Cuisine of the Auvergne
The heritage of the Auvergne stretches back to an era when agriculture was the prime industry of the region, with the isolated setting assuring that the development of any produce was inspired by the region itself. And, while the gastronomy of the Auvergne has long since grown and taken inspiration from far and wide, there remains a local industry thriving at the heart of central France.
A taste of tradition
The cuisine of the Auvergne encapsulates a range of authentic flavours, with hearty rural dishes such as the traditional Potee Auvergnate casserole offering a tantalising combination of simple French ingredients. Featuring locally sourced pork meat, cabbage, potatoes, and a mixture of herbs all slow cooked together, this regional speciality provides you with the chance to savour a true taste of the Auvergne.
Prestigious dairy produce
While the Potee Auvergnate represents one of the area’s most established flavours, it is the cheeses that epitomise the cuisine and heritage of the Auvergne. Responsible for over a quarter of France’s Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) labelled cheeses, the world-renowned Bleu d'Auvergne, Saint-Nectaire, Cantal, Salers, and Fourme d'Ambert cheeses are a delicacy in themselves, each infused with diverse and distinctive tastes, and produced with care among the towns of the province.
Of course, it wouldn’t be fine cuisine without something for those with a sweet tooth, and the dining opportunities of the Auvergne won’t disappoint. There is acclaim for the pastilles and candied fruit of Vichy, while a selection of delicious desserts such as caramelised apples in pastry and the renowned blueberry Tarte aux Myrtilles ensure that each gastronomic experience comes to a mouth-watering and satisfying conclusion.
Those with a penchant for fine wine and traditional liquors will discover a host of options throughout the Auvergne, with the PDO-listed Saint-Pourçain the pick of a selection of light, fresh, and fruity wines designed to complement the great cheeses of the region. The Côtes d’Auvergne may well represent a small appellation of just over 400 hectares, but the selection of white, rose and red wines available promises a refreshing an inexpensive means of enjoying a taste of central France.