Uzès is famous for French truffles. Black ones. Pigs and dogs sniff them out from beneath the roots of trees.
Truffles in Uzès
Before I moved to France, I knew very little about truffles. This naive southern belle thought truffles only came in a fancy gold box from Godiva. My favorite truffle was a divine, creamy dark chocolate.
Now I know that a truffle is a fungus, not a chocolate, and it’s a culinary delicacy, a fungus that can cost tens of thousands of euros per kilogram.
Each year, Uzès goes all out to celebrate truffle season. The celebration can last almost a month, with many truffle-themed activities occurring in and around town. The festival’s peak weekend is towards the end of the month with various truffle hunts, a truffle market, a blessing over truffles in the Cathedral, and a big money-making truffle auction.
Since this year is my fourth time attending the Tuffé Féte, I’ve taken in many of the events. It’s hard to choose, but I believe going on a truffle hunt last year was one of my favorites. It started with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Uzès and ended with a very classy truffle and wine tasting at the elegant 17th century Hôtel Particulier, La Maison d’Uzès.
Join me on this video tour and see for yourself. Truffles in Uzès,
Better yet, join me next year for Truffles in Uzès!