The International Black Pudding Festival

The International Black Pudding Festival, Mortagne-au-Perche

It started in the 60s when a local mechanic & pudding fan organised a black pudding challenge. There were eight competitors. Now around 800 turn up from across Europe to do boudin battle at this prestige event. It even has a dedicated fraternity with their very own robes: the Brotherhood of Black Pudding Knights. Very serious is the business of judging and eating boudin, but if you want to opt out, there's plenty more on offer from Normandy's famous cuisine. Amid the highlights, be sure not to miss the fierce cook-off between local chefs and celebrity rivals, many from Michelin-starred restaurants across France.

When: March
More info: +33(0)233 833 437,

Weekly markets

Weekly markets

Get the best produce, directly from those who produce it. There's a market somewhere in Orne every day of the week.


Apple & cider festivals - Vimoutiers

A major celebration of all things apple, including best cider and best apple pie competitions, cider tasting, rural crafts, farmers' market.

When: October
More info: +33 (0)233 398 060

Cidrerie traditionnelle du perche


L'Hermitière cider farm is the meeting point for a day of tastings, visits to cellars and a farmers' market.

More info: +33 (0)237 496 730.

Horse-powered cider presses

Saint Cyr-la-Rosière

Horse-powered cider presses, countryside crafts related to the art of cider making, cider tasting.  Entertainment for kids.

More info: +33 (0)233 734 806.

Ecomusée du Sap

Le Sap

A weekend of traditional cider making, including apple harvesting & pressing on site (with traditional, horse-powered press).

More info: +33 (0)233 352 589.