Sarlat Truffle Festival (Fête de la Truffe)

Every year, mid-January

During this weekend-long event created by the Groupement des Producteurs de Truffes du Périgord Noir and the city of Sarlat, you may participate in various activities on the theme of this emblematic mushroom.

A number of workshops are open to the general public to reveal all the subtleties of the truffle, such as workshops on truffle identification and aroma or informed truffle purchasing.

A large truffle market will be held over the weekend, featuring an abundance of fresh truffles as well as derived products and related items (such as books and live truffle oaks).

Truffle-hunting demonstrations with trained dogs will take place twice a day in the trufflery to be set up on Place du Peyrou (the cathedral square).

But what would the truffle festival be without a taste?

Chefs from the Sarlat area will be selling truffle "Croustous" so that you may enjoy truffles to your heart's content. To learn to prepare truffles yourself, you may take part in cooking classes: a renowned chef will instruct each group of eight people in creating a truffle-based dish.

The truffle festival has also given rise to the Académie Culinaire du Foie gras et de la Truffe (Foie Gras and Truffle Culinary Academy).

This organisation enables young culinary talents to express themselves while participating in the preservation of the French gourmet heritage by focusing on two emblematic products, foie gras and truffles.

Eight students studying cookery in professional or technical schools all over France will compete for the Trophée Jean Rougié.

The contest is supervised by Jean-Luc Danjou, Meilleur Ouvrier de France and Training Manager of l’Ecole du Foie Gras Rougié in Pau. It will be judged by a jury of eleven star-rated chefs presided by Régis Marcon (a three-star chef in the Michelin Guide and 1995 winner of the Bocuse d’Or).

The Academy will also feature foie gras and truffle cookery demonstrations by star-rated chefs.