The Loire Valley, or “the garden of France”, is full of flourishing agricultural land. Delicious fruit and vegetables are grown in orchards and on farmland, including asparagus, apples, and strawberries. Local meat and cheeses and the Loire fish are just as delicious. Here, in a land given over to the art of living, the local gastronomy brings out the very best of these authentic products. It’s no coincidence that François Rabelais, born near Chinon, created his character Pantagruel with his insatiable appetite here. In any case the local great chefs, some starred, will satisfy your own appetite with their delicious fresh cuisine. Lastly, alongside the renowned Loire Valley wines, there are also excellent spirits, eaux-de-vie and artisan beers just waiting to be discovered.