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The gastronomic riches of Orne
In 2019, the Foire au Boudin (black pudding fair) takes place from Friday 15 March at 2pm to Sunday 17 March.
Do you dream of an amazing weekend that’s bursting with originality and not far from Paris? Just a 1 1/2 hour drive from the capital, the Foire au Boudin at Mortagne-au-Perche is one of the most important events in Orne. The principle: a traditional exhibition dedicated to black pudding and local cuisine, which takes place every year on the 3rd weekend of March, bringing together professionals and lovers of traditional food, as well as the simply curious, in a lively, festive atmosphere. Don’t miss the competition for the biggest black pudding eater or the demonstration of how black pudding is made, not forgetting the performances of the local brass band. And in such rich surroundings, you might stay an extra day two to visit the basilica of Montligeon, the abbey of La Trappe or the medieval city of Verneuil-sur-Arve.
MyTripTailor tip: if you only spend one day at the black pudding fair, choose Saturday and visit the area on Sunday.
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After a stress-free arrival on Friday, take the opportunity to visit La Trappe Abbey. Still occupied by a community of monks, the monument cannot be visited but you can enjoy a video presentation of life at the monastery and visit an exhibition room. Then go on to Mortagne-au-Perche, 15 minutes from the abbey, where you will spend the end of the day. If you wish, you can take your first walk around the fair, which started at 2pm.
This Saturday, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the black pudding fair! Go from stand to stand to discuss with the exhibitors, discover the local products they present and taste the tempting samples offered by the pork butchers. And enjoy the show: the competition for the biggest black pudding eater is the highlight of the day. Don’t miss the demonstration of how black pudding is made, and the children’s activity set up for the fair and which varies from year to year – trampoline, skating rink, etc. – to keep the little ones happy all day long. To help you digest all this excellent food, take a walk in Mortagne-au-Perche, capital of the former county of Le Perche, which still has some lovely heritage from that period.
Leave Mortagne-au-Perche and head for La Chapelle-Montligeon, to visit the superb basilica of Montligeon. A place to pray for the deceased, this “cathedral in the fields” built at the end of the 19th century attracts pilgrims from all over the world every year. End your weekend with a walk in the charming medieval town of Verneuil-sur-Avre, a city of art and history with half-timbered houses, 18th century mansions and churches listed as historic monuments.
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