Widely appreciated in Normandy, this sparkling drink has been entitled to its own celebration for 50 years. Review of this event not to be missed in the region.
“Beverage resulting from the fermentation of apple juice or a mixture of apples and pears, extracted with or without the addition of water”: this is how cider is defined in the Larousse. On the side of the town hall of Beuvron-en-Auge, the definition is a bit more poetic: “A clear effervescent drink of orange-yellow to golden color which presents a fine, white and persistent foam.” Each year, this beverage is put in the spotlight during a one-of-a-kind event: the Cider Festival, in Beuvron-en-Auge.
The Cider Festival: entertainment
Here, it is the cider products that are given pride of place each year. This celebration takes place over one day, usually in October, when the apple harvest ends.
The Cider and Apple Festival is making a comeback on October 23, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 18 p.m.
During this day, you will be able to attend many workshops:
- Le pressing of apples from the communal orchard, place Michel Vermughen, with a large press (possibility to leave with your freshly squeezed apple juice).
- THEfloral art workshop and giant wooden games in the arts and crafts area, with a small press for children. They can also leave with their homemade apple juice.
- The encounter with local producers in the town of the village: ciders, dairy products, vegetables, meats, fruits, organic, local or permaculture products are honoured.
In 2019, the folk dance group La Normand'hier (straight from Lisieux) animated the village and took a few steps in the streets of Beuvron-en-Auge. In 2022, an orchestra will take over. A beautiful atmosphere in perspective which will certainly make you want to discover the shops of the village, where the traders will welcome you to present their articles to you.
This year, the mayors of Barfleur, Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, Veules-les-Roses, Lyons-la-Forêt and Bec-Hellouin, all classified as the Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy, will meet in Beuvron-en-Auge to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the association of the Most Beautiful Villages of France but also the 50th anniversary of the Cider Festival.
Cider, yes! But with what?
In France, it is customary to consume cider on a very specific occasion: the Galette des Rois. But in Normandy, there is not really any seasonality. It is drunk throughout the year, with a few local dishes to bring out the sweetness and sweetness of the drink. You can combine it for example with:
- Livarot, a typical regional cheese, from a village of the same name (Livarot-en-Auge). We opt for a raw cider.
- Seafood (mussels, gray shrimps) that you can buy on the Normandy fishermen's markets, such as the one in Dives-sur-Mer. Here, we will favor a semi-dry cider.
- Orange-based desserts, such as Norman fondant, for example. It can very well be accompanied by a sweet cider.
Your favorite dish is not listed above? Don't panic: very low in alcohol, cider (sweet, semi-dry or raw dry) goes well with a multitude of dishes and sweets from the region - such as Pont-l'Évêque, blue eggs, madeleines or even the Cockles of Cabourg. We had drawn up a non-exhaustive list of them in a dedicated article.
Alcohol abuse is dangerous for health. To consume with moderation.
Beuvron-en-Auge: “Most Beautiful Villages in France”
Old manor, old inn and half-timbered houses: Beuvron-en-Auge is the heritage of several centuries in terms of architecture. It is therefore no surprise that it is one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France and that we regularly recommend it to discover the beautiful region of the Pays d'Auge.
Places not to be missed in the picturesque city of Calvados:
- The village square, which sits in the heart of the historic center of Beuvron-en-Auge. It is surrounded by old houses, and bordered by the “Vieux Manoir”. What have the impression of diving into the decor of Beauty and the Beast.
- The Saint-Martin Church, built in 1640 and restored by the ASPECT association, which houses an XNUMXth century master hotele century, as well as a polyphonic organ signed Louis Debierre. You can also discover the presbytery and the cemetery, delicately planted with century-old yews.
- The three mansions (including the Manoir du Lieu Hocquart and the Manoir de la Hogue), built in the XNUMXe and XVIIthe centuries, which are all classified as Historic Monuments.
- The former Boule d'Or inn, which dates from the XNUMXthe century.
- The halls of Beuvron-en-Auge, which have been restored in full respect of the construction techniques of yesteryear (with materials used in the old farms).
- La Maison du Haras, a sublime red stone building now transformed into a welcoming gîte.
And if this dreamlike walk in the heart of Beuvron-en-Auge, punctuated by cider tasting, made you happy, do not hesitate to discover the rest of the Pays d'Auge — which, like the whole region of Normandy, has many nuggets to offer.