French and Normandy gastronomy are given the place of honour in Rouen every day, but even more so during two big events: Fête du Ventre Festival and the Festival of Gastronomy.
The Fête du Ventre Festival
Created in 1935, the Festival of the Stomach and the Festival of Norman gastronomy of Rouen have become the unmissable food events for the region. The first one takes place in the historic town centre around Place du Vieux Marché and Rue Rollon on the third weekend of October.
Over the weekend, the streets are invaded by producers in traditional Normandy costume. Locally farmed products which are the gastronomic heritage and pride and joy of the region are available to taste and put on sale. Apples, cheeses, ciders, meat, dairy products, jams and sweet treats all await you. Top chefs, artisans and local producers man the stalls which promote local Normandy specialities. These two days of celebration are an unmissable event for foodies and gourmets.
In September, the Festival of Gastronomy also brings the city of Rouen to life. In 2011, following the inscription of the gastronomic meal of the French on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Festival of Gastronomy was created: events, tastings, direct sales from the producer, workshops and demonstrations.
Discover Rouen and the Seine Valley in the colours of its local gastronomy.