Languedoc village to devote entire weekend to mushrooms

04th October, 2016
Every year, the village of Mende in Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France devotes a whole October weekend to ceps, a variety of mushroom you may also know as the porcini mushroom.

Dozens of food festivals celebrating local ingredients and cuisine are held across France throughout the year, and this is your chance to experience just one of them if you’re staying at our villas in Languedoc. They’re integral to the local community and therefore a great way to meet the people and experience the local lifestyle.

Known as the Toque du Cepe, this great gourmet celebration will take place in the town from October 7-9 and includes many different kinds of events and activities. As well as the rows of market stalls where you can buy the freshly-picked mushrooms alongside a number of other locally-made products, there are also cookery workshops, demonstrations and more. These line the streets and squares of the town centre as well as the Halle au Ble (Corn Market) found in the heart of the village.

Visitors can learn a variety of different skills at the festival including distillation and jam-making, while no French food event is complete without a wine tasting, pairing some local wines with the culinary specialties on offer.

There’s also plenty of chances to learn more about the mushroom itself on a supervised forage, where visitors will be able to head out to the surrounding woods, accompanied by experts, to pick their very own tasty mushrooms. Another of the highlights is the giant omelette, which is prepared and served for the whole community to enjoy.

Image: Juan Antonio Capo Alonso, available under Creative Commons