June 1 2011 by BW Innsider
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You do not have to be a cheese lover to enjoy France, but if you are, this is certainly the destination country for you.
Every region has its own specialty, and what is regarded as special in one place may not be so in another. A French proverb holds that "there is a different French cheese for every day of the year." Apart from the joy of taste, consuming cheese has many benefits. It's rich in protein, phosphorus, calcium, and many more essential nutrients.
One of Europe's grand old cities, Biarritz, comprising beautiful beaches set against a backdrop of magnificent mountains, also offers some of the world's finest handmade cheeses. The region is the place to go for all things produced from sheep's milk. Biarritz's specialty, fresh curd sheep's milk, , as well as many other local Basque delicatessen treats such as sausages, cheese, fresh herbs, fresh fruit and vegetables can be found in the French market at Les Halles. This and Biarritz's other numerous markets are an experience not to be missed.
If romance is your fancy, the French have infused it into their cheese, with the island of Corsica serving as home to some of the most romantic cheeses. Brin d'Amour, which translates to "little bit of love," will certainly leave a lingering impression. Also known as Fleur du Marquis, this cheese is made with dried rosemary, juniper berry, and chilli pepper, for a rustic, delicate, and elegant taste. Corsican cheese is lovingly made from a combination sheep and goat milk with the most popular variety being the brocciu. While brocciu is considered a local specialty on the island, it has also been awarded an Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC) quality assurance label, making it all the more special. Cheese is a tradition in Corsica.
One of the most intriguing and popular places in France is the delightful village of Camembert. Home to the world-famous Camembert cheese, this quaint village and its host region, Normandy, offer visitors the chance to taste a most exquisite, world-renowned cheese. This delectable product became so popular, Napoleon III named it Camembert to honour its origin. Normandy is a charming region where visitors can enjoy fine French wine with the finest Camembert cheese. Remember to also say cheese when taking souvenir photos!
Perpignan features a treat for cheese lovers with its festival in Thuir in Place de La Republique. A chance to meet the many cheese makers from the area and taste their mouth-watering produce is a true taste sensation.
Another 'cheesy' event is the annual festival hosted by the Village of Rocamadour. Thousands gather Rocamadou every June for the largest cheese festival in the south of France. Its specialty includes goat and Roquefort cheeses among other delectable such as lamb, duck and goose. When 40 producers from 15 regions come to Rocamadour featuring their culinary creations, a taste bud explosion of delightful surprises is born.