Holidays in the countryside go hand in hand with an appetite for life, complete with gourmet stages.
The Gers is indeed the land of food lovers!
Every Monday morning and all year long, Samatan, the capital of foie gras, stages an open-air market, a live poultry market and one of the most important carcass and foie gras markets in the south-west. These markets contribute strongly to the dynamics of this town and reinforce the image of savoir-vivre and gourmet food in the South-West.
One of the most beautiful open-air markets in France (source: www.guide-evasion.fr). Every Monday morning, no less than 180 merchants (more than 220 in summer) keep alive the South-West way of living. In this market - unique in its mix of rurality and "people of the city" - we find local products and we still negotiate the prices. "Here we find everything from food to clothing, including home equipment," we hear frequently. And what sounds! A stroll through Samatan’s alleys is recommended.
Live poultry market
Impossible to miss this market! In the hall dedicated to waterfowl, chickens, birds and other mammals (rabbits), it is important not to miss the 10:30 a.m. whistle blow! As soon as the market opens its doors the negotiations start. A real barnyard! 100% authenticity guaranteed.
Still in the poultry market, find the authenticity of a farmer’s market: fruits, vegetables, pastries, preserves, wines, cheeses. Farmers stalls, local organic products offer a real taste of the Gers.
Marché au gras
The reputation of this market is well established. As soon as the doors open, we rush, we even scramble to obtain the best livers and the best carcasses from local producers to make our own foie gras, confits and other delights from palmipeds. This market is the most important in the Gers and one of the biggest in France with an international reputation. In this 26,000 ft2 hall an average of 15 tons of carcasses and whole animals, and 1,5 tons of geese and duck “foie gras” is sold. From October to December, these figures can reach 20 tons of fat poultry and 2 tons of foie gras, ducks and geese combined.
Our "Tables du Gers"*
A land of gastronomy, the Savès honours duck in all its forms. It is done in a creative and sometimes very surprising way... Food lovers will thoroughly enjoy the two restaurants labelled "Tables du Gers" in Samatan: La Table d’Olivier and Le Canard Gourmand.
You can also savour genuine duck cooking at L'Intervalle in Montégut-Savès or at many other restaurants. But rest assured, lovers of "on the go" meals or other cuisines of the world will also find their liking.
* Restaurants using mostly local products
Our gourmet events
You can imagine that in a gourmet area, there are plenty of food events. In addition to high end restaurants, the Savès has various events where you can titillate your taste buds in a convivial environment. In autumn, “Gascohn’a Table” highlights all Gascon culture, both culinary and cultural. An event where the best French chefs hasten to.
When the heat of summer arrives, how pleasant it is to enjoy a warm southern night. Especially when it comes with good food. Dash to Lombez to taste the Volunteer firefighters grilled sardines, the roasted beef in the heart of the village of Montpezat or indulge yourselves with Samatan’s gourmet outdoors evenings.