Ahh the Dordogne, a stunning slice of south-west France that shouts fairytales and food everywhere you look. This is a land where the rivers, orchards and forests invite you to indulge in nature's finest bounty.
Wild game, juicy fruit and grape-draped vines are just the start of your culinary journey into this famous French fare. Hungry? Here's a handy list to whet your appetite if you’re heading to the Dordogne on holiday...
Scour the markets
Get your fill of fresh seasonal spoils with a trip to a farmers’ market. Browse stalls towering with walnuts, gooey cabécou cheese, rich fois gras and a rainbow of fresh fruit and veg. Sarlat-la-Canéda’s night market is one of the best – bring your own plate and picnic basket and dine al fresco under the stars with the locals.
Drink a glass of grand cru
Visit one of the Dordogne’s many vineyards and go in search of the season’s premium wine or ‘grand cru’. There are 13 varieties that have the AOC seal of approval in these parts, so you’ll find plenty of top tipples try. For a full-bodied red that packs a punch, it’s got to be oak-aged Bergerac. White lovers, don’t miss a sweet honey-like Monbazillac.
Try the ‘black diamond’ truffle
The season for this prized Périgord truffle is only short, but you can get your hands on preserved varieties of this intoxicating treasure at any time of year. From April through to October, look out for the lighter summer truffle popping up on restaurant menus around the area’s medieval towns and villages.
Savour plum brandy
Follow up any hearty meal with this classic, after-dinner digestif. Head to the Louis Roque distillery to see plum brandy producers at work, harvesting the region’s abundance of fruit to make this fine liquor. Tour the museum and bag some bottles to take home.
Catch trout on the river
The Dordogne River offers many ways to spend your day but fishing is one of the best ways to experience this epic waterway. Kick back and try to catch a trout or some crayfish for a rustic riverside barbecue. Who needs a fancy restaurant? Bring a baguette and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc – et voila!
Dine at a château
Wine and dine in style with a tasting menu in the grounds of a grand château. Ooh la la. Expect delicacies like creamy foie gras, walnut salad, confit of duck, roast goose and the sweetest strawberries to appear on your plate. At many of the region’s castles, you’ll get Michelin stars with your turrets.
If you weren’t hungry to begin with, we bet you are now! Fly to Bergerac and you can discover the delicious Dordogne for yourself.
Posted: 9th Jul 2019.