This weekend was the annual Marché de Noël in Querqueville. Each year, vendors come from all around to sell their crafts and food items at booths set up within the old Manoir de la Coquerie. I’m always impressed with the variety and I end up buying more than I could possibly need. From the booth run by foie gras producers Élevage de La Fraserie from Saint-Martin-le-Hebert I bought a large jar of Cassoulet au confit de canard and several cans of foie gras. The traveling boulanger Joseph Hamel, aka Le Filateur from Saint-Maurice-en-Cotentin had a booth with several varities of pastries and bread products including his trademark pain à l’Andouille de Vire. I bought a baguette and a pain complet but passed on the pain à l’Andouille since I’m not a huge fan of anything that tastes of intestines or stomach linings. The booth run by Théo Capelle from Sottevast was selling bottles of cider and apple juice. I couldn’t help myself and I bought two bottles of cidre sec. Another vendor, whose name I’ve forgotten, was selling wines and spirits along with canned duck products. I bought a nice 2006 red La Tuque de Gueyze from the Buzet region of the Lot-et-Garonne. Regulars to the local Christmas markets in the region are the chocolate and pastry makers, Escale Chocolat from nearby Équeurdreville. I bought several delicious macaroons and a large bag of chocolate pralines. I bought some homemade nougat and rillettes au thon from a local Querqueville woman named Frédérique Bletel who runs her own catering business, FB Cooking et Récré-envie. I did not buy as many Christmas ornaments or crafts as I have in past years but I could not pass by this booth without buying some crystals for my tree. Before heading home with my heavy sack of goodies, I visited the stall run by my neighbours who were selling sausages and fries.