Sarlat is a beautiful medieval town in the Dordogne; full of fantastic architecture and is home to a proper bustling French market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The range of food was fantastic with everything you would expect from a southern french market including a giant range of the regions speciality; foie gras. This post is pretty photo heavy...the food was all too gorgeous!!
Gigantic cheese wheels!
We arrived pretty early as its gets notoriously busy and it was still 30C...there's nothing quite like the novelty of wondering around an amazing food market in the sunshine! Hungry, we just had to pick up a punnet of succulent strawbs for breakfast to eat as we wondered around; so deliciously sweet and juicy!
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In our fractured french we managed to ask the lady selling the honey, what the pollen was used for. Turns out its used as an energiser, great before sports or hard physical activity and is commonly used by athletes. Who knew? Well certainly not us!
Onions, in true french style quickly became a staple part of our diet normally teamed with the amazing beef tomatoes that only seem to exist a bit closer to the med, mounds of cheese and plenty of fresh bread!
Even the back streets and alleys in Sarlat are stunning, this quaint framers we discovered around one corner.
Some of the obligatory regional fare: escargots and a whole stall dedicated to duck!
Followed up by A LOT of saucisson some with nuts, some with ducks, truffles, chorizo, you name it, I think eleven different varieties were purchased by the end of the morning!
We finally discovered the SWEETS and the glacéed fruits! Have you ever seen nougat as awesome as this?!
Unfortunately it was far too hot too risk buying chocolate :(
Of course a particular high point for us was always going to be le confiture! Plenty of course on offer from the local region:
By this point our arms were growing heavy, we had eaten our way around Sarlat and were longing to get back for a quick swim (then maybe a late lunch) and had long since lost the boys. It was time to head back to the car...
(Dont panic, we did find the boys, supported by a couple of pints lounging in the sunshine.)