The "Bénichon" of Châtel-St-Denis is a traditional popular and gastronomical festival that commemorates the end of the harvest, the descent of the cows to their winter pastures and the begin of the winter time. The "Bénichon" of Châtel-St-Denis takes place on the 3rd Sunday of October.
At the beginning, it was a religious celebration whereby thanks were given to the gods for what had been harvested during the year. Over the years the ceremony's religious side disappeared and the gastronomic and festive side remained. For six hours straight or more, you eat and drink and, if you manage to get on your feet again, dance! And the whole thing according to local tradition.