Each month on the 29th, the largest market in the central-west area of France takes place in a small town called « Herolles », on the border between the ex-regions of Poitou-Charentes, Limousin and the “Centre” region!
We left Limoges at 8.30am, and after having left the A20 motorway (exit n°22) we drove our way through picturesque villages, until we found ourselves stuck in a traffic jam, in the middle of the French countryside ! Who knew what a popular market this actually was! Our tip ? Be sure to get up early if you want to make the most of this amazing event !
You can find just about anything here : clothing, shoes, handbags, scarves, pots and pans, knives, canvases, farming equipment, reseating artisans, baskets, furniture ; as well as delicious delicacies such as “broyé” (Poitou’s famous cheese), macaroons from Allassac in Corrèze, Auvergne “charcuterie” (delicatessen meats) ...
And live animals too ! Birds (various species of chickens and pigeons, peacocks, budgies, quails, geese, ducks …) as well as horses, ponies and donkeys.Another tip ? Make sure to get some cash out, before you come ! You won’t find many stands that take credit cards on the market.
Animals : An adorable black and white butterfly rabbit (incredibly soft !) and some sweet Poitou donkeys. Awww!
Local delicacies : « Les apéritifs de Laurent » : Poitou wines made with almonds, wild pears, peaches… only found on markets.
Marenne- Oléron oysters.
« Macaronés » : a type of biscuit made with egg whites, almonds and rhum : perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or coffee
What did I bring home from the market ? An amazing umbrella that never turns inside out! Great for windy weather – look out Mary Poppins, here I come!
« Foire des Hérolles » fair, each month on the 29th, all year round. The fair takes place on the following day if the 29th is a Sunday or a bank holiday. www.foire-des-herolles.fr