The Salon is held every year at about this time so that people can stock up on yummy holiday foods and beverages for Christmas and the New Year's. I hadn't been there for many years, so it was time to go back and see what had changed.
An artisan specializing in foods made with honey. He's cutting an enormous nougat!
The sign for the pain d'épices (look how big they are).
We arrived at about 3:30 p.m. and hit the stands. What's really fun is that you can taste the products at almost every stand. One goes from spice bread to duck pâté to chocolate to champagne within a half-hour. Granted the taste is not that much, but it's an interesting mixture of tastes nonetheless.
I couldn't help but stock up on some of my favorite goodies. Surprisingly, I bought no sweets, but lots of other good things. I bought a white wine vinegar with Acacia in it from La Haie Gourmande. Mme. T and Joe bought a few jars of organic confiture (jam) and some vinegar too.
Mme. T and husband having a hard time deciding which jams to buy.
The artisan explaining the flavors of his organic jams.
The Acacia in France is in fact a false Acacia. Here's a picture of the beautiful flowers.
For Monsieur Titi, I got him a lovely bottle of Chinon red wine. It's called L'Arcestral 2004. We'll save that for us two at Christmas.
Degusting the Chinon red wine.
The haul from the Salon -- Cassoulet, tomates sechées, vinaigre, vin rouge de Chinon.
At this site Marc Peyrey, you can buy all kinds of condiments. I bought two packages of dried tomatoes in basil oil. Yummmm!