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05/11/2018 - 14:54

A taste of gold

Pad 2477 <p>According to a recent survey, one of the main reasons British visitors choose to visit France is because of the country&rsquo;s heavenly food and drink. From cheese to wine, crusty bread to patisseries, France has such a vast culinary heritage that it would indeed be difficult to give a full history in just a few lines. Good news for visitors arriving in this beautiful country on the ferry via Dieppe is that you don&rsquo;t have to head down south to savour some of France&rsquo;s most yummy treats. Did you know for instance that Neufch&acirc;tel cheese, which is increasingly popular in the UK, is produced in the quaint town of Neufch&acirc;tel-en-Bray, just twenty-five miles from Dieppe? On Saturday mornings, local producers head to the town&rsquo;s market, which was recently crowned the 8th most beautiful of its kind in the whole country, to sell their lovely heart-shaped cheeses on one of the numerous stalls.&nbsp;</p> <p>As you wander along the streets, letting your senses succumb to the scents and colours of regional delicacies, look out for trendy Camembert Le 5 Fr&egrave;res, which bears a very distinctive blue and white label. Produced on a family farm located in Bermonville, at the heart of the Pays de Caux, thirty miles down the road from Dieppe, it has just been awarded a Gold Medal at the 2018 Farm Cheese Awards. It&rsquo;s a real Camembert fermier, meaning the entire production process is completed on the farm. All the milk comes from the family&rsquo;s own herd of 200 dairy cows, and the cheeses are moul&eacute;s &agrave; la louche (moulded by ladle), just as they should be. You must give this one a try.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another delicacy to taste in Dieppe and bring back home for others to discover is the P&acirc;t&eacute; au Neufch&acirc;tel produced by Antoine Vanost and his father, which is sold in their recently opened shop at the bottom of the Grande Rue, Dieppe&rsquo;s main shopping street. Venture into Les 3 Conserveries, and you&rsquo;ll fall for the many local gourmet products showcased there, especially the famous p&acirc;t&eacute; which also recently won a Gold Medal at the Epicures de l&rsquo;&Eacute;picerie Fine national competition.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are a fan of Andouillette, the traditional coarse-grained sausage with its distinctive smell, then you should book a table at the Caf&eacute; Suisse, one of Dieppe&rsquo;s landmarks located under the beautifully-restored Arcades. Last January, Chef Vincent Normand received the Grand Prize at the international competition rewarding the world&rsquo;s best Andouillettes! It&rsquo;s definitely the right place to tuck into this dish!&nbsp;</p> <p>You may be aware the Dieppe is France&rsquo;s scallop capital. With scallop season in full swing, now is the time to head down to the town&rsquo;s two fish markets to fill up of the freshest of seafood. Only a month ago, Dieppe&rsquo;s scallops were awarded a Label Rouge (Red Label), which is a sign of quality assurance in France. It certifies that a product has a specific set of characteristics establishing a superior level to that of a similar current product. This decision comes as a reward for Dieppe&rsquo;s many fishermen who work hard from dusk to dawn to bring healthy seafood to our plates.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you too want to savour the best of Dieppe, pay us a visit on 17-18 November, when the huge herring and scallop festival is on. It&rsquo;s one of the country&rsquo;s largest and truly showcases the flavours of this authentic and welcoming French town.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&copy; Photo d&#39;illustration : Pascal Diologent</em></p>

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