The fine star
Only one restaurant in Sarlat has a Michelin star: Le Grand Bleu. Its chef Gilles Gourvat explains the absence of more stars as due to the type of diner: “the region has local customers who force us to continuously change our menus and that endangers the perfection that critics demand”.
The gastronomic bible (the Michelin Guide) omits its importance in the gourmet landscape, but Sarlat and Périgord Noir stand head and shoulders above the rest in traditional terms of ingredients Their programme of festive events are organised around their gastronomic jewels. The Truffle Festival takes place in January (third weekend), in February there is the Goose Festival (third Sunday), in May the Local Produce Markets and on 27 September the Food and Gastronomy Market.
Its culinary calendar is set in the medieval city of Sarlat, which boasts the highest number of protected historical buildings per square metre in the whole of Europe: over 65 within a one kilometre radius. As well as a frenzy of aromas and flavours, visitors are surrounded by architectural marvels that include Gothic and Renaissance palaces, and where the landscape is dominated by tiled roofs and ochre-coloured facades. The city is especially charming at sunset, when the streets are deserted and illuminated by candles and gas lamps.