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Vendee Christmas

Local delights and Christmas in the Vendée.

Vendéan Specialities

For the foodies amongst you, I’m going to start off with a couple of quirky Vendéan specialities I’ve come across recently (and if you can enlighten me further about them, then all the better), the first of which is l’Escargotine. A local Facebook page has been urging me to make sure this snail spread is on my Christmas menu but frankly (and although I’m generally a fan of the snail if smothered in garlic) I’d rather eat my own liver! Anyone else come across this little delight, will it be part of your Christmas meal and most importantly, dare I ask what it tastes like?

French snail spread

l’Escargotine anyone?

Another speciality which does get my vote is a local liquor called Kamok. Made from roasted coffee and matured in an oak barrel, it’s originally from Lucon and is apparently best served at the end of a meal, with ice. Again, it’s not one I’ve come across before but as I do believe in trying all things local, I’m hoping to track some down and serve it on Christmas day.

Finally on this little culinary adventure in the Vendee, I came across La Mizotte, a local cheese notable for its wine soaked crust and its fruity, refined taste.  Made in Saint-Michel-en-l’Herm it is apparently a top seller in the Vendée so it is another cheese to be added to our Christmas table.

More festivities

In the thick of the mayhem that is Christmas as we are, there are still lots of special festive events going on in the region. One that particularly caught my eye is the Children’s Choir Festival which is holding concerts in the Abbey at Nieul sur L’Autise as well as at Faymoreau and Doix. Having visited the Abbey at Nieul recently, I can’t think of a more atmospheric and spectacular venue for some seasonal singing!

children's choir Vendée

Children’s Choir Festival – Nieul sur l’Autise

And if you haven’t had a chance to get to one yet, there are still lots of Christmas markets such as at La Meilleraie Tillay (Pouzauges) this Saturday 14th from 10 am until midnight with  workshops and Christmas activities as well as a horse drawn carriage parade. And in Fontenay on the 17th December which includes a torchlit procession.

Or if you are hanging on until the last minute to get into the festive spirit, why not head down to the coast to Les Sables d’Olonne on the 21st December and enoy their “Joyeux Noel” (vin chaud and hot roasted chestnuts promised) or to La Tranche Sur Mer where they have ice rinks, carrousels and games right through from the 20th December to the 5th January.

Christmas and noel in France

Head down to Les Sables d’Olonne.

In the Vendée would love to hear about any Christmas events or little known specialities that you’ve come across in this region or how you’ll be celebrating in France this year and you can drop us a line at lucy@inthevendee.com  In the mean time, enjoy these clear frosty mornings and all the many delights this wonderful region has to offer. I’m off to find some Kamok.



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