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Gastronomy and tastings

After your cycling efforts come the culinary rewards! Discover the great variety of local specialities and products made with love around the Canal des 2 Mers à Vélo cycle route. Seek out the friendly atmosphere of village markets and country inns, or the many more formal Michelin-starred restaurants.

Caviar and sturgeon

Along the route, two places continue to honour the tradition of producing caviar and prestigious gastronomic delights. First, the Auberge-Musée at St-Seurin-d'Uzet, in an historic place where caviar has long been harvested and tasted. Second, the fish farm of St-Fort-sur-Gironde, where they rear Siberian sturgeon, cousins of the native European sturgeon that is now a protected species.

Local farm produce

Savour real, local, farm-produced flavours and discover both the passion and common sense of the local small-holders by visiting some of the traditional farms and wineries open to the public in these parts. Also seek out local produce in the shop at the Pôle Nature at Vitrezay and in the area’s markets (for example at St-Fort-sur-Gironde Tuesdays and Saturdays).

 

Shad and white estuary shrimps

L'alose dans l'estuaire dela girondeShad is a big, blueish-grey fish that travels up the Gironde Estuary from March to July to spawn in the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers. To taste it, it’s best eaten either grilled, or served with a sorrel or gribiche sauce (the latter including eggs and capers). As to the white Gironde Estuary shrimps, they are often flavoured with aniseed and are delicious to nibble on with an aperitif.

 

Les canelés de Bordeaux

Les canelés de Bordeaux A traditional Bordeaux speciality, these little ribbed cakes are crisply caramelized on the outside but meltingly soft on the inside. They may have been named after the copper moulds with ribbed sides in which they are cooked.

 

Michelin-starred restaurants in the Agenais area

Michelin-starred restaurants in the Agenais areaThe Agen area boasts three Michelin-starred restaurants at time of writing, reflecting its gastronomic reputation. Michel Trama, who has had a Michelin star since 1981, has made the splendid fortified hilltop bastide town of Puymirol a high spot for the French culinary arts. In Agen, in a beautiful house in the historic centre, Eric Mariottat puts a contemporary spin on local cuisine, making him one of the best culinary ambassadors for the Lot-et-Garonne. At Moirax, at his Auberge du Prieuré, Benjamin Toursel prepares very tasty, innovative cuisine, which has led him to win many awards.

 

From Marmande tomatoes to Agen prunes

From Marmande tomatoes to Agen prunesThe département (French county) of Lot-et-Garonne, in the region of Aquitaine, can claim to have the most varied agricultural production of any county in France. Among its most prestigious products are: the celebrated, tasty Marmande tomato, with its very firm, consistent flesh; gariguette, ciflorette and charlotte strawberries, the only fraises to have gained the official French quality seal, Label Rouge; and renowned Agen prunes, made from Ente plums, whose IGP zone of production covers the whole of the Lot-et-Garonne and certain parts of neighbouring counties.

 

Chasselas de Moissac table grapes

chasselas de moissacChasselas de Moissac vines produce early-ripening table grapes that are very juicy and particularly tasty. The grapes’ mat, golden look makes them very elegant too! The Chasselas de Moissac grapes’ particularly rich flavour has led to their being awarded Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) status, also recognizing the know-how of local producers working within a protected area.

 

The Tarn-et-Garonne, fruit-producing powerhouse of the Midi-Pyrénées Region

The département (French county) of Tarn-et-Garonne, in the Midi-Pyrénées, produces 80% of this region’s fruit. It is the top French producer of greengages, which have also been awarded Label Rouge status. The Ente plum is also grown in parts, to turn into prunes. Other fruit produced here includes: Quercy melon, given its own IGP status; cherries; apples; kiwis; walnuts; and hazelnuts, of which the county is the second-largest producer in France.

 

Aude, Cathar Country with a long culinary history

Discover the wide range of the département (French county) of Aude’s culinary products and fine wines, be it at local markets, in specialist delicatessens, in country inns, at Michelin-starred restaurants, at wineries or at wine cooperatives.

Stretching from the Mediterranean coast to the mountains, the Aude’s varied lands provide produce to excite your palate year-round, so get tasting!

 

Le Pays Cathare, a quality label for the Aude

The registered label, Le Pays Cathare®, distinguishes a range of quality products and services offered by passionate Aude men and women.  In all, at time of writing, the label concerns 32 sectors of production and services, involving some 900 professionals who have to abide by a quality charter and who welcome you across the Aude.