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Cheese festival in Touraine

cheese festival at st maure in touraine

On the weekend of 1 – 2 June 2019 the village of Sainte Maure (37 Indre-et-Loire, Centre Val de Loire) between Chinon and Loches celebrates the local goat’s cheese (Sainte Maure de Touraine)with a 2 day festival. with plenty of opportunity for eating, drinking, dancing and music – learn more about this cheese and about the “guest” Cheese Region – Foire aux fromages et à la gastronomie (Cheese Festival)

The cheese is an aged Goats Cheese – quite different to the fresh goats milk cheeses you normally see. It is cylindrical in shape, often covered with ash and with a straw running through the middle, which helps it to mature. It has Appellation Controllée (AOC) status which means that only cheese from this areas can be so called, and there are strict rules on its content and making.

According to the Dorling Kindersley guide to French Cheeses (Eyewitness Companions) this cheese is “mature, balanced, round with salt sourness and an aroma of walnut”

For more info see www.sainte-maure-de-touraine.fr/

Hauts de Sainte Maure hotel

Hauts de Sainte Maure hotel

Stay at the Hostellerie Les Hauts de Sainte Maure a 16th century post house, family-run hotel surrounded by well-maintained and colourful gardens and with a courtyard, outdoor swimming pool and restaurant.

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