Spending time in the French regions also means enjoying the pleasures of the table. And there is something to satisfy your taste buds in Normandy! Cheeses, dairy products, cider, beers, sweet specialties and other seafood, holidays in Normandy offer the opportunity to stock up on local products, but also to sit at good tables and go to meet people. actors who bring this precious terroir to life.
A rich and varied gastronomy
Normandy is undoubtedly one of the most famous French regions for their gastronomy. Of course, we think first of all of its PDO cheeses: Camembert, Livarot, Neufchâtel and Pont-l’Évêque. Fans of salty meat specialties are keen to savor its main specialties, salted meadows lamb, andouille de Vire, black pudding from Mortagne-au-Perche or even the famous tripe à la mode de Caen. . Along the coast, there are many places offering Norman oysters, to accompany with a white wine, as well as scallops. The end of meals and snacks consist of sweet specialties local products, like the Norman apple pie, teurgoule, a sort of cinnamon-flavored rice pudding, Jeannette madeleine, but also creamy milk jam to savor with shortbread cookies.
As for drinks, we will not fail to order a glass of cider, the apple is king in Normandy. Without forgetting the calvados and the pommeau. There are also many made in Normandy beers , to taste pleasantly to quench your thirst on the terrace of a bar or during a picnic in the heart of nature with the good taste of local flavors.
Meet those who bring Norman gastronomy to life
Discovering the richness of Norman gastronomy also means going out to meet those who work on a daily basis to perpetuate the tradition and bring the terroir to life. To do this, you can stop at the most typical markets of Normandy, in Dieppe, Pont-Audemer, Rouen, Neubourg or even Sainte-Opportune-la-Mare. Without forgetting the return of the fishermen to Port-en-Bessin for the scallops. We then stock up on good products while interacting with traders. Norman gastronomy also lives in its best restaurants. The aperitif boards are excellent at the Crémerie des Baratineurs in Caen, the food and wine pairings are impeccable at the Manoir de la Pommeraie, and what about the inventive and local cuisine of the Kalamansi restaurant in Coutances?
Among the other experiences to live in Normandy, we can mention the Cider Route, which allows you to meet producers in the heart of a typical Augeron landscape in Calvados. Learning to make beer is also possible, and you can take part in an initiation in the Orne at the Château de la Bière.