Sunday, November 24, 2013

GASTRONOMADES


I like that word. Gastronomades.  Aside from being a travelling food show here in France, the word to me implies a group of people who travel and eat. Eat local and eat well. I do know a family.........

Small producers here in France of all things food and drink are what makes the country for me. Hundreds of regions with hundreds of products, from wine, Champagne and Spirits, baked goods, cured meats, cheeses, small batch chocolates, oils, vinegars, spices, fresh sausages, really no matter what you use in your kitchen, you are bound to have access to an artisan in France who makes it. With pride and passion (Unlike plumbers). 

Some of them go on the road throughout France once or twice a year to create a name for themselves and of course try selling some products outside their own region. Some of the bigger shows hand out "Best in show" and other accolades that may propel an artisan into the next Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog, or getting access to some of the major retailers in Europe. 

The show has grown since last year, more exhibitors, an extra tent for more cooking demonstration, which actually had the local TV station broadcast it all and lots and lots of buying consumers. Imagine a travelling Farmers' market sort of. We don't drink much in this house, but where else can you taste your way through half a dozen Champagne producers and then buy a case for under 17.00/bottle? Twenty bucks for a really really good bubbly. I like it.

This time around we bought Walnut flour from a mill near Angouleme, Espelette powder from the Basque region and some other fine things to fill the fridge and pantry.



THEY HANDED OUT THESE STICKERS.


THE LOCAL TENT


ALL THINGS WALNUT

GOLD MEDAL WINNING BLUE CHEESE


NOT SURE WHAT HE WAS DOING. FONDUE MAYBE?

REALLY GOOD CANTAL

BAKERS. A VERY PROTECTED PROFESSION IN FRANCE

A WINE FROM THE SW PYRENEES REGION

LA BELLE PROVENCE

OUR DEPARTMENT. FULL OF ARTISANS

BASQUE NOUGAT

I BOUGHT SOME ESPELETTE. A DISTANT RELATIVE TO CHIPOTLE PEPPERS

THE BEST JAMBON

EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS GIFTS

AN OLIVE OIL PRODUCER BROUGHT HIS OLIVE VARIETIES

BUTCHER'S DOZEN......

COOKING DEMO



ANOTHER DEMONSTRATION OF A TRADE

THE ANGOULEME MARKET IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR

WITH A MARKET RESTAURANT

  A GOAT CHEESE ARTISAN

LA VACHE QUI RIT PAS

A LOCAL BREED NAMED BARBEZIEUX

6 comments:

Nadege said...

How fun! I like these kinds of "traveling markets". The gentleman is making Aligot, which is a specialty of Aveyron, Cantal area… It is delicious! If you have a chance, you should try it someday.

H.Peter said...



Chapeau Madame, you know stuff!

melinda said...

my idea of a perfect day......visiting a food fair! the first place i go in a new town is the grocery store......i have friends who hate to grocery shop, but i love it.....

H.Peter said...


We always visit grocery shops! It's a great way to get to know a region or country.
China is next for me. The Carrefour there, always an adventure.

Sheila said...

Great post and wonderful photos.
Very envious!

H.Peter said...

The grass is not greener on the other side, Sheila.