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03/11/2017 - 16:43

Delicious Dieppe

15167662 1121190691310287 8261583645808568128 o <p>It may come as a surprise to learn that there are over 100 restaurants and brasseries in Dieppe, one of the highest number per capita in France! More and more people are visiting the town not only for its beach, world-famous seafront lawns, historical gems and busy shopping streets but also for its delicious eateries. You will find restaurants to suit all pockets and tastes, including two Michelin-starred restaurants (Les Voiles d&rsquo;Or, adjacent to the Bonsecours Chapel and Le Colombier in Offranville, just five miles from the town centre).</p> <p>In fact, Dieppe has always been a popular place when it comes to food. In Alexis Wafflard&rsquo;s play&nbsp;Le Voyage &agrave; Dieppe&nbsp;(1821), one of the main characters points out to his friends that it is impossible for anyone to visit Dieppe without eating oysters. People come from far and wide to tuck into seafood, with the town&rsquo;s most prominent speciality being the Marmite Dieppoise. Last week, famous food critic P&eacute;rico L&eacute;gasse published an article in which he wrote that the dish&rsquo;s voluptuousness and delicacy are simply overwhelming. You will find the rich and creamy shellfish bouillabaisse on the menu of many of the town&rsquo;s restaurants, but one of the best places to enjoy a Marmite Dieppoise is without doubt the establishment which bears the same name as the dish, in the rue Saint-Jean, just off the marina.</p> <p>This month, seafood will also be king in Dieppe when the famous Foire aux Harengs returns to the Quai Henri IV and the quaint streets of the Bout du Quai. The event is one of the biggest herring festivals in France, and attracts over 100,000 people every year. Held on 18 and 19 November, the 48th edition will see flocks of hungry visitors tuck into delicious fresh fish, often served with a baked potato, a creamy sauce and a glass of white wine. As a reminder that Dieppe is the French capital of the Coquille Saint-Jacques, you will also find scallops galore. &nbsp;</p> <p>However, seafood is not the town&rsquo;s only culinary highlight. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love Caramel de Pommes Dieppois. This soft apple spread with hints of caramel was invented by local Chocolatier Jean-Pierre Roussel. It is so popular that it now comes in several flavours, including salted butter and cinnamon. It tastes absolutely divine on cr&ecirc;pes, waffles or with foie gras and chicken, so don&rsquo;t forget to stock up next time you visit. When you stroll down the Grande Rue, the town&rsquo;s main shopping street, you can also try an Etoile de Mer, a patisserie sold at Le Fournil bakery. Resembling a starfish, this giant chouquette can only be found in Dieppe and is well worth a taste. Yummy!</p>

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