Autumn events in Dordogne Valley


The Gourmet Celebration Days

September 26th and 27th

When gourmet taste calls, Sarlat answers! What better way to celebrate the gourmet food of the Périgord than with local pasture-fed lamb and Sarlat-style potatoes?

This event is held on the fourth weekend in September each year on Place de la Grande Rigaudie at the entrance to the medieval town. It has become a not-to-be-missed gathering for the locals, and lamb is given pride of place !

Conviviality is key on Place de la Grande Rigaudie of Sarlat! Don’t forget your basket so that you may stock up at the local farmers’ market, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The open-air meal that is held under the tents is the perfect place to enjoy grilled lamb with delicious Sarlat-style potatoes. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll appreciate the famous Périgord walnut cake.  

Early on the Sunday morning, followed the gourmet ramble, from one of the villages in the surroundings to the heart of the medieval town.

When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed by local farm stands, workshops and various demonstrations… And a taste of the traditional Tourin tomato soup offers a special flavour that celebrates the Périgord.

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The X-Trail Corrèze Dordogne  

September 26th 
Come and discover the Corrèze “terra incognita” that remains the mysterious Xaintrie on September 26, 2020.
Sponsored and traced by Thierry Breuil, the X Trail Corrèze Dordogne takes place around Argentat and winds through the gorges of the Dordogne and Maronne, between history, legends and incredible natural riches. No roads, few paths, many singles ... and a gourmet meal at the end: the successful recipe for a wild and captivating trail! 4000 m of vertical drop over the 103 km!



Two gourmet events in the Dordogne Valley

Chesnut Festival – Sunday 18th October in Beynat -  Free
Walnut Festival – Sunday 25th October in Thégra - 2 euros (free for under 12)
The opportunity to meet the small local producers of these regional specialities and even try them out : roasted chesnuts, caramelised walnuts, glazed chesnuts, walnut  tarts, jams, walnut oil… Many events are also organised around the same theme. The chance to treat yourself to some delicious autumnal pleasures!



The Sarlat Film Festival

November 10th to 14th

Each year around mid-November, film lovers meet up at the Sarlat Film Festival. For the five days of this event, the town of Sarlat pays tribute to the 7th art.

For this major event in Sarlat, head for Cinéma Rex in the centre of town.

From the festival’s official selection, which presents the best productions of the moment, and the “Tour du Monde” selection of foreign films, you’ll discover very different world throughout the various darkened rooms.

Secondary school students following literary studies with a cinema major come to Sarlat from all over France for the Sarlat Film Festival.

More than 600 students in their final year of secondary studies gather for the film-oriented lectures and encounters each year at the Sarlat film centre.

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