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05 Jul 2017

Portsmouth takes you there: Looking for Foodie Heaven? #portsmouthtakesyouthere

The French summer food festivals are about to get into full swing, with a wonderful selection to choose from just a short ferry crossing from Portsmouth International Port.

It’s your opportunity to explore the wonderful tastes of France, with a generous side order of culture, entertainment and beautiful surroundings too. 

There’s no better example of how food brings people together than the Festival Saumon. The festival, which focuses on the wonderful salmon found living in the river that flows through Pont-Scorff in Brittany, promises special menus featuring the tasty fish. 

However, it’s much more than just a food fest. Over three days at two different sites the Festival Saumon has a packed programme of live music and special events. The festival runs from 7 to 9 July, with concerts and entertainment each day.

More foodie treats lay in store for visitors to the Fête de la Crêpe 29 and 30 July 2017. Brittany is famous for its pancakes, in the village of Gourin you can taste a wide variety, and watch a competition where participants attempt to make the biggest crepe.  The food is accompanied by a full menu of dancing, local pipe bands and other entertainment.

Lovers of speciality sausages should target Fete de l’Andouille 26 and 27 August, a festival that celebrates the famous product of Guémené Sur Scorff. The Andouille sausage that is made there is loved across France, although it can be quite a challenge for first time eaters. The tripe based sausage is described as “rather smelly” by French travel expert’s gites.co.uk , and for those not keen on trying it the festival has plenty of live music to enjoy in the beautiful medieval town. 

Don’t worry if you’re not able to make the festivals; because whenever you head to France from Portsmouth International Port there’s still an opportunity to try a great meal. The high end style and culture magazine FLUX has recently described Brittany as “Seafood Heaven” recommending a list of seafood restaurants in the region that visitors should try. 

See links for events: www.festivalsaumon.fr fetedelacrepe.fr tourismepaysroimorvan.com www.fluxmagazine.com/brittany-seafood-heaven/