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The Foire au Gras
In 2021 our Foire au Gras will take place on Sunday 5th December in Castelnaudary. As in previous years, you will find many poultry producers and breeders from the department and neighbouring departments.
In the morning, the fair starts at 7:30 am at the Gymnase Pierre de Coubertin. After having done some shopping to prepare for the end of year celebrations, a meal is offered to you at the Halle aux Grains as well as at the restaurants.
In the Halle aux Grains, the menu consists of an aperitif, Lauragaise salad, cassoulet, pastries, wine and coffee for 26€* per person (*price subject to confirmation).
Attention, places are limited! Book as soon as possible at the tourist office on 04.68.23.05.73.
On that day, you can also enjoy a gourmet and artisanal market on the Place de la République.
The Truffle Market
The truffle market is organised every year in February.
Find many exhibitors around a gourmet and craft market that takes place in the heart of the town. Around 11am the truffle market opens with the sale of truffles. On this day, enjoy a demonstration of cavage, culinary workshops or guided tours.
The event is organised in partnership with the communes, the Association des Trufficulteurs de l’Aude and the Communauté de Communes Castelnaudary Lauragais Audois
The Médièvales of Issel
Oyé Oyé ! Welcome to Cathar country!
Go back to the time of the Trencavels and the troubadours and come and enjoy an intense day. Knights’ show, herbalists, craft market, reproduction of war machines, catering and medieval music will allow you to spend a very nice day with your family or friends!
Issel is a small but dynamic town between St Papoul and Revel. Every year on Whit Monday, the association Les Médiévales organises this beautiful day with its volunteers. Everything is planned!
The Piège Hike
The “Rando de la Piège” is the great meeting place for walkers in the Lauragais.
Each year, the loop is different. Set off from a village in the Piège on foot, horseback or mountain bike through the hills to the producers who will let you taste their fabulous products!
With different routes depending on the difficulty, it is now a great must in the area!
The Cassoulet Festival
More than 24 free concerts in the city centre: Place de Verdun, Place de la République, lower Cours de la République.
An eclectic programme for all: from musette to electro pop, from French songs to festive rock…
6 shows open to all will punctuate the evenings. Aperitifs with poetry, storytelling, Tango, a bandas festival…
8 events or highlights will bring together young and old at the heart of the Festival… From the “Ronde du Cassoulet” pedestrian race, to the gourmet market, via the traditional grand chapter of the Grande Confrérie du cassoulet de Castelnaudary on Friday evening… or the UFO (Unidentified Floating Objects) race on the Petit Bassin and the famous flower parade on Sunday afternoon, a not-to-be-missed parade of floats, bands and majorettes covering more than a kilometre in the heart of the town of Chaur…
2 sites to taste the cassoulet: in addition to the restaurants of the city, La Halle aux Grains will receive the meals of the evenings in the week and a large tent will accomodate as for him on the place of the Freedom, the meals of the weekend… cassoulet non stop!!! During the festival, more than 40,000 cassoulets, produced by local canners and restaurant owners, are consumed and purchased.
We look forward to seeing you in 2021, in the best possible sanitary conditions, in August, more precise dates to come!