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The Marché Normand in Gavray

Published on July 6, 2018 by Chris Robinson

Saturday 7th July sees the return of the Marché Normand in Gavray. It’s an annual event and the main street in the town is closed to traffic for the whole day for some family fun. It starts at 10am and there’ll be dancing from a local dance group who wear traditional Normandy costumes. At 11am there’s a parade of tractors (this is Normandy!) and classic cars. Many of the people in the parade also wear traditional Normandy costumes. 

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Lunch is from 12 - 2 and you’ll be able to buy a range of take-away items ranging from sausage baguettes, french fries, galettes (savoury pancakes) as well as pastries, sandwiches and cakes from the boulangeries. The bars and restaurants will also be open for refreshments.

There’s the opportunity for the public to dance at 2pm and then a country dance demonstration at 3pm. Horse and cart rides are available throughout the day and you can watch artisans demonstrating their trade or craft. There’ll also be butter-making demonstrations using Normandy milk which gives a very creamy taste to the product. Market stalls will include cider, wine, honey, and spicy sausages.

The Marché Normand in Gavray ends with a fireworks display and an open air dance. The weather looks like it will be hot and sunny so it’s bound to attract a good crowd.

Meet The Author
Until 2014 I worked in central London as a marketeer for a membership organization. Years of watching property renovation programmes on TV sparked a dream to do this in France having studied French and worked there previously. I left my job and completed the sale of my house on the same day (a stroke of luck rather than good planning) and headed off to Normandy. I undertook a barn renovation project managing the artisans’ workload. The result is a 3 bedroom gite which I now market all year providing me with endless opportunities to increase my skills and knowledge.
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