Your starting point has to be Uzès, famed for its twice weekly market, which on Wednesdays is dedicated to local producers of the most delicious produce – cheese, focaccias, honey, olives, saucissons . Take one of our wicker picnic baskets and pack a lunch for later or enjoy the bustle of the Place des Herbes like the locals and sip an aperitif while you watch the hustle of the market.
For those interested in a cooking experience we can arrange a cookery day locally which can include an informative trip to a local market. Vineyard tours are available and we are happy to advise on a good route and some unusual domaines to try out, or organize a tour for you. In January Uzes hosts a large and popular truffle fair, and for enthusiasts the Uzes Wine and Cookery School organizes a Wine and Truffle day for gastronomes!
For foodies, Les Halles in Nimes is paradise. The choice of stalls and foods is too great to even begin to list, but it is a fantastic spot to stock up on local goodies, wheter for a picnic or to take home. A classic French indoor market.
Honey is a regional speciality and there are many delicious varieties available, quite distinct as a result of the different vegetation in the Gard. Most notable is the ‘Miel de Chatagnier’ – from bees feeding on chestnut trees, which has a heavy smoky taste, or ‘Miel de Lavandre’ from our local lavender fields.
In the village we have a maker of the local Pelardon goats cheese, a staple in local restaurants and the ubiquitous ‘Salade au Chevre. . Another local delicacy is Tapenade, of both varieties, and from the southern part of the Gard, the wild Camargue, come the increasingly fashionable red rice and salt, of all flavours and colours!