OYSTERS OR SHRIMPS? BAY OF THE SEINE GREAT SCALLOPS OR VALLÉE D'AUGE CHICKEN? THE MENU PROPOSED BY NORMAND CHEFS IS REALLY TEMPTING. FROM DRINKS TO MEAT, FISH, SEAFOOD, DAIRY PRODUCTS OR SUGARY DESSERTS, NORMANDY ABOUNDS WITH UNIQUE DELICACIES. DEAUVILLE, NESTLED BETWEEN SEA AND LAND, OFFERS UNIQUE REGIONAL FLAVOURS.

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Normandy, a seaside land, can be proud of its fish and shellfish richness. In this first oyster-producing region, turbots, soles and Peter's fish are abundant and great scallops are renowned.

Its agricultural richness, resulting from fertile lands, is the basis of exceptional meals as Caen tripe or "andouille de Vire" (smoked sausage).

In the Pays d’Auge, chicken, beef and lamb are perfectly accompanied with three local spirits: Pommeau, Calvados and cider. Local producers select 50 out of 750 apple varieties to obtain the “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” (AOC) for cider. Normandy is the first cider producer region of France. A local drink, the Pommeau, was born out of the meeting of apple must and Calvados, accidentally left in a barrel.

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Normandy is rich in dairy products. Butter and cream, included in several recipes, are the main secrets of the prestigious Normand cuisine. But the most renowned dairy products are four regional cheeses. The smooth “Pont l’Évêque” is the oldest of Normand cheeses and can be easily identified by its squared form. The “Livarot” is more structured in the mouth. The “Camembert”, a famous round cheese refined by gastronomes and sommeliers, remains the undisputable leader of the tray. The “Neufchâtel” joins this AOC labelled trilogy. It is thought that some young girls of Pays de Bray offered this small milk heart to their suitors during the “One hundred years war”…

If you opt for a dessert, in Normandy you’ll find the prestigious apple cake accompanied with some cream or the "teurgoule". This rice pudding, combined with a sensual tinge of cinnamon, cooked over low heat for five hours, is delicious! Feel like a little snack? You’ll enjoy the salted butter caramel of Isigny sur mer!

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