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Flognarde, perhaps better known as clafoutis, is a local cake made of a flan-type batter poured over fruit. While the most common version is made with cherries, in the fall and winter, local Limousine apples can be used as well.
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One of the few remaining butchers in the city holding true to tradition, François Brun was selling his wares in the center of the rue de la Boucherie, including both andouillette and petits ventres.
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This jellied headcheese is one of the most popular items for sale. It is sold either in ready-to-eat slices or in vacuum-sealed pouches to save for later.
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Anyone who owns a storefront on the rue de la Boucherie can use it to sell their wares. Many rent them out to other local businesses, but some peddle local cider in plastic bottles and pastries like beignets and flognarde.
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If you're a fan of sausages, you'll be confronted with quite a bit of choice. All of these sausages are hand-made in Limoges and use only natural casings.
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While there are several drinks on offer – cider, beer, wine – the most common is vin chaud, or French mulled wine. This gentleman was serving without ceremony from a large vat he'd placed on the ground.
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This woman at one of the butchery stands had decided to wear the traditional coiffe, or headdress, of Limoges as she served. This return to tradition is something that is fading more and more.
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One stand had decided to update local Limoges fare with a hamburger – but not just any hamburger. Local Limousine beef, slices of boudin noir, and Limoges apple compote went onto this burger.
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While the festival continues to draw more and more participants every year, butchers are not returning to the rue de la Boucherie for the other 364 days of the year any time soon. Most are selling their wares in the local marketplace, les Halles, leaving traditional storefronts like these abandoned.
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The festival has roots in a local religious celebration that dates to the time when the butchers of Limoges had taken Saint Aurélien, the second of the two patron saints of the city, as their own personal saint. Crowds cluster around the Saint Aurélien chapel and this pieta statue in the middle of the square.