The Lemon Festival Don't miss it!

In terms of visitor numbers, the Menton Lemon Festival is the second biggest public event on the Côte d’Azur, just after the Carnival in Nice and ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco.

This year's annual festival was held in Menton from 16 February to 03 March 2019

For decades, thousands of visitors have flocked from all over the world to attend this celebration of the citrus fruit. Over 200,000 visitors a year now flood in to marvel at what can be done with humble citrus fruit.

The history of the Menton Lemon Festival

The Lemon Festival harks back to the carnival tradition of the 1930s, and puts citrus fruit firmly at centre stage.
In the late 19th century, local hoteliers came up with the idea of a carnival parade to enliven the town of Menton during the winter months.
The event was enthusiastically adopted, not just by local residents but also by the wealthy tourists overwintering in the mild climate of the Côte d'Azur.
This was the period when kings, princes and artists stayed in palatial hotels in Menton.  Queen Victoria actually attended one of the carnivals in 1892.

The Menton Lemon Festival thus partakes directly of the purest carnival tradition, but with an unrivalled dash of originality: carnival floats and gigantic figures are decorated using nothing but lemons and oranges.