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Improvisation in medieval cooking” workshop

Are you a gourmet? Come along to our workshop on medieval gastronomy! In a real medieval kitchen, at the very end of the Grande Terrasse de la Roque Saint-Christophe, at the end of your visit. Hedi from the Compagnie de la Garde de la Salamandre will be waiting to tell you all about the herbs and spices, cereals, venison and fish caught in the Vézère Valley. Here, we were strategically positioned to make sure we didn’t miss out on anything, because nature is beautiful and generous. Mmmm, it smells good!

Medieval cooking for real!

What did people eat in the Middle Ages? Was the food bowl the same as it is today? We don’t suppose they ate hake sticks, but then what fish did they eat from the river? Did reindeer taste good? Did they eat meat often, every day? What did banquets consist of in the Middle Ages? So many questions thirsting for answers! It’ll make you hungry!

  • Also check out our article on the “Music from the Origins” animation, to learn how our ancestors made music! Rhythm, melody production, with various gleaned items and unique materials!

Seasonal ingredients

One thing’s for sure: without a fridge, we ate local, fresh, seasonal food! Between the nourishing forest, the generous Vézère and the presence of hares, birds, wild boar, deer, roe deer … As well as farm animals such as sheep, goats, cows, chickens and rabbits, we had everything we needed to feed ourselves. The food may not have always been abundant or as varied as it is today, but it was of the quality that made our ancestors robust humans!

The workshops take place on Ascension weekend and in July and August (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings). They are on the tour route and accessible at no extra charge.