Chitterlings & Gherkins Festival:

The village of Bèze (21 Côte d’Or, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) holds a festival to celebrate local produce 15 – 16 August 2017Fête de l’andouille et des cornichons – sounds better in French! (now discontinued!)

andouilette sausageThe andouille and andouillette are often seen throughout France, and usually take the form of a sausage made from pigs intestines! Some consider it a great delicacy – although “delicate” it is not!

The cornichon is a small pickled cucumber – similar to the gherkin, but smaller and usually not as harshly acidic as a gherkin. They make an excellent companion to cheese and foie gras – the sharpness of the cornichon cutting through the fattiness of the andouille!

The usual jollities including crowning of the “Queen of the Andouille” and “King of the Cornichon”, a firework display and a middle-ages theme!

The village of Bèze is about 30km north-east of Dijon. For more info on the Chitterlings and Gherkins Festival see

Dijon by traintgv high speed train

In France, particularly Brittany the traditional ingredients of andouille are primarily pig chitterlings, tripe, onions, wine, and seasoning. It is generally grey in color and has a distinctive odour. Also, a similar sausage is available called andouillette, literally “little andouille.” wikipedia

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