Foodie holidays in Normandy

Foodie holidays in Normandy

Food and drink often spring to mind when you think of France. Famous for wine, cheese, crispy baguettes, thin crêpes, pâtisserie, fôie gras, and crème brûlée amongst others. There are Normandy specialities to be enjoyed thanks, in part, to its proximity to the sea and its agricultural heritage. Enjoy trying the four Normandy cheeses, cider, Calvados (apple brandy), caramel sauce, andouille (spicy smoked sausage), salted lamb and a milky rice pudding called Teurgoule. With so many tasty treats to choose from, you’re sure to find some firm favourites during your stay. As well as restaurants where you can eat very well priced food for long, lazy lunches there's also the fun of local food markets. If you're eating out, the 'formule' offers great value as this is a set menu. Sometimes you get a choice and sometimes you don't but it's generally good quality, good value food. Alternatively, you can eat from the à la carte menu.

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Celebration for Epiphany has a Tour de France theme

Celebration for Epiphany has a Tour de France theme

The traditional celebration of eating galette des rois at Epiphany has a Tour de France theme in some parts of Normandy. The galette (which means pancake) is a sweet flaky pastry cake flavoured with frangipane/almond paste. Each cake has a small charm hidden in it which is similar to the tradition of hiding coins in Christmas puddings. Whoever gets the slice with the charm in it, is crowned the king and wears the crown supplied with the cake. The cakes can be eaten hot or cold and most villages put on an event to celebrate Epiphany where the cakes are shared. A selected number of bakers in Normandy will be including Tour de France themed charms in their galettes. It's a lovely tradition and gives people a chance to wish their friends and neighbours the very best for the coming year. The cakes can usually be bought throughout January.

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Foodie events in Normandy

It’s the season for foodie events in Normandy this weekend. They include the Foire de la Pomme (Apple Fair) from 16 – 18 October in Vimoutiers in Orne. The Fête du Cidre in Forges-les-Eaux in Seine-Maritime takes place on 18 October. There’s tastings, demonstrations and an apple tart competition to entertain you. The Fête du Ventre et de la Gastronomie Normande (Gourmet Fair) will be in Rouen from 17 – 18 October. Restaurants and producers will be promoting the tastes of autumn and celebrating Normandy food and drink. There’ll be tastings and demonstrations as well as the chance to buy a wide range of locally produced products.

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Seafood galore

Seafood galore

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A seafood, shellfish and fish festival will take place in Granville this weekend. More than 60 exhibitors and 55,000 visitors will descend on the port this Saturday and Sunday. As well as being able to buy the products, there will also be tastings, cookery demonstrations and plenty of shellfish and seafood to eat. For more information, visit
http://www.ville-granville.fr/toute_mer_sur_un_plateau_granville.asp

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Camembert cheese

Camembert

Camembert

Visit the village of Camembert for a glimpse of the authentic, old, rural, and agricultural Normandy. Located between the Pays d’Auge and the Pays d’Ouche there are several places in Camembert where you can taste the cheese and learn more about Camembert it. The most popular story about the creation of Camembert cheese is that it was developed in 1791 during the French Revolution by the wife of a local farmer. She is said to have been helped by a priest who had fled his native area of Brie which was already known for its cheese-making excellence.  You can also visit the Museum of Camembert.

 

Seafood galore

Seafood

A seafood, shellfish and fish festival will take place in Granville this weekend. More than 60 exhibitors and 55,000 visitors will descend on the port this Saturday and Sunday. As well as being able to buy the products, there will also be tastings, cookery demonstrations and plenty of shellfish and seafood to eat. For more information, visit
http://www.ville-granville.fr/toute_mer_sur_un_plateau_granville.asp

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Cider production in Normandy in a byegone age

Cider production in Normandy in a byegone age

Cider production in Normandy is thought to have started in the 15th century. Equipment like this stone trough was used to crush the apples as a horse would be attached the the wooden wheels and walk round the trough. The pulp would then be transferred to a pressoir which crushed the apples between two pieces of wood to extract all the juice. Nowadays the troughs are often used as garden planters (there’s one in my courtyard). This trough in the photo is on display at the Abbey in Hambye.

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Tasty treats from Normandy

Tasty treats from Normandy

Confiture de lait (literally milk jam) is a caramel sauce which is a speciality of Normandy. It can be eaten on pastries, or bread, drizzled on pancakes or vanilla ice cream, stirred into plain yoghurt … The possibilities are endless! To see how it’s made and enjoy a tasting, book a tour with Lait Douceur www.lait-douceur.com who are based between Coutances and Cherbourg in Normandy.

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I’ve already eaten but this looks yummy. Delicious camembert from Normandy. French food at its best!

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Wine, Cheese and “Saucisson” – a perfect French combo to celebrate the first Wine Wednesday of September in style!

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Traditional French restaurant in Gavray

Traditional French restaurant in Gavray

The Hotel de la Gare restaurant in Gavray is a charming family-run concern. Located in the main high street there is plenty of free parking and a warm welcome awaits you. As the owners have young children they are closed over the weekend apart from Saturday lunchtime which is market day in Gavray. The bonus is that they’re open every weekday evening – many restaurants locally are not open in the early part of the week out of season. A three course formule menu is available for under 15 euros in the evening or 13 euros at lunchtime. I visited last week with friends – the moules frites and chocolate mousse were highly recommended.

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