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Cassoulet Festival at Castelnaudry

feteducassouletThe town of Castelnaudry (11 Aude, Occitanie) celebrates its Fete du Cassoulet 22 – 26 August 2018 designed to reinforce its claim to be the birthplace of Cassoulet. – Castelnaudry is situated between Carcassonne and Toulouse not far from the Canal du Midi.

cassoulet dishCassoulet is a rich and filling stew of haricot beans, duck confit, garlic sausage and pork. It can also include Toulouse sausage, mutton or goose, depending on the region in which it is made. For all that this is a summer festival, I would not usually think of such a rich and warming dish in August!

As usual with such events in France, there will be lots of opportunities to taste the different styles of Cassoulet and there will be a competition for the best dish plus music in the streets!

Rick Stein visited the Cassoulet Festival as part of his French Odyssey

For more info see  www.fete-du-cassoulet.com/

cassoulet_routeThere is also an official Cassoulet Route (route du Cassoulet) – a circuit of 180km covering visits to farms producing beans, duck, pork …., potteries, wine cellars in Malepère and Cabardès, cassoulet producers and restaurants offering a special cassoulet menu.

 



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Cabardes is a relatively small appellation for red and rosé wines produced in the hills just north of Carcassonne

The Cabardès area is in the foothills of the Black Mountains (Montagne Noire) .  The grape varieties Grenache and Syrah come from the south and east of France; Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come from the south-west and Bordeaux. And it is this blending of different grape styles which makes these wines distinctive.
Mainly red wine, and a small quantity of rosés, It is known as the Appellation with two faces”! www.aop-cabardes.fr/

Malepère lies to the South and West of Carcassonne, and despite being techically in the Languedoc, it is also here that they use the grapes more often seen in the south-west and Bordeaux – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc et Cot.www.vins-malepere.com

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