Snail frenzy 饕客大享蝸牛餐

By Catherine Thomas  /  STAFF WRITER, WITH AFP

Fri, Aug 17, 2007 - Page 20

Have you ever eaten a snail? Lots of people like eating snails. Earlier this month there was a snail eating festival in France.

Even though the weather was bad, a lot of people came to join the feast. The organizers said that holidaymakers from France and abroad came to the festival. "We had many more people than last year," said Jacky Pommier, one of the organizers. She also said that some people ate 60-84 snails in a single meal!

The chefs used 500kg of butter, 55kg of parsley and 33kg of garlic. They made the snails using a traditional French recipe called Bourgogne snails.

They must have tasted really good because 100,800 snails were eaten over the weekend! The festival was held in Digoin, east of the capital Paris.

你吃過蝸牛嗎?很多人愛吃蝸牛。這個月初在法國就舉行了一場蝸牛美食節。

儘管天公不作美,仍有大批民眾參與這場饗宴。籌辦單位表示,來自法國和其他國家的假日遊客都前來共襄盛舉。活動策劃人之一的賈姬:波米爾說:「今年的人潮比去年增加許多。」她還說,有些人一餐就吃掉了六十至八十四隻蝸牛!

廚師們用五百公斤的奶油、五十五公斤的荷蘭芹和三十三公斤的大蒜,烹調這道「勃根地蝸牛」的法國傳統美食。

那些蝸牛一定相當可口,因為光是那個週末就有十萬零八百隻蝸牛進了人類的五臟廟!這場蝸牛美食節在法國首都巴黎東部的迪戈茵舉行。

(法新社∕翻譯:林倩如)