Truffles, walnuts, foie gras: our 3 addresses to discover all you need to know about Dordogne Valley flavours

The Dordogne Valley is known throughout the world for its gastronomic heritage. Zoom on 3 museum-boutiques where you can learn and taste whilst filling your shopping basket.

Truffles galore

Just 20 minutes from Périgueux, in the town of Sorges, at the very heart of White Périgord, the Truffle Ecomuseum offers a comprehensive overview of the tuber melanosporum, the Périgord truffle.
Each part of the tour unveils the mysteries of the black diamond, from mycorrhization through to harvesting and also presents the way to exhale the fragrances as well as the history of truffle-growing in the region.
Pursue your exploration on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (with a guide) along the interpretative trail to discover everything there is to know about the fauna and flora particular to truffle areas.
Truffle Ecomuseum
In Sorges.
Open on weekdays from 9:30am to 6:30pm and at weekends from 9:30am to 12:30pm and from 2:40pm to 6:30pm.
Information on +33 (0)5 53 05 90 11.

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Walnuts galore

The setting is superb: an 18th-century farmhouse nestling at the heart of a 7-hectare organic walnut orchard, at the foot of the fortress of Castelnaud (1h20 from Brive and from Périgueux). The perfect site for discovering how walnut oil is made (pressing every afternoon from Monday to Friday) in keeping with traditions, plus direct tasting as soon as it comes out of the press. A documentary film, a discovery stroll through the walnut orchard and a gourmet stop-off at the boutique to fill up on virgin oils from the mill and from the site’s production base complete the visit

Walnut Ecomuseum
In Castelnaud-la-Chapelle (towards the castle).
Open daily from 10am to 7pm.
Prices: €5, €4 for 10-17 year olds.
Tel: +33 (0)5 53 59 69 63.

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Foie gras galore

In the historic centre of Thiviers (30 minutes from Périgueux), at the Maison du Foie Gras, goose and duck foie gras are the stars of the show in this 450 m² scenography.
Over two floors, one of the greatest gastronomic icons of Périgord tells its story from Prehistory to the current day, explains the various modes of preparation, invites children to play games (along with a culinary workshop on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3pm), proposes recipes, talks about jobs and… invites to taste!

Maison du foie gras
In Thiviers, 8 Place Foch.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 6pm, Sundays and public holidays from 9am to 12:30pm.
Prices, free-as-you-please visit with tasting: €5; €2.50 for 11-18 year olds.
Tel: +33 (0)5 53 55 12 50.

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