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Picodon - Gastronomy, holidays & weekends guide in Auvergne-Rhône-Alps

Picodon is the Drôme and Ardèche departments' trademark cheese. There are written records of its existence dating back to the 14th century. Yet it was not considered a quality cheese until the 19th century. Producers use their traditional skills to make a cheese full of local character.

Made from raw goat's milk, Picodon is a soft-centred cheese with a white, yellow, grey or blue rind. Its unique, slightly spicy flavour makes it a great choice that can easily hold its own amid other renowned cheeses.

On the 3rd weekend in July, the village of Saou in Drôme hosts the Picodon Festival. The programme includes concerts, a big regional market selling local products, street performances, and a competition for the best Picodon, a festive event that has taken place since 1972.

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