Discover more of Auvergne’s gourmet specialities
FOURME D’AMBERT Maison de la Fourme d’ambert
29 Rue des Chazeaux 63600 Ambert Tel: (Fr) 4 73 82 49 23 maison-fourme-ambert.fr One of the five Auvergne cheeses protected by an AOP, Fourme d’ambert is also one of the oldest varieties in France. The mild blue cheese is produced in the mountains, between 600 metres and 1,500 metres high, and has a deliciously creamy texture. Take the guided tour at this museum to learn about Fourme d’ambert’s origins and production methods before heading to the old cellars for tastings.
TRUFFADE Fromagerie Nivesse
23 Place Saint-pierre 63000 Clermont-ferrand Tel: (Fr) 4 73 31 07 00 fromagerie-nivesse.fr This typically hearty auvergnat dish of potatoes and cheese originated in the Cantal département. The potatoes are sliced, seasoned with garlic and browned in lard. Once the potatoes are cooked, you add slices of Auvergne cheese – a tomme, Salers or even Fourme d’ambert – until it has melted and become stringy. Buy your cheese from this charming fromagerie opposite Clermond-ferrand’s covered market hall.
LIQUEURS AND SPIRITS Marché Saint Pierre
Place Saint-pierre 63000 Clermont-ferrand Tel: (Fr) 4 73 31 27 88 marche-saint-pierre.com Thanks to the altitude, Auvergne produces many plant-based liqueurs, spirits and aperitifs using herbs such as gentian. This yellow flower grows in the high pastures and is the main ingredient of La Gentiane. Another auvergnat spirit is Verveine du Velay, which incorporates verbena and more than 30 other plants. Apple is used in many drinks including the kirs I enjoyed at the start of most meals and Le Birlou, a sweet apple and chestnut liqueur. You can find these tipples in Clermont-ferrand’s covered market hall.