Culinary Tour of Normandy’s Pays d’Auge

Embarking on a food tour from Lisieux through the heart of Normandy’s cheese and cider country is a journey into the soul of French gastronomy. Here’s a detailed description of what such a tour might entail:

Departure from Lisieux Your culinary adventure begins in the town of Lisieux, known for its rich history and as a gateway to the Pays d’Auge. From here, you’ll set out to explore the lush countryside, dotted with apple orchards and dairy farms that produce some of France’s most beloved cheeses, ciders, Pommeau and Calvados.

Camembert: The King of Cheeses Camembert, where the world-famous cheese of the same name was born. You’ll visit a cheese museum where the cheese is still made using traditional methods, and you’ll learn about the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) that ensures the authenticity of Camembert de Normandie. A tasting session will introduce you to the creamy, earthy flavors of true Camembert, paired perfectly with a glass of local cider.

Livarot and Pont-l’Évêque: Cheese Connoisseurs’ Delight Next, you’ll head to the villages of Livarot and Pont-l’Évêque, each home to a cheese that bears its name. Livarot, often referred to as “The Colonel” for its distinctive stripes, offers a strong, pungent aroma and a rich, savory taste. Pont-l’Évêque, on the other hand, is known for its smooth, delicate flavor and soft, creamy texture. These cheeses are best enjoyed with a sip of Calvados, the apple brandy that is another of Normandy’s prized products.

Pont-l’Évêque is also a Cider and Calvados Lover’s Haven, you’ll delve into the world of Normandy cider, visiting estates where apples are transformed into the sparkling, golden liquid. The Route du Cidre, a scenic drive through the area, provides a picturesque backdrop for your exploration. You’ll taste different varieties of cider and Calvados, from the sweet and fruity to the dry and robust, and learn about the fermentation process that gives each one its unique character.

 

Lunch at Le Moulin du Fossard

Former 19th-century grain mill on the Orbiquet river. By restoring the wheel and mechanism, they have succeeded in bringing this beautiful heritage back to life, while at the same time creating a modern restaurant in a bucolic setting.

Beaumont-en-Auge and Beuvron-en-Auge: Picturesque Villages The tour continues to Beaumont-en-Auge and Beuvron-en-Auge, two villages known for their well-preserved half-timbered houses and vibrant history. In Beaumont-en-Auge, you might visit the birthplace of Pierre-Simon Laplace, a renowned mathematician and astronomer. Beuvron-en-Auge, recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in France, offers a step back in time with its market halls and manor houses.
Return to Lisieux As the tour concludes, you’ll return to Lisieux, carrying with you the flavors and memories of Normandy. The town’s train station offers convenient departures to various destinations, allowing you to continue your journey or head back home with a basket full of local delicacies.

This is a snapshot of the gastronomic delights awaiting you on a food tour from Lisieux. The combination of cheese, cider, and the charm of Normandy’s villages creates an unforgettable experience that tantalizes the taste buds and captures the essence of French culinary heritage.

Fall dates during te apple harvest TBD

One Day Private Tour from and to Lisieux 315 per person (4 persons required)

Reservations and details: Terrance@paris-expat.com

Theses prices include :

- Expert guide - Driver for the day,
- Tasting of Cheese, Cider, Calvados

Class V Mini-Van

Lunch

Does not include train to and from Lisieux

Reservations: Terrance at Paris-expat.com




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