Medieval buildings in Dijon, France
Artichokes at a food market in Dijon, France
Cheese at a food market in Dijon, France
Medieval buildings in Dijon, France
Artichokes at a food market in Dijon, France
Cheese at a food market in Dijon, France
Medieval buildings in Dijon, FranceArtichokes at a food market in Dijon, FranceCheese at a food market in Dijon, France

Discover Dijon, the ultimate gourmet getaway

The gourmet history of Dijon began with the first Duke of Burgundy who rebuilt the city to become the capital of his duchy. Soon the city became a centre of arts and architecture attracting nobility of the country. Only the best of the country’s produce and the most experienced of chefs would do to satisfy the demanding residents, some of whom are long gone but the tradition of fine food is still very much present.

By JAY KAY
  • 1. The ultimate culinary event of France

    Every Autumn, typically in November, Dijon hosts Dijon Gastronomic Fair, a rendezvous with the best of world’s cuisines no bona fide foodie would ever miss.

    The town fills up to the brim with those who come to cook and those who come to sample. The Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair is an event that farmers, growers, famous chefs and others involved in the catering industry prepare for throughout the year to showcase their craft. Every year another country of the world is invited to infuse the occasion with their traditional flavours and culinary heritage.

  • 2.The one and only farmers market

    So popular among the locals and visitors alike, the Dijon farmers market takes place daily under the roof of the historic Les Halles.

    The 19th-century building designed by Gustave Eiffel hosts a myriad of produce from all over France as well as Span and Italy. Fish, fruit, vegetables, and other merchandise come in all forms known to mankind.

    Only few steps from the ancient Palais des Ducs and just as visited, the farmers market is one of the definite things to do in Dijon if you don’t get a chance to attend the annual gastronomic fair.

  • 3. French finest export

    Your gourmet visit to Dijon wouldn’t be complete without popping into its world famous mustard shop Maille.

    Picking up a jar off a supermarket shelf can never convey the story behind this brand. On the other hand setting your foot in the intimate historic store Maille Dijon will expose you to a mesmerising variety of this French export that is rumoured to taste best if purchased here.

    The shop, found on 32 Rue de la Liberté, has dijon mustard on tap which is made according to the traditional recipe using only local ingredients. Once you get home, open it and compare it to the one you buy at your local shop – quite a difference.

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14 October 2011