1. The Toute la Mer sur un Plateau [All the Sea on a Plate] festival takes place on the port of Granville, meaning that you can pretty much eat fresh fish and seafood straight off the fishing boats…
2. Granville is France’s number one shellfish port, so if anyone can put on a cracking shellfish-themed festival, it’s certainly this town!
3. Last year, no fewer than 50,000 people flooded into Granville for this popular festival – we reckon that’s an endorsement if any.
4. Several tons of oysters, scallops, mussels, shrimps, whelks and lobsters are caught and brought into Granville for the festival, where visitors can then enjoy them with a refreshing glass of kir.
5. All the Sea on a Plate attracts not just Frenchies, but people hailing from all over the place (including my three journalists and me!) so the event has a real cosmopolitan feel to it.
6. Live music will be played all weekend right on the quais, so why not enjoy a jog to a sea shanty or two?
7. Also on the agenda are cooking workshops, a food market, tastings, activities for children, film screenings and an exhibition that looks into the life of a fisherman.
8. Around the harbour is an assortiment of restaurants and food stalls, so visitors can dine al fresco and look out over the picturesque port, whether from a terrasse or one of the many benches set up especially for the festival.
9. In addition to all the fab food on offer, you can also peruse the many wine, clothes and arts and crafts stalls, and take back home some souvenirs of Granville.
10. You could even make the most of your stay by visiting the Christian Dior Museum, which is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the famous designer’s childhood in Granville and his 22 post-war collections.
‘All the Sea on a Plate’ takes place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September. For more information, visit the Granville Terre & Mer website.
For more information on food and drink in Normandy, visit the Normandy Tourist Board website.
Cover photo © Kevin14 / Fotolia | Text and all other photos: Fran Lambert / Normandy Tourist Board