Gastronomy Brotherhoods in Pas-de-Calais
The love of good food, of the terroir, of traditions, these brotherhoods are sometimes very ancient and have all the same ambition: make people love their produce.
LICQUES TURKEY BROTHERHOOD
Since 1985, turkey breeders have been promoting their poultry through gastronomy, tourism and culture. Their most famous event is the Turkey Festival. Every year, just before Christmas, turkeys parade in the main street of Licques, a small village right in the middle of the triangle formed by Boulogne, Calais and Saint-Omer. The breeders, with their ceremonial dresses and flag, are proud to share their know-how.
Open air bred, in a traditional way, and certified by a Label Rouge, chickens, guinea fowl, capons, geese and of course turkeys symbolize the values of the terroir.
THE CAULIFLOWER OF SAINT-OMER BROTHERHOOD
Created in 2004, the brotherhood gathers market gardeners, restaurateurs and lovers of this flagship vegetable from the marsh.
Cultivated in the Audomarois marsh (a fertile environment to market gardening) with canals accessible by bacôve, a flat-bottomed boat that some market gardeners still use; Saint-Omer cauliflower differs from its Breton cousin by a lighter taste in the mouth. Saint-Omer cauliflower are in season from mid-May to mid-October. You can eat it raw, semi-cooked or as an emulsion. There are thousand ways to taste it!
THE ENDIVE OF SAINT-OMER BROTHERHOOD
Endivette, chicon, perle du Nord, it is commonly called: endive and Hauts de France region is the main producer. Founded in 1998, the endive brotherhood promotes and praises the benefits of this bitter-tasting vegetable.
Growing endive is quite an art. You must first harvest the roots, then leaf them to keep only the flower bud which will later give the endive.
Roots are cleaned, placed in a tank filled with water and sent to the forcinghouse for three weeks, where the endive will grow in total darkness before being harvested
COASTAL HERRING BROTHERHOOD OF BERCK-SUR-MER AND AROUND
Created in 1991, the Coastal Herring Brotherhood aims at maintaining and encouraging the maritime tradition of Berck-sur-Mer.
Herring is caught from September to December. Herring King is the undisputed star of the Opal Coast, and is celebrated every year in November. Smoked, marinated, or grilled, it is usually eaten with a potato salad, but there are recipes for all tastes.
ANDOUILLETTE OF ARRAS BROTHERHOOD
If you want to bring back only one Arras culinary speciality, you might fall for the andouillette. And the Andouillette of Arras brotherhood, will certainly encourage you to ! Created in 1997 by gourmet fans of this French delicatessen, the brotherhood promotes this local product throughout France.
The andouillette dates back from the middle ages and is still traditionaly made with pork ruffle.
The andouillette festival is held each year on the last Sunday of August in Arras. Restaurateurs and pork butchers sample their specialities in a friendly atmosphere, accompanied by folk groups.
THE SHALLOT OF BUSNES BROTHERHOOD
The Shallot of Busnes Brotherhood promotes shallots and more specifically Busnes shallots. The brotherhood’s mission is to develop its use in cooking and in regional gastronomy.
Three varieties are grown in Busnes: the large and round “polonaise”, the “jersey” with purple tinted flesh and the “cuisse de poulet” (zebrune shallot).
The shallot is celebrated during the second weekend of September. A perfect opportunity to buy from local producers and taste shallot-based dishes.
THE KNIGHTS OF VIOLAINES STRAWBERRY BROTHERHOOD
Through the promotion of their local stawberry production, the Knights of Violaines Strawberry Brotherhood are willing to encourage interaction and exchanges between the inhabitants and to create links between generations.
Since 2016, each year in June, the city of Violaine organizes the Fraiz’tival with jam workshops, carriage rides, float parade, local market …
On this day, induction ceremonies are held, during which the knights-to-be take this oath:
“to love and make people love strawberries and anything relating to them. Should I fail, a giant rash will spread over my body forever”