Connoisseurs of France’s finest cheeses attend an annual celebration of dairy produce from all over the country
(TRAVPR.COM)UK - July 9th, 2012 - On and around the first Sunday of September, the little town of La Capelle in northern France holds a Cheese Fair, this year 31st August – 3rd September.
The fertile, undulating Picardy countryside has a long history of dairy herds, cheese-making and many other products from its farming. These are on show in La Capelle for the Fair’s numerous visitors to enjoy; typically the local population of around 2,000 is swamped by up to 30,000 visitors and holidaymakers from out of town.
The occasion has been dubbed “A Thousand Flavours in Maroilles Country,” after the strong-smelling local cheese, reputedly made by monks at the abbey there, and a great favourite of French kings.
Exquisite cheeses roll in from all parts of France, finding keen appreciation by connoisseurs who award prizes for excellence.
But the fair at La Capelle isn’t restricted to cheeses from the region, nor to cheese alone. Cured and fresh meats, vegetables, poultry and foie gras tempt visitors round hundreds of stalls spread across a 2400m2 area.
Artisan food production is the main theme here. Cheese and yoghurts from nationwide, plus local pastries, jams, honey, apples and chocolate, not from vast industriele suppliers, but handmade on small premises and preferred for their fascinating variety of non-standard characteristics.
With free sampling of the products, plenty of Champagne and local cider, and troupes of performing musicians and dancers, it’s not surprising La Capelle is the most popular agricultural event in the region.
Quality Villas still has a wide selection of good value holiday rentals available for anyone planning on visiting the La Capelle cheese fair this year.
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