La frairie des petits ventres is one of Limoges’s biggest events.  It is a popular food festival which takes place each year on the 3rd Friday in October, in Limoges’s famous Rue de la Boucherie.

The “Frairie des Petits Ventres” is an annual and traditional food fair organised every third Friday of October in Limoges in the picturesque Butchers’ quarter since 1973, on the initiative of the “Renaissance du Vieux Limoges” association. It is impossible to miss this highlight of Limoges life. Attracted by the fragrances floating in the whole quarter, culinary experts and gourmets of all ages are always eager to meet up in a warm and joyful atmosphere.

This event, jewel of the food tradition in Limoges, brings together numerous artisans of Limoges and of the region who present Limousin specialities for sale all day long, such as tripe recipes, but also the galetous(thick crepe made with buckwheat flour that used to replace bread, it is savoured as an appetizer, filled with “grillons” pâté or other terrines, or as a dessert with “fromage blanc” cream cheese, jam or honey, as you like it), the “pâté de pommes de terre” (potato and meat pie), the “burgou” (traditional chestnut cake), the “treipaïs” (chestnut, chocolate and hazelnut cake), the “clafoutis” (cherry cake)…

During the official launch, the statue of Notre-Dame-de-Pitié, also called Notre-Dame-des-Petits-Ventres, is held in procession; it is a reminder of the lady butchers’ tradition in the Rue de la Boucherie, who, in the 19th century, celebrated the Virgin Mary under this name, on September 15. It was indeed at that time that the production of tripes started again after a break during the hot months of summer. Among these products were the “petits ventres” (little bellies): lambs’ stomachs stuffed with lambs’ feet.

It is possible to taste all these specialities during the year thanks to the presence of a tripe-butcher in the quarter.