Am not sure if it is a French saying but I heard many times people declare “Dans le Gers on mange bien” meaning that in the department of Gers in the south west of France they eat well.
Before the French Revolution, what is now the department of Gers was the heart of the royal province of Gascony – that included nowadays departments of Landes and Haute-Pyrenees – and the birth place of not only such famous characters as D’Artagnan, the King’s musketeer, but also of another French celebrity: the foie gras.
Gascony is famous in France for its gastronomy: main traditional dishes include duck breast, duck confit – prepared after a centuries-old recipe that consists of salt curing the duck meat and then cooking it in its own fat – , the croustade – a usually sweet dish called also Pastis Gascon -, Gascon black pork ham, etc.
Each year to celebrate the Gascon gastronomy and traditions, the little town of Samatan, Gers’s “capital of foie gras and well-being” organizes the festival “Gasconh’à Table”.
Some images from the 2017 edition of the festival:
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!