Food technology

See below for excursions suitable for food technology. You can also view a sample itinerary for a Key Stage 2 cross-curricular tour here or enquire to tailor-make a secondary school food technology specific tour.

  • Caramel Making – Isigny Sur Mer

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    See how the caramels are produced and learn about the process. The company has revived the production of caramel in Isigny sur Mer and produces 300 tons of caramel per year. The company continues to grow while preserving the craftsmanship.

    Select says:

    Don't miss the sample tasting! Tours are in French so ensure you have a basic understanding or you have a French speaker with you. Still worth a visit though.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Ets Réaux Fromagerie - Camembert cheese producers

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 10+

    What you’ll experience:

    The fromagerie is located in Lessay and the tour includes a 15-minute film explaining the manufacture of Camembert REO, frescoes of the nineteenth century Normandy characters, a visit to the cheese factory and museum and a tasting of Camembert REO. The main activity of the fromagerie is the traditional production of camembert which is manually ladled. They also make butter traditionally with churns, cream and other cheese.

     

    Select says:

    The dairy's manufacture of raw milk Camembert is ladled following the technique developed in 1791 by Marie Harel, a farmer in the village of Camembert.

    Allow: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Oyster Farm - La Calvadosienne

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Geography, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    During your visit students visit the oyster banks and learn about the oyster and the history of oyster farming in Europe. La Calvadosienne is accredited as an “educational farm” and the complete visit is available in English. You will also learn how the tidal system affects the farming of the oysters.

     

    Select says:

    La Calvadosienne is located to the east of Arromanches within the oyster farming area of Asnelles-Meuvaines.

    Allow: 1-2 hours

  • Honfleur

    Subject/age range: MFL, Art, Cultural, Geography, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    A town with a rich artistic and historical heritage, Honfleur has beautiful old houses, narrow paved streets, monuments, little shops, traditional restaurants, galleries, artists' studios, a fishing harbour and a marina.

    Select says:

    The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Monet, Boudin, Courbet, and many others. Great place to stop for lunch on route to your destination or on the way home to break up the journey.

    Allow: 1-2 hours

  • Bakery – Boulangerie Les Co-Pains near Cambremer

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The children actively participate in the bread making process, from visiting the mill and learning about the different types of flour to kneading the dough and seeing the stages in dough production such as weighing the dough, shaping it, cooking it in the oven, and cooking time.

    Select says:

    Each child may take the bread they have made with them. There is an indoor/outdoor picnic area on site. This is a must do excursion and one of Select’s favourites in Normandy. It has a great atmosphere and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. Tours can be tailored to ages and language abilities.

    Allow: 2 hours 30 mins

  • Manoir d'Apreval, apple juice/cider farm

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    There is a guided tour to show you the collection techniques, mixing apples, fermentation, and the process of distillation.

    Select says:

    You will also be able to sample some of the wonderful apple juice.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Market Visits

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    The markets in Normandy are fabulous places for students to see and sample the diversity of local produce and traditions, and to experience a colourful, lively and welcoming atmosphere. It's also a great chance to try out their language skills. A full list of possibilities can be viewed a at the Normandy tourism website market page.

    Select says:

    Bear in mind that most markets take place in the morning or on specific days. Some accommodations allow you to take food back and make lunches for your group after the market visit. Some groups enjoy doing this as a French language use excersise.

    Allow: 1 hour

  • Biscuit Makers - Sablés d’Asnelles

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    A traditional, pure butter biscuit producer. Located in the small village of Asnelles which has been open now for over 100 years. They will give you a brief tour (normally about 10mins) then you will get the chance to sample the product itself.

    Select says:

    Take some euros as you will also have the opportunity to make additional purchases! Large groups are broken down into smaller groups to ensure everyone gets the full experience.

    Allow: 20 mins

  • Chocolate Factory – Les Marianik's, Touques

    Subject/age range: MFL, Cultural, Food Technology, 9+

    What you’ll experience:

    At Marianik's, located in Touques on the Normandy coast, you can see the production of beautiful and traditional artisan chocolates.

    Select says:

    Make sure you sample some!

    Allow: 1 hour