Beef bourguignon, poached eggs, gingerbread… Burgundy specialties to taste in Dijon
On a visit to Dijon, you have taken the Chouette route, this one-hour marked walk that takes you to discover the city’s unmissable sites – half-timbered houses, art deco buildings or even the Dukes’ palace – and would like to sustain? You will be spoiled for choice, as the region is full of delicious culinary specialties.
On the savory side, we start with snails à la bourguignonne, prepared with butter flavored with garlic and parsley, before attacking the famous beef bourguignon, a recipe cooked with red Burgundy wine. Without forgetting the Burgundian cheeses, starting with the emblematic Cîteaux, a cheese made by the monks, but also the palet de Bourgogne, the Mâconnais or the Cendré de Vergy. Burgundy sweet specialties are not to be outdone, with essential sweets such as Dijon gingerbread, nonnettes and Jacquelines. As many dishes as you can find in the last artisanal gingerbread factory in inner-city Dijon: Mulot and Petitjean.
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Dijon mustard, a must
There is one specialty in particular that has long been exported beyond the borders of Burgundy: Dijon mustard. It is said that even Barack Obama would have succumbed to its charm when he was president! Consumed since Antiquity, this spicy condiment has become emblematic of Burgundy, with a decree protecting the famous Dijon mustard published in 1937.
However, the cultivation of the plant used to prepare this recipe declined – and almost disappeared – in the region after the Second World War. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, 90% of the production consumed in France is still produced around Dijon, but Canadian mustard seeds are also widely used in the production of mustard.
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The Burgundy vineyard, one of the oldest in France, produces some of the most prestigious wines in the world, with more than 80 appellations d’origine contrôlée. 4,000 vineyards extend over an area of approximately 30,000 hectares, and produce wines from two main grape varieties: pinot noir and chardonnay.
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The Burgundian terroir has its own term to designate its wine-growing terroirs: the climates. The latter were listed as UNESCO heritage on July 4, 2015, an entry that recognizes the unique character of Burgundy’s wine heritage.
The International City of Gastronomy and Wine, the new epicenter of wine tourism in Dijon
This rich heritage is to be discovered in a new place which will open on May 6, 2022 in the heart of Dijon: the International City of Gastronomy and Wine, whose ambition is to “telling and bringing to life the values of the ‘Gastronomic Meal of the French’ and the ‘Climats of the Burgundy vineyard'”.
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It is actually a whole new district that has just been created in Dijon, combining rehabilitated historic buildings and new constructions on the site of the former Hôtel Dieu. Very close to the botanical park and the station, this vast space of 6.5 hectares includes exhibition spaces, a branch of the prestigious Grande Ecole hôtelière Ferrandi Paris as well as a branch of the School of Burgundy wines of the Bureau Burgundy Wine Interprofessional (CIVB), a hotel, cinemas, an eco-district and a gastronomic village dedicated to local artisans. A cellar and a restaurant complete the set, in order to fully enjoy the Burgundian art of living!
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