One of the highlights of a visit to the Dordogne, as with many other parts of France, is the chance to visit the local French markets.
Although most markets do now sell products aimed at the tourist market, especially during the summer months, they are still a great way to find and buy the local produce, the freshest produce, and the products of the local artisan-farmers.
There are several types of market:
- have usually been held in the same place at the same time each week for hundreds of years
Nocturnal markets (night markets)
- are held in the evenings in summer months only, and focus on eating outside in convivial surroundings - you choose your food from the market stalls that surround a central square, which is set up with tables, perhaps music and dance, etc. the produce sold comes from local farmers and producers, and is typical of the region.
- the most common in the Dordogne are perhaps the winter truffle markets, such as the one held at Thiviers.
The schedule below shows the days for many of the traditional markets in the Dordogne region. Some of these are very extensive, while some are simple small affairs, especially during the winter months:
|Town||Traditional Market Day||Night Markets (summer)|
|Auriac du Perigord||Thursday|
|La Roche Chalais||Saturday|
|Le Buisson - Cadouin||Friday|
|St Amand de Coly||Tuesday|
|Villefranche du Perigord||Saturday||Tuesday|
One little word of warning - markets in the Dordogne, as elsewhere in France, can be expensive - before you casually order a big hunk of 'cheese of the farm' or lump of 'wild-boar sausage' you might like to check the price!