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No matter where you travel in the Gard, your table will be a happy one. It’s only natural that the exceptional weather of these rich and diversified terroirs yields nothing but beautiful and tasty delicacies. Carefully tended and enhanced by the excellent work of local producers, these ingredients will lure you along a culinary journey. In the Gard there’s no quarter given when quality’s in question: for over 20 years the Militant du Goût label has ensured that this is the case. What’s more, the Gard department holds a proud second place for organic production in France, with more than 760 producers and nearly 20,000 hectares of cropland.
The lists of AOP and IGP distinctions – those tough-to-land labels – are as long as a gastronomic menu: Pélardon Cheese, Nîmes Olives and Olive Oil, Cévennes Mild Onions, Nîmes Strawberries, Cévennes Chicken and Capon, Camargue Bull Meat and Rice and soon Cévennes Chestnuts and Honey as well. Still hungry? Then let’s tempt your taste buds with truffles and cepe mushrooms, asparagus, Reinettes du Vigan apples, salt cod brandade, tapenade and all the fruit and vegetables that the generous Mediterranean brings forth.
And then, for those of you who don’t mind a moderate spell under the influence of Bacchus, you’ll truly find yourselves in seventh heaven. Between the AOP Côtes du Rhône Village wines of Laudun, Chusclan, Signargues and Saint-Gervais, and those of Lirac, Tavel, Bellegarde Clairette, Côtes du Vivarais, Costières de Nîmes, Languedoc or Duché d’Uzès and the IGP Cévennes, Sable de Camargue, and Coteaux du Pont du Gard, you’ll need to be relatively robust to be able to compare them all. A tip: pack a little Perrier water, since its springs are located here and can even be visited
« A summer dish that’s easy to make or simply to sample? I’d say it’s the brandade, especially since it’s the local historical specialty. »
Michel Kayser, Alexandre restaurant, 2 Michelin stars
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Four French ministries (Culture, Tourism, Environment and Agriculture) helped design this concept, drawing up a select list of 100 Sites Remarquables du Goût in 1995. This label denotes: territorially-emblematic food products awash in renown and past history, a unique environmental and architectural heritage, and a public welcome where one can explore the ties linking food product, cultural heritage, landscape and people.
In the Gard three sites have been honoured with this label:
- the Meadows and Marshes of the Tour Carbonnière - Camargue AOP bull meat,
- the Terraces of the Mont Aigoual - Cévennes AOP mild onions,
- the Pays de Nîmes olivettes - Nîmes AOP olives and olive oil
The museum offers a fun and mouth-watering tour through the history of the bonbons first concocted in a humble laundry room by Hans RIegel de BOnn (HARIBO). Move from his first teddy bear candy creations through to today’s diversified production lines for sweets and other goodies. The famous candies will share trade secrets with the sweet-toothed among us – a real treat for young and old!
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