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toque du cepe


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

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