French Food and Wine Festival - Salon des Vignerons et des Gourmands at Saint Junien, Limousin, S W France

A proud prize-winner from the Olive Cooperative
A proud prize-winner from the Olive Cooperative | Source

Vignerons et Gourmands is the ideal place to see, taste and buy traditional French food

The Salon des Gourmets et des Vignerons at Saint-Junien in Limousin, France is the ideal venue in which to discover specialities from every region, to meet the producers, to sample and compare the products and then to choose, buy and take home the best that France has to offer. 'Gourmets and Vignerons', lovers and producers of food and wine, is an excellent title for this cornucopia of glorious food and drink.

For an entrance fee of only 2 euros you are handed a wine glass as you enter the salon. This is for you to use to taste the many fabulous wines, spirits and other drinks on offer and is your to keep afterwards. You are released into a large hall packed with stalls exhibiting all manner of good things. As we run a Chambres d'Hôtes near Saint Junien Les Trois Chenes, we are naturally interested in going to the exhibition to see just what's on offer.

The 15th Exhibition will be from 01 November - 03 November 2013

Friday from 4pm - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am - 7pm and Sunday from 10am - 6pm. Entry 2 euros.

Address: Salle des Congrès du Châtelard, 87200 SAINT JUNIEN

This year there will be fifty-five exhibitors comprising 37 wine producers, twelve artisan butchers and six producers of regional foods.

If you are interested in our B&B, holiday cottage or our painting holidays, contact me on info@lestroischenes.com or take a look at our web site: www.lestroischenes.com



St Junien

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Where is Saint-Junien?

Saint-Junien is located between Limoges and Angouleme in South West France. It is not far north of the better known Dordogne and east of the Charente. This is a beautiful, and largely unknown area of France famous for its Porcelain, Limousin beef cattle and leather goods. The town of Saint Junien is especially renown for the manufacture of leather gloves.

How to find The Salon des Gourmets et des Vignerons at St Junien

A markeresplanade du Châtelard 87200 SAINT-JUNIEN -
Avenue du Châtelard, 87200 Saint-Junien, France
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Salon des gourmets et des vignerons de Saint-Junien

Salle des Congres du Chatelard

Inaugurated at the begining of 2006, the halls of the 'Salle des Congrès du Châtelard' provie the perfect venue for large events. The buildings are conveniently placed just outside the very centre of the town. Access is easy as the motorway linking Limoges and Angouleme passes close by and there are also excellent rail links. The hall can be altered to accommodate various different sizes of function, there is parking space for 200 cars and the restaurant can seat up to 850 people. A large, functional kitchen, cloakroom and bar are available.

Organisation

The event is organised by the Lions Club in cooperation with the Municipality of Saint Junien.

Salon des gourmets et des vignerons de Saint-Junien
Salon des gourmets et des vignerons de Saint-Junien | Source

Try and buy French food

You can try a wide range of food products including chocolate, oysters, spices, sausages, bread, cheese, nougat, jams and preserves, olives, honey and products made from locally produced chestnuts. My son was delighted to take away a jar of white chocolate spread while the adults chose to sample cheese and cooked meats.

This Saint Junien chocolate maker caught my eye, and especially the slices of preserved orange dipped in black chocolate. Wonderful.

This salon is the perfect place to buy traditonal French food

French chocolate!

Chocolate by Fabrice Faure Saint Junien 05 55 58 18 16
Chocolate by Fabrice Faure Saint Junien 05 55 58 18 16 | Source

French cheese - fourme d'Auvergne

Michel M Jouinot Fromages d'Auvergne (Cheeses of the Auvergne) 06 80 22 39 50
Michel M Jouinot Fromages d'Auvergne (Cheeses of the Auvergne) 06 80 22 39 50 | Source

Try French Cheese

France is famous for its cheese and this is the perfect opportunity to try them. You'll find literally piles of the top quality cheeses of France at the Salon des Vignerons et des Gourmands including local ones like the Forme d'Auvergne pictured above.

French sausages by Eric Boutard

Sausages by Eric Boutard, Saint Junien 05 55 02 17 22
Sausages by Eric Boutard, Saint Junien 05 55 02 17 22 | Source

There's nothing like a French sausage

Unlike the English version French sausages are made with almost 100% pure meat - and the meat is of high quality too.

There are a whole host of sausages on offer, including the local boudin noir - a bit like our black pudding but softer and not so fatty, and the 'dreaded' Andouillette. This white sausage seems to be popular with many French people but really, I couldn't stomach the smell. Why don't you try it for yourself here to see if you're a fan of the Andouillette or not.

French wines, spirits and liqueurs at the Salon des Vignerons et des Gourmands

Wines range from Champagne to Bordeaux, red, rose and white, sweet and dry, sparkling and still, but you will find plenty of help on hand to guide you through the complexities of choice. In addition to the producers, in 2009 there was a wine specialist who gave talks on the different products in the morning and held a wine tasting session in the afternoon.

In addition to the wine you can find Pineau des Charentes, the Charente speciality, Armagnac and beers.

Salon des Vignerons et des Gourmands - Details

Opening times: Friday 4pm - 8pm Saturday 9.30am - 7pm Sunday 9am - 6pm

Salle des congrès du Châtelard
esplanade du Châtelard
87200 SAINT-JUNIEN
Tél. 05 55 43 06 99

Get a flavour of Limousin - The Périgord-Limousin Nature Park

Take a foodie holiday in Limousin - try our Limousin specialities for yourself!

Les Trois Chenes: Stay in our chambres d'hotes pres de Rochechouart or our three star gite. The holiday cottage or gite sleeps 7 adults in three en-suite rooms
Les Trois Chenes: Stay in our chambres d'hotes pres de Rochechouart or our three star gite. The holiday cottage or gite sleeps 7 adults in three en-suite rooms | Source
Our two star chambres d'hotes has four bedrooms and is about thirty minutes from St Junien
Our two star chambres d'hotes has four bedrooms and is about thirty minutes from St Junien | Source

Accommodation near St Junien

There are so many places to stay around the area, excellent hotels, cosy Bed and Breakfasts (or Chambres d'hotes) and self-catering holiday homes (or gites) offering great value for money. Here are just three:

The Hotel de La Boeuf Rouge

Situated in the centre of Saint Junien

57 Boulevard Victor Hugo
87200 Saint-Junien, France
Tel: 05 55 02 31 84

Les Trois Chenes (that's us) Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering holiday cottage

Situated about 30 minutes from St Junien in the heart of the country

Le Bourg

87600 Videix

Tel: 00 33 (0)5 55 48 29 84

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Les Trois Chenes 4 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Many thanks for dropping by, mydubaistay! Thanks for the vote up too.


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mydubaistay 4 years ago from Dubai

My mouth is watering... Great hub voted up!


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Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Commiserations. But the oysters, nougats, wines, fine olive oils, preserves, spirits, charcuterie ...... still loads of gorgeous French specialities to try.


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James Mark 6 years ago from York, England

Being on an anti-migraine no-cheese, no-chocolate diet a visit to this salon might be too much to bear! Thanks for another enticing aperçu of rural French culture.


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Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Many thanks Simone. Writing Hubs can be a great pleasure in more ways than one. I now feel that a visit this year is essential so that I can update the article.


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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, I'd love to attend the Saint Junien Food and Wine Festival someday- even just for the cheese alone! Great photos; great overview!

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