Winter events in Dordogne Valley



Goose festival Fest'Oie : 3rd & 4th of March


As the salamander is the emblem of Sarlat, so the goose is clearly that of its land.

In the Dordogne, the humane reproduction of this web-footed creature dates back 20000 years. Clearly, the foie gras tradition is well anchored in history.


So every year, at the beginning of March, Sarlat celebrates the animal which has become its mascot and invites us to the celebrations.

The festival is Sarlat Fest’oie and it will take place the 3rd and 4th of March 2018.

Noisy gaggles of geese honk across the medieval town; there are stalls where you can taste the food on offer, each more tempting than the other; “la soupe de carcasse” (carcass soup), a truly local traditional dish, is on offer to warm you up; there’s a traditional music band for ambience, and workshops and demonstrations for young and old alike. 

It takes place in the presence of the farmers who work to maintain the quality of this authentic product. They take great pleasure in explaining their skills to you.

And of course the Sarlat Fest’oie would not be the Sarlat Fest’oie without its great banquet. It is THE gastronomic event not to be missed.

A feast the like of which you have rarely seen. A meal where you can have as much foie gras as you desire and where the top Sarlat chefs produce the best of the traditional ways of cooking “l’oie grasse” , using all their talents to bring the produce to the table.      


For the visit of the goose farm please make you reservation at the tourist Office of Sarlat at 0033 5 53 31 45 45.

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Following the sheep to their summer pasture : An unusual 5-day hike starting on the 10th April in Rocamadour


Hundreds of sheep depart from Rocamadour to reach summer pasture on the 14th April.

Called “ La Transhumance”, this traditional event celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Following the pace of the flock, this hike is a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of the countryside and make unusual encounters.


To take part (for 1 day or more) and to find out details on transportation, tracks or handicap access, go to