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Wine & Food

French Food Facts for Kids


French Cuisine: Fun Facts about French Food for Kids When going on holiday with kids, parents often worry about eating, concerned that their kids won’t embrace the local cuisine and that most of the trip will be spent retreating to the safety of fast food restaurants and Brit-themed establishments. Whilst French cuisine is universally celebrated [...]

San Sebastian, the Enchanting Culinary Capital of the Basque Country

San Sebastian

  San Sebastian, with its perfect sandy beaches, panoramic view points, picturesque old town and bar after bar serving mouthwatering Pintxos, is an essential Basque experience for all Al Fresco customers coming to stay in the Aquitaine region next summer. Only an hours drive from La Sylvamar campsite, divert along the beautiful West French coast [...]

Douce Quiétude, the best way to experience the Côte d’Azur

Jean, our Al Fresco rep, from the Douce Quiétude campsite in the Côte d’Azur, talks us through all the opportunities and activities this amazing campsite has to offer.   Douce Quiétude: a rough translation being ‘gentle tranquillity’ and sums up this area quite nicely. It’s nestled in the well seasoned pine groves of Valescure/St Raphaël and situated [...]

Greetings from sunny Val de Bonnal

summer shoes

‘It just tastes different…’ I know what Jill means about that first beer on holiday. It says the same on the front of the bottle as on the front of those you get at Tesco, but, well, it DOES taste different… We didn’t get around to sampling it until the second day of our holiday. [...]

Chef of the Year competition – La Baume cook off

The day started early and off I went to shop for the ‘cook off’ ingredients. I was nervous and excited about putting the recipe I’d been given to the test  which was Mexican chicken eatsas! After all, my cooking skills were being put to the test as well! The recipes were provided by our budding [...]

Chef of the Year competition winner

It’s that moment you’ve all been waiting for – we have the grand winner of our Al Fresco Chef of the Year competition! Since the competition launched back in April, we’ve seen budding chefs from all over the country dazzle us with their al fresco style recipes – making everything from BBQ favourites to summer [...]

Brittany’s Best BBQ Tips 3

Here at the Château Des Ormes we love to BBQ if the weather allows us to. Andrew and Sharron Witcomb have shared BBQ tips with us but here is some advice they shared with us about local food. A noted BBQ essential is the traditional French mayonnaise “Benedicts”. The lovely slightly strong flavour with a hint of [...]

Road Trip – A Day Off Chateau des Ormes On The Al Fresco Excursion

With August here the activity programme at the Chateau des Ormes is in full swing! As the campsite’s Activity Team Leader I have been busy organising the launch of an Al Fresco excursion from the camp site in Northern Brittany. After visiting local attractions a route for the excursion was decided and a coach was [...]

Brittany’s Best BBQ Tips 2

Following on from our first blog from Andrew and Sharron Witcomb here are some further tips for BBQs including fish and meat dishes. Ideas have come from having regular BBQs at Château Des Ormes. Fish Dishes Salmon and pepper kebabs – as simple as it reads. Buy salmon fillets to cube and thread onto a skewer between pepper or [...]

market at chateau des ormes

Chateau des Ormes Market

 Locally grown produce at the market at chateau des ormes campsite A taste from the market at chateau des ormes… It’s Tuesday afternoon on Château des Ormes campsite in Brittany and I find myself down at the bar using the Wi-fi. Suddenly, out the corner of my eye, I notice crowds forming outside. I take a closer look to see  [...]