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Burgundy Truffle Festival

In the village of Is-sur-Tille (21 Côte d’Or, BFC) there is an annual Burgundy Truffle Festival Fête de la truffe et des Papilles (tastebuds) held on 20 October 2018

Burgundy Truffle Festival posterThis unmissable event effectively combines 3 markets – a fresh truffle market, an organic produce market (le marché Bio) and a farmers’ market (le marché de Pays) in the main square (place de la République). As is usual for such shindigs there will be music and folk dancing. There will also be the opportunity to try the truffle in menus specially composed by the “Brotherhood of the Burgundy Truffle” (Confrérie de la Truffe Bourguignonne)!

Is-sur-Tille is about 25km north of Dijon

For more info on the Truffle Festival – see www.cotedor-tourisme.com/

Auberge Côté Rivière

Auberge Côté Rivière

There is an attractive small hotel in the village – Auberge Côté Rivière – quiet and peaceful with a restaurant offering burgundy gastronomy and the opportunity to taste local wines.

By Train  TGV to DijonTGV

The Burgundy Truffle (Tuber Uncinatum)

is in season in the Autumn (usually available September to December). This truffle looks similar in appearance to the black winter truffles, but with a more delicate flavour. It is best enjoyed when freshly grated over a prepared dish like pasta, eggs, rice or mashed potatoes. Although very expensive to buy, you only need a little to add an extra dimension to a dish. The Burgundy truffle is more widely harvested than other truffle species. It can be found in nearly every European country especially  France and Italy. These precious fungi grow a few centimetres down in the earth, in symbiosis with the roots of hardwood trees like oaks, chestnut and hazelnut. Burgundy truffles have a dark, rough skin with large, diamond-shaped points. When cut they display a veined, coffee-colored flesh. The scent is less intense than the black winter truffle (Tuber melanosporum), offering a delicate, hazelnut-like aroma.