20th SALON DES VINS AND GASTRONOMIE – ANGERS
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than relaxing having fun, wine and food … gastronomic food at that!
Although the main tourist season has clearly finished there are many festivals of food and wine which run throughout Autumn and up to C hristmas. So, on the 24th November, we headed off to one of the largest, the ’20th Salon des Vins and Gastronomie’ held at the Exhibition Centre in Angers. This event attracts very large numbers of visitors from all over the country, not only professionals but locals too, everyone a food expert and everyone taking a keen interest in the field of eating and drinking – and that included us!
The halls were absolutely packed with people but despite the difficulty in moving around we were definitely not disappointed as we happily wandered around the different exhibitors from regions all over France. It was a fine opportunity to taste their free offerings of delicious cheese, sausage, ham, paté, fresh bread, croissants, chocolates, nougat, honey and … even commercial snail producers, (a surprise because here we get them from the garden).
We should give a mention to Sylvia and Franck from our village boulangerie, who won a silver medal, against huge competition, for their Pain d’Epices, a fragant, spicy bread which is eaten with Foie Gras.
There were wine tastings galore and, surprisingly we found the vignerons were from other significant wine producing regions which gave us a chance to sample the likes of Nuits St George, Chateauneuf du Pape, Alsace, Cote du Rhone, Provence and the Lanquedoc and Champagne amongst many.
It was a memorable day and it didn’t fail to make you realise just how large and varied a country France is in terms of its gastronomy.
There were lots of ideas for Christmas presents and we did succumb to buying some mouthwatering delicacies including some long thin sanglier sausage from Corsica …. before heading home exhausted!
Below are a few photographs for you to enjoy!