Gourmet Calvados

Scallops: the season is now!

Six fairs to celebrate its return to the fish market stalls

Fêtes de la coquille Saint Jacques dans le Calvados
Fêtes de la coquille Saint Jacques dans le Calvados

From October to December, the Calvados coast will be actively honouring its fine scallops:

> 20th and 21st October 2018:

Scallop fair in Ouistreham. In an intensely maritime atmosphere, the great return of the scallop is a pretext for celebration. Take advantage of the event to admire the port from the top of the lighthouse, which will exceptionally open for the occasion.

> 10th and 11th November 2018:
Le Goût du Large (taste of the sea) festival in Port-en-Bessin. An event simply not to be missed, there where scallops are an all-year-long love story.

Over a week-end, immerse yourself in the life of one of France's leading shellfish ports: tour of a trawler, the day's catch unloaded, visit of the fish auction, etc. The scallop fare of all scallop fares.

24th and 25th November 2018:

Scallop, seafood and gastronomy fair  in Courseulles-sur-Mer. An event to celebrate our gastronomy and salty seafront flavours.

And if that's not enough... Three further events will be setting scallops in the limelight:  Villers-sur-Mer (27th and 28th October), Grandcamp-Maisy and Trouville-sur-Mer (1st and 2nd December).

Scallops in a nutshell

Label scallops © NFM


• The scallop is the most emblematic product among Normandy's fine seafood and fish. From 1st of October to 15th May, some 15,000 tonnes are gathered from the depths of the English Channel and the Bay of Seine, before heading for Port-en-Bessin, the largest in the region, and other Normandy fishing ports.


• And this scallop made in Normandy is also the proud bearer of a Red Label - the guarantee of its superior quality. For just a few calories, it is rich in protein and has a very low fat content.

All you ever wanted to know about scallops (in French) ›

Practical information on scallops

Scallops with apple juice and cinnamon caramel © Normandie Fraîcheur Mer
Scallops with apple juice and cinnamon caramel © Normandie Fraîcheur Mer

Where to buy them

To ensure you purchase the best quality produce, head for the fish markets in Port-en-Bessin, Grandcamp-Maisy, Courseulles-sur-Mer and Ouistreham! You can buy your scallops every morning on the harbour side, and from 9am to 7pm in Trouville-sur-Mer.

How to open them

For the best advice on how to open scallops, view our video:

or the photographs by Normandie Fraîcheur Mer ››

How to store them

- 1 to 2 days in the vegetable compartment of your refrigerator
- 3 months in the freezer, if you freeze them whole
- 6 months in the freezer, if you shell them first

How to cook them

You will find over 200 recipes here (in French)

Scallop in pictures 

Coquille Saint Jacques de Normandie
Pêche en mer à bord d'un chalutier en Normandie
Pêche en mer à bord d'un chalutier en Normandie
Marché aux poissons à Port-en-Bessin
festival goût du large Port-en-Bessin
festival goût du large Port-en-Bessin
Port en Bessin, plus grand port du Calvados
Port en Bessin, plus grand port du Calvados
Coquille Saint Jacques de normandie avec corail
Coquille Saint Jacques de normandie avec corail
Bateau de pêche dans le port de Grandcamp Maisy
Bateau de pêche dans le port de Grandcamp Maisy
Retour de pêche à Port-en-Bessin
Retour de pêche à Port-en-Bessin