Thursday, 19 January 2017

Sarlat Truffle Festival 2017


Every year I cover Sarlat's fabulous Fete de la Truffe and every year it doesn't' disappoint.

It's that time in mid January when France's luxurious symbol of gastronomy brightens up an entire winter weekend as the towns medieval streets are lined with all things truffle and people from allover the country descend to celebrate the 'Black Diamond of the Perigord'.


This season has been a little difficult as the truffle has been harder to come buy courtesy of last summer's drought, though there was little to suggest that this was case judging by the abondance of Les Truffes on show.




As in previous years. various restaurants throughout the region put together different plates and informal bites all incorporating truffles, nothing formal here. For a few euro you can buy a little of something, like truffle tapas, maybe a glass of something too. Try as many different dishes as you want! 





I think this was the biggest foody 'hit' - truffled scrambled eggs.












Of course, if you are going to indulge in one of the worlds most renowned gastronomic treats, then you may as well do so in one of the worlds most beautiful towns.






I picked up a small truffle for twenty euro to take back home to Le Banquet. It was pasta with truffle for me, though a close run thing as a simple truffle omelette is hard to avoid.











5 comments:

  1. How old are those buildings? How old is the town? Love it.
    And how long has the festival been in existence? The foods sound wonderful , but I cannot read the wines.
    -Ray

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    1. Hi Ray. Sarlat is essentially a 14th century town. It is on the tentative list for UNESCO world heritage status.
      I'm not sure exactly how long the truffle fete has been in existence. There is a truffle market every Saturday from December to February.

      The wines are appellation Bergerac and Cotes de Bergerac. The reds are very much in a Bordeaux style, the same grape blends, but are little known as Bergerac is often over looked as the world looks to the wines of Bordeaux. The sweet/semi sweet wines from the Monbazillac appellation (near Bergerac) are excellent and marry well with so many dishes on sale at the fete.

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