In Briouze, Sainte-Catherine is prepared under the sign of Normandy agriculture

Sainte-Catherine will take place in Briouze (Orne) from November 19 to 21, 2022. ©L’Orne Combattante

Highly anticipated meeting of the inhabitants of Briouze (Orne) and surroundings, the Sainte-Catherine Fair will be back from November 19 to 21, 2022.

The 2020 edition took place in slow motion, given the the health crisis related to COVID-19. Only, on Sunday, an exhibition of fruit trees took place. The 2021 edition got off to a very slow start, with few animals on the calf market. For the 2022 edition, the Sainte-Catherine fair highlights the work of farmers so that the agricultural world continues.

In the program

Saturday and Sunday, from many exhibitors private or associative of all kinds will extend over the whole of the commune (trinkets, clothes etc.). Food trades will be very well represented with many artisan butchers & food trade associations from all over France.

The Gillot cheese dairy, which works in close collaboration with farmers, located in Saint-Hilaire-de-Briouze, will present making a camembert AOP in the respect of traditions.

The nurserymen of the country of Briouze could unpack their fruit trees during the weekend of Sainte-Catherine (File photo).
The nurserymen of the country of Briouze could unpack their fruit trees during the weekend of Sainte-Catherine (File photo). ©L’Orne Combattante

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, a space is reserved for the tree fair.

Boost the calf market

The urge to do to continue the agricultural world is at the heart of the organization of the Sainte-Catherine fair this year. Monday morning at 11:30 a.m., the traditional calf market will be enlarged in the calf hall thanks to the presence of a large number of farmers.

Thomas Grampon, farmer and president of the Association of Norman Breeders of Meat In Selection (ENVIES), presented several animals of Norman Breed, culard gene carriers, for the first time.

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For one of the rare times in its existence, the Sainte-Catherine de Briouze fair is threatened with not taking place.  (File photo)
Sainte-Catherine is back in force in 2022 after two slow years. ©L’Orne Combattante

A gene which makes it possible to obtain a meat of better quality and yield. Very attached to the land, Thomas Grampon wishes “to make this Norman breed appreciated”, which is the best meat outlet in France during a competition in Gault et Millau (French gastronomic guide). His animals are fed with natural products.

The association invited many butchers to take part in the auction. Currently, 100 animals are born each year with this gene. The objective is to expand the sale within 4 to 5 years coming. From July 2023, participation in the national sale at Haras du Pin is likely.


Monday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: establishment of a jury in the presence of a notary for the auction in order to comply with the legislation concerning the Departmental Directorate of Health & Social Affairs (DDASS) and the Regional Health Agency (ARS). 26 animals will take part in the competitions.

2 p.m.: auction of 5 to 6 animals. A beautiful presentation of culards, calves and heifers will be unveiled.

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