My husband has decided he'd like to spend our next holiday in Normandy doing some cider drinking. I thought it would be nice to go during harvest time and see what other food-based activities we could take in. (Actually, doesn't have to be Normandy- basically, northern-ish France so we don't have to drive very far to get there.)
We will either take the ferry over with our car, or take the Eurostar over and then rent a car. We'll probably spend a week there, and we're pretty flexible with the specific timing.
A French colleague has pointed out some apple, cider and food festivals in Caudebec-en-Caux, Sainte-Opportune-la-Mare, Vimoutiers, Lessay, and Rouen.
I wanted to ask this board if anyone has experience of these or other fetes around autumn time in Normandy. I'm thinking of staying in chambres d'hotes or renting a self-catering place. A place where we can cook is sounding nice, because then we don't have to just look longingly at fresh foods at markets- we can actually buy them and cook them.
I've found the long "Eating and Sleeping Outside of Paris" thread and am going through it very carefully.
Thanks for any help.