As yet another Cannes Film Festival bites the dust, the mayor of Cannes David Lisnard invited a limited number of journalists to the annual provincial lunch overlooking Cannes Marina.
The traditional lunch caters for one thousand people – out of over six thousand accredited media – thus an exclusive event even among the press.
Tamara Orlova-Alvarez, Joe Alvarez at the mayoral lunch in Cannes 2019
Courtesy of mayor of Cannes, the Ikon London Magazine team, were treated to the provincial L’Aioli, consisting of sumptuous cod dressed with olive oil, steamed vegetables, hard-boiled eggs and the famous Aioli sauce which is typically the region.
The lunch begins with wine-based refreshing drinks at the top of the hill, shortly before being ushered through the gates of the castle, where under the open air not less than hundred tables are set with local wines, canapés, baguettes, and shiny tableware. Accompanied by traditional music, endless trays of delicious freshly cooked grub were passed along by the chefs in white pleated toque hats.
No lunch is possible in France without patisserie. Hundreds of kilos of traditionally baked cakes – almond, apple pistachio bakes and lemon tarts decorated with berries – marked the beginning of the end of the lavish soiree. And as a takeaway gift, a bottle of local Cannes olive oil in exchange for the invitation.