Regional Gastronomy

Hams foie gras trout honey Farm of Monplainchamps Biscuit factory Dion Roseraie

In Wallonia (the French speaking part of Belgium), the farm-produce industry has been developing for several years. In the central Ardennes, farming, which is characterised by its family based spirit and by its attachment to the earth, is favourable to the culinary tradition.

Farm products are at the root of a delightful cookery. Butter, cream, cheese, ham, pâté, black and white pudding are treasures prepared following old secret recipes. Chickens, ducks, snails, trout…are being added to the ancient salt meat which makes the fame of our region and which leads to a recommended diversification.



The story of salt meat is linked to the one of pig and dates back from the mists of time. In our region, the Ardennes salt meat, which is highly coveted, long remained a production of quality. However, the attractive market has aroused cheating. Butchers saw false Ardennes ham coming from other countries to invade the market.

Nowadays, a seal of origin confers the consumers a guarantee of quality and allows a certain protection of the Ardennes ham.

"Taste for well done work, a certain elegance in the presentation of the cooked pork meat, the addition of a caterer service, the search for new ways…give that demanding job a wonderful place in the good fare and in the universal way of life (from "Le Cochon" by Verroust, Pastoureau & Buren).

Salt meat

Ducks at Lahérie


Foie gras


Foie gras

In Lahérie, ducks are bred in fields, on the site of an old mill dating back from the 18th century.

"Guarantee is quality. That is why the quantity of production has to be controlled, in order not to work to the detriment of the quality. It is essential to have, at any time, control of one’s own breeding and one’s own production…"

Ducks arrive in the farm when they are still very young and the number is limited to guarantee fit animals and flavoursome products.

The entire family works during the whole yearlong. The poultry farmer personally force-feeds transforms the meat and foie gras. The products and the preparation are sold at the farm. Do not hesitate to ask for a recipe, the duck-breeder is generous in explanations for he loves his ducks and his products. You will even be able to prepare and present the same products with his own tips.

DEVOS Philippe
Ferme du moulin 25
6840 Lahérie
(32) 061 / 27 86 94



The fario trout, ombre trout and rainbow trout (specie imported from America) are the main representatives of the trout in our region. Moreover, they are deeply appreciated by the fishermen.

The first one is an indigenous trout, the real trout according to the fishermen. It is called "la truite fario" and it lives in the small rivers of the Ardennes.

"La Belle Mouchetée" (Beautifully spotted) is a pale yellow colour with some blue and red spots. The rainbow trout takes its name from the iridescent band on its side. It comes from California and was imported into Europe at the end of the last century. Requiring less oxygen and less cool temperature than the European trout, it quickly reaches an impressive size.

Our region benefits from small, modern and craft piscicultures where various sorts of fish are bred. Breeding trout is indeed the main aim of those piscicultures. But it is also interesting to underline the role plaid by those local breedings in the restocking of the rivers.


La Maison de la pêche en Luxembourg

rue des Rames,23 B-6720 Habay la Neuve

tél .0494/84.63.10

Crop of honey





The first crop is obtained in May, right after the spring flowering. The nectar-gathering period begins with the flowering of the dandelions.

Dandelions are not the only important flowering in spring: there are also hawthorn and blackthorn. In June, there are not enough flowers to allow bees to produce. Period of honey gathering vary with the regions. For instance, in the province of Brabant, the flowering of willow trees means it is possible to produce a honey crop in March. At that time, it is still too cold in our region. 15 degrees are necessary for the bees to go out of the hive and gather nectar. The great gathering is made at the beginning of August. But some do it at the end of July. Extraction of honey varies with the appreciation of each beekeeper.

The taste, the quality and the richness of honey vary from the region and vegetation. For example, honey from the Ardennes has a different taste from the one from Gaume. In the Famenne region the honey is produced mainly for fruit tree cops. The quality of honey comes from the richness and the variety of the flowering.

Monsieur BRAQUET
rue des bluets 13
6840 Neufchâteau
(32) 061 / 27 80 20


Farm of Monplainchamps

Created after the building of a production-workshop for milk products, the shop in the farm of Monplainchamps has a large choice of natural and organic food products. All the suppliers are craftsmen selected according to making-quality criterion.

First of all, there are all the homemade products such as beef, pork, lamb, mutton, poultry, rabbit and milk products. Then there are fruits and vegetables of a Walloon production. There are also a large range of products of the Bois Gourmand that are produced from plants, flowers and fruits to add seasoning to the dishes (oil, vinegar…). One can also find soil products such as honey, flour, wines, aromatherapy products, delicatessen, pasta and natural cleaning products.

Take a trip to the shop of the Farm of Monplainchamps to discover more. From Neufchâteau, you follow the route to Florenville. After the campsites, it is the first farm on your left at the entry of the village.

Ferme Goebels
6840 Grapfontaine
(32) 061 / 27 74 54 ou (32) 061 / 21 49 99

Cherry yoghourt


Products - Farm of Montplainchamps

Biscuits Dion










Manufacture of biscuits


Biscuit Factory Dion

Fabienne and Thierry Dion have opened their new shop with happiness and greediness. Around 300 people paid tribute to the biscuit cooker from Les Fossés: report.

Lovers of biscuits and quality do know the couple Dion. First of all, they are people of market. Happy, full of life and vigour, they do personify the craftsmen who love their job. Generous like merchants of good things with whom we enjoy a chat at the corner of a display…a few minutes’ chat that makes you feel like somewhat entering this world of delight and flavours.

However, the coloured panel of the display has nothing to do with the spectacle of a biscuit-factory workshop where one can smell jam and chocolate at the same time. It is a real pleasure to get lost in the saucepans full of cream as well as in the plates of biscuits, to stay near the oven and to get drunk on the scent of the browned biscuits that cool down on platens.

With this new shop inside the workshop, Thierry and Fabienne have offered a beautiful present to their customers, who will be able to get closer to the world of the biscuit and enjoy many sugary odours.

The current production has 17 variety: small puff with vanilla, coffee cake, Grand Marnier, black chocolate with vanilla, the home speciality: puff with chocolate cream and white of hazelnut, frangipane, chocolate with coconut, cookie with almond, Madeleine, cookie with almond jam, Madeleine’s with chocolate and coconut, biscuits made with cereals.

Workshop and shop :
rue des Combattants 44
Les Fossés
(32) 063 / 43 36 54


La Roseraie

The Roseraie of Longlier was founded in 1998 and is unique in Belgium. The Roseraie resembles a rose field more than an ornamental garden. The roses cultivated here are use for culinary purposes.

Miniature rose bushes (so called "new old-fashioned" roses) are grown and are well known for their large flowers and full bodied odour. The petals are collected and used to make jams and ice-creams. The harvest of the roses takes place from mid-August to the end of November.

Rose bushes are also cultivated for their fruits: the cynorhodons. These are used to make chutneys. The harvest period is the same.

You can visit the Roseraie by appointment from June to October. Tasting sessions can be organised for groups of adults or children.

The produce of the Roseraie.

Sweets, juices, jellies, and jams have been made from roses for many years. The Roseraie continues the traditions of producing perfumed edible products, which are already well known throughout France, Tunisia, Morocco and India.

As a result of much testing, the jam makers of the Roseraie have developed a new type of jam with a uniquely refined and fresh taste that will surprise and please your palette. Similarly, the chutney made from the cynorhodons awakes the palette. It is a product that is rich in vitamin C.

Come and discover the varied tastes and smells during the annual "Rose Fair" which is held in the month of September.

For further information please contact
(32) 061/ 27 94 30.












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