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Normandy Apple Festival

At Sainte-Opportune-la-Mare (27 Eure, Normandie) between Pont-Audemer and the  Tancarville Bridge there will be a Normandy Apple Festival (Fete de la Pomme) on the first Sunday in October, i.e. 7 October 2018

Pays Risle Estuaire logoIn an area known for its Cider and Apple Brandy (Calvados) the Normandy village of Sainte-Opportune-la-Mare holds its first Grand Fete of the season, other Apple Fairs being held on the first Sunday of the month from October to April!

calvados_apples1The Festival will include displays of the different varieties of apple and their identification,  and Apple Market with opportunities to taste – and a market of local seasonal produce including foie gras, local cheeses, trout honey, cream, poultry and duck – tastings of apple pastries – demonstrations of local crafts and an art exhibition…..

The village is also a good place from which to explore the local countryside, with several signposted footpaths, some suitable for cycling.

For more on the Normandy Apple Festival see www.normandie-accueil.fr

see also other Normandie apple-centred events in October:


Normandy is haute-cuisine heaven for food lovers and visitors seeking authentic culinary experiences.
Normandy is a region with stunning treasures of heritage, and endless rural escapes provide an incomparable backdrop of elegance and beauty for unforgettable, lingering lunches and romantic candle lit dinners in classy, stand out restaurants and hideaway inns.
Normandy is well known for its superb gastronomy, using its signature apples in many regional dishes.

Apples also feature heavily in the local traditional drinks such as Cider, Calvados (apple-based brandy) and Pommeau (a mixture of two thirds apple juice and one third Calvados).

In 1942, Calvados received the AOC label: Appellation d’Origine Controllé. This is given in France to assure quality for the buyer. Visitors are welcome to taste the celebrated tipple and take a tour of the many Calvados and cider distilleries throughout central Normandy. But these are not the only alcoholic drinks that hail from Normandy. 

The history of Bénédictine liquor is a fascinating one, dating back to the Renaissance when a Venetian monk, Dom Bernardo Vincelli, brought together 27 plants and spices from around the world to create an elixir at the Abbey of Fécamp. The drink was produced by monks until the 18th century. During the French Revolution, the secret recipe was almost lost, but was discovered by Alexandre Le Grand in 1863 who decided to re-create the mysterious liqueur. This can be drunk with ice before a meal, or afterwards, as a digestive. Bénédictine is also often used as a base for numerous cocktails. France.fr