At the end of the XVIIe century, nearly 1 Normans landed in Canada to settle there permanently. Among them, a certain Paul Bertrand dit St-Arnaud, native of Verneuil-sur-Avre. His descendants in North America now number in the tens of thousands. Quebecers, far from us, but ultimately so close.

Verneuil d'Avre et d'Iton hoists the colors of Quebec

The Cow and the Caribou Festival honors this historic link between France and Quebec. Since 2009, each summer, the city of Verneuil d'Avre and Iton has been keeping pace with the Belle Province by offering spectators numerous activities organized by the Association des Amis des Bertrand and Saint-Arnaud in France. Quebec flags adorn the facades, the singing Quebec accent resonates in the medieval alleys of the Norman city.

Artists close to the public

La Vache et le Caribou is one of the few festivals of its kind in France. Norman and Quebec artists are at the rendezvous. Whether they are comedians, storytellers, singers, directors ... the common thread is always the same: ultra-proximity. The artists are very present and do not hesitate to interact with the public.

© Michel Edmond

Sharing and conviviality

It is about music, shows, cinema, literature, painting… The Festival also gives pride of place to gastronomy with the organization of tastings during which the guests exchange their favorite recipes. Conferences and exhibitions are an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of our cousins ​​across the Atlantic. This festival, eagerly awaited each year, is a real moment of cultural exchange, fraternity and conviviality. "Pull up a log and come and chat with us!" (Take a chair and join us).