Many of our tours include gastronomic meals, cooking classes and winery tours and lunches, but our Bordeaux, Dordogne & Languedoc tour is particularly flavorful. The Dordogne region in particular is known throughout France as being an important culinary region.
Two common items you’ll see on menus and in shops throughout this area (and on our tour) are foie gras and truffles. We spent 3 nights in Sarlat, which is known as the home of those tasty treats. We even go on our very own truffle hunt!
Truffles, for those who may not be aware, are a type of mushroom which grow near tree roots. France is the largest producer of truffles in the world! They can be hard to grow and find, which is why they can be very expensive. They have a very strong flavor, so they are generally used sparingly in recipes. Dordogne in particular is well-known for them, and each year holds the Sarlat Truffle Festival in January.
Foie gras is another item that’s well-loved in the Dordogne region, but it’s certainly not for everyone! The literal translation for foie gras is “fat liver”, and the food comes from ducks and geese. It’s often served in a slice within a meal, or as a meal on its own. Some places within the United States have banned foie gras or plan to in the future (California, Chicago, New York).
Here are a few more photos of our culinary explorations while on this tour! Come with us and enjoy them for yourself.