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The resort of Deauville hosts its glamorous American Film Festival every year in early September, giving an opportunity to star spot and of course to offer to cinephile 24 /7 for 10 days the chance to see big Hollywood studio and also art house cinema.Since 1975, legendary directors and world famous actors (Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Spielberg, Orlando Bloom, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep to name a few) have strolled along the 650m boardwalk “Les Planches”. This is where life revolves during the summer with rows of colourful parasols. It is a festival which everyone can enjoy and see a variety of films; the real rival to Cannes.
Small villages host many festivals devoted to their local cheeses, one of the best being Foire Aux Fromages (cheese fair) held in Livarot each August. The town is not only famed for the quality of its cheeses, but also the wide range on offer – Camembert, Pont l’Evêque, the spicy Pavé d’Auge, creamy Neufchâtel and many more! The big event is a cheese-eating competition where farmers compete to eat as much Livarot cheese as possible in 15 minutes!
There are so many food festivals to choose from: one village worth remembering is Vimoutier, for the Foire de la Pomme (apple fair). The village celebrates this fruit in so many forms - from competitions featuring decorative barrel-making displays to those of apple pies and cooking classes, and of course tasting sessions with calvados and traditional cider. You also be able to indulge in apple specialities such as apple fritters, pancakes and pastries.