1885 to solicit his authorization to hold a festival in honour of Saint-Jean at the Lime Kiln, the Saint-Jean festival has been a fixed tradition within this important district.