Saturday, 11 February 2012

Marchés aux truffes de Marigny-Marmande

We had the opportunity to visit the Marchés aux truffes at Marigny-Marmande today.


The Salle Polyvalente was packed with visitors and representatives of the various "Confreries" both local and from further afield.


We were more interested in these costumes than the truffles - until we spotted the price of them...

and for the 'Truffe extra'...


No wonder these stall holders are double checking the weight...


For a rather more modest fee you could enjoy a slice of bread spread with truffle butter...


Or for a more lasting purchase, small oak saplings containing the spores necessary to produce truffles were on sale alongside (amongst others) saffron, vanilla pods, local wine and crystalised fruits.


The whole event was over by 13:30, but it was full of camaraderie and a real pride and sense of the importance and value of "terroir".

 
And, of course, the most interesting neck wear!


The question is did we buy any?

5 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I am sure we would not have bought any, maybe an oak sapling if it was within price range. No, we have no kids to hand it on to by the time everything was grown we would no longer be here:(
The costumes though are amazing. I have never tasted truffle and at those prices I am never likely to!! Maybe you had a slice of bread with truffle butter, or maybe you are richer than we are :) Diane

Susan said...

A walnut sized truffle should cost you about €20, an egg sized one about €30. I hope you bought one and have put it in a jar with some eggs for a few days.

Lesley said...

I often watch on TV the chefs grating/shaving a truffle over a dish and wonder if it is really worth all the fuss and expense. We don't eat in such resturants and will probably go though life without the experience. The event looked like a winner with the costumes. Did anyone bring their dog or pig to be congratulated?

Jean said...

The French do love dressing up, don't they ??!!
I have never knowingly eaten truffles and do wonder if they are worth splashing out on. Something tells me you probably didn't !!

Colin and Elizabeth said...

In case you're wondering....
Diane, you're absolutely right in every aspect. We are unlikely to taste them and if we knew we were going to live into our hundreds... then perhaps we'd have bought a sapling!

Susan, that's an interesting way to approximate cost but to be honest I like my eggs to taste of ...well, egg!

Lesley, yes there was one dog there, though we didn't stay to see it congratulated in a formal sense.

And Jean, yes the dressing up is great to see. I suspect we wouldn't consider truffles worth splashing out on and you're absolutely right - we didn't!!