Today in La Gacilly was the soup festival, you pay €3.50 for a bowl and spoon then set off round the village tasting all the different soups. La Gacilly is an artists village, sculptors, painters, glass blowers, all manner of different trades, today most of the shops were open and the soups served in the shops.
Queuing for a bowl, I do think it would be nice if the bowls had the festival written on them.
My first soup.
This was were I tried a pear soup, delicious. Don't be surprised when this ends up on my food blog, renamed of course, Rosies Potato and pear soup.
UPDATE, the winning soup recipe is below on the right in French, for those who don't speak French heres the recipe in English
3 large parsnips
1 tsp olive oil
1 tablespoon creme fraiche
2L chicken stock
A little grated nutmeg
60gr of foie gras in jars
Peel wash and cut all the vegetables except the onion that should be minced, Cook onion in a casserole with the olive oil for 3 minutes. Add the veg and cook for a further 5 minutes.Add the nutmeg and stock, Cook for 5 mins. Add the cream and fois gras and mix.
There was many different soups to try, you only got a small amount at each, even so, many soup makers ran out of soup early, such a shame as the tasters of which I was one of 100's give scores, and there was valuable prizes to the makers of the best soup.
For me the winner was number 27, shell fish soup, it was superb and it didn't take much persuasion to get another portion. Although there wasn't a bad soup, there was lot of chestnut soups, not really my taste, very sweet.