Hautes-Pyrénées: gourmet spring break

The holidays are coming to an end. There’s no way to go back to work without visiting the department’s gourmet and convivial destinations. Here are some addresses to end your stay in style.

Kalon cor brewery in Tarbes offers to brew its own beer

Place Marcadieu, the brewery offers you to go out with craft beers. “Every fortnight on Saturday morning we have a small group for 4 hours. Participants choose their beer upstream, they can customize their bottles. We support them in all stages of manufacturing,” says Sabine Huynh, manager. Four weeks of fermentation after the workshop, you can come out with about twenty 75cl bottles. Something to show off at night with your friends. The activity is offered for €150, alone or in pairs (for a maximum of 12 people per workshop). Your turn !

For more information: 05 67 45 77 65; www.brasseriekaloncor.fr


The Educational Farm “Les Jours Felixes” in Salechan: between cheese design and fun visits

Open all week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm during holidays, all areas combined, the farm (an association under the 1901 law) located in the heart of the Barousse landscape is full of animals (goats, cows, chickens, pigs, rabbits , etc.) .) and activities for the little ones as well as the older ones. “We offer an introduction to the cheese factory from €15 on reservation, for 2.5 hours, so that you can reproduce it later in your kitchen. We learn milking techniques, we talk about births, it’s very fun and informative, even if it requires some attention. The workshop can be done as a family, with no age limit. The objective is that everyone leaves the activity with the basics of manufacturing”, specifies Sandra Chausson, president of the association. The farm also offers a 1.5 km circuit for about 2.5 hours of walking around the farm, goat training, treasure hunts, ponies baptisms, discoveries around plant stories, animal feeding, etc. A well-stocked program built around an introduction to cheese and animal welfare.

For more information and workshop registration: 06 83 85 68 85; www.fermelesjoursheureux-65.com


At the gourmand peak, the berlingot factory

At Pico Gourmand, demonstration of berlingot making.

Here’s an address that will appeal to candy fans. Au Pic Gourmand has two stores, in Bagnères-de-Bigorre and La Mongie. “People come freely, watch and witness the production of Berlingos several times a day, for about 45 minutes. Then we organize a tasting. It is also an opportunity for us to tell the story of these bakeries and the Bédat bûchette, typical here”, rejoices Gabrielle Sempastous, the manager. A moment of sharing and discovery around local and essential sweets, such as marshmallows, fruit jellies or even pralines. The demonstrations and the pleasant smell that emanates from them will make your mouth water.

Demonstrations every day at 11:00, 15:00 and 17:30. For more information: 05 62 92 52 45 or on their Facebook page.


Le moulin de la ribère in Mauvezin: it is possible to make bread in a historic setting

This authentic family water mill, full of history, offers you to make your own bread: “We do bread events with school groups and tourists. During one day, from 9 am to 4:30 pm, a baker teaches how to work with bread. It goes through all the necessary steps, kneading, shaping, etc. As a miller, I also explain the different cereals we use, how the mill works and its beautiful and long history. It is a good time to share and respect traditions. Each participant leaves at the end of the day with the bread they made”, explains Pierre Cabarrou, miller and owner of the mill. From May 15th to October 1st, Tuesdays and Sundays at 3 pm, the mill also offers visits or throughout the year by reservation. The place has belonged to the same family for several generations. The first animation is scheduled for May 19. Bread courses are organized from a minimum of 8 adults. Count €50 per adult and €18 per child from 5 to 12 years old.

For more information: 05 62 39 05 51; www.moulindelaribere.com


Casa dos Vinhos Madiran: the wine tourism office

Tastings of local nectars at the Madiran winery.

Tastings of local nectars at the Madiran winery.

This true “wine tourism office”, located in the heart of the village of Madiran, is open from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. “In our reception room, we have a cuvée from the estate’s winegrowers. They are all represented. Wine tastings change weekly and are completely free. Without necessarily buying, the visitor can ask us for advice. We also make this very important piece of information available”, assures Sophie Lafeuillade, responsible for communication and wine tourism.

For more information: 05 62 31 90 67; www.madiran-pacherenc.com

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