Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fete de la Chevre 2015 Celles-sur-Belle

French Village Diaries Fete de la Chevre 2015 Celles-sur-Belle
Fête de la Chèvre 2015

Today was a tasty day.

Today was the day the local town of Celles-sur-Belle held an all day event celebrating the deliciousness that is goats cheese, the Fête de la Chèvre.


French Village Diaries Fete de la Chevre 2015 Celles-sur-Belle
The tasting table
We carefully planned our arrival for the opening of Le Grand Plateau or the big platter where a 1€ ticket gave you access to one of the largest and heavily laden tables of assorted goats cheese in the world. Last time we went to this event, a few years ago, the tasting table was free and I have a feeling that our gluttony at being presented with a free-for-all chèvre feast has necessitated the 1€ charge this year.


French Village Diaries Fete de la Chevre 2015 Celles-sur-Belle
Clever cheese displays
The producers were there to chat and explain the differences between the cheeses and every cheese was different, trust me I tried them all. In terms of texture there was everything from runny, to soft, to hard. The flavours ranged from mild, creamy and subtle, to strong and very strong. The cheeses came in all shapes and sizes and were displayed with real attention to detail and arty flair.


French Village Diaries Fete de la Chevre 2015 Celles-sur-Belle
Fromages de Chèvre
We also visited the Maison des Fromages de Chèvres, a small museum dedicated to all things goat, where we watched a demonstration of how to make goats cheese.


French Village Diaries Fete de la Chevre 2015 Celles-sur-Belle
Artistic cheese displays
My eyes were certainly bigger than my belly when it came to cruising the table, filling my plate, pausing to nibble and taste before filling it up some more. Interestingly, our French friends from the village who were also there confirmed the French have the same saying, but at least I got to bring some cheese home to enjoy this evening with a glass of wine.


French Village Diaries Fete de la Chevre 2015 Celles-sur-Belle
My leftover cheese


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