There is a strong link between Quebec and Burgundy. The Collectif des Portes, our local association of Cortambert with Blanot, Bray, Chissey and Donzy, is planning a trip to Quebec for next year.
Meanwhile it collaborated with the Borgogne Québec association to bring a little bit of Quebec to us in the form of Isabeau et les Chercheurs d’Or, a very talented folk group who are presently on a tour of France, returning to Quebec in mid November. A lot of their inspiration comes from bluegrass, mixed with cajun and local folk music.
We were fortunate enough to hear them again this morning at the annual Fête des Huîtres. This is one of the most popular events in Cortambert. You can try oysters from different parts of the Atlantic Coast, Brittany, Vivier-sur-Mer, Marennes-Oléron and the Vendee. You had to get there early as one hundred dozen were polished off well before midday
The men of the village open the oysters and everyone files by to choose their selection. Then a squeeze of lemon or vinegar, and brown bread and butter.
I’m fascinated to watch as dozens of oysters are downed with great relish. I feel I am missing out by refusing to eat them. Maybe next year I’ll give it another go!