the Boule de fort game

boule de fort

There is on the place du champ de foire in Vernoil-le-Fourrier, two Boule de Fort societies. This game is specific to the region Touraine, Anjou, Loire Valley. It was born in the 17th century probably created by the Loire sailors, and is registered as intangible heritage of the countries of the Loire Valley.

The track is curved, like the bottom of the gabarres (ships on the Loire river) from which could come the game, and the ball, in wood for the oldest ones or in resin for the modern ones, is rather an asymmetrical cylinder, circled of metal , with a heavier side: the strong, and a lighter side, the weaker. It is played as a team, slipper on the track, and as petanque to get closer to the “Small”, white ball. Depending on the type of throwing, the ball will have a more or less curved trajectory, accentuated if we use the curved edges of the track.

I invite you to watch this report and perhaps to push the door of one or the other of Vernoil’s ball games, maybe you will have the chance to see a competition, or get started by a member or even, like me, by a champion of Boule de Fort.

First fouée

During your stay in the East Anjou region, near Saumur, I advise you to taste this regional specialty (no more than 50kms round).
You can order it if you go at the restaurant but also, if you are there on Monday, stop at night from 5PM to 10 PM at Johnny’s truck, on the town hall square in Vernantes at Beyl’s pizza.
First fouée The fouée is a small ball of dough, which swells when it cooks at the corner of its wood fire oven, to form a kind of hollow pancake. It is cut and stuffed with a choice of salty (rillettes, rillons, goat cheese or other) or sweet (nutella, salted butter caramel, jam) …
The savor is between pancake, blini and pita bread, but it is eaten hot.
Johnny sells them either garnished for 3 euros, or natures, it’s up to you to find an accompaniment at your place (5 euros for 5, 8 euros for 10) to order at 06 76 14 72 95 before 6PM.