With so many forests in the Loire Valley, the region's restaurants are strong on game. Autumn is the season not just for wild game, notably venison and wild boar, but also wild mushrooms

Meat lovers will not be disappointed during a stay in Loire, with mouthwatering game being a popular menu choice throughout the region. Enjoy a little bit of everything, from pheasant, duck, quail, and pigeon to rabbit, venison, and even wild boar or deer. The game in Loire is prepared and served in a variety of rich sauces that are typically derived from fresh mushrooms.

The forests of the Sologne provided wild game for peasants' pots and the nobility's grand tables. Venison and rabbit (often served with wild forest mushrooms), pigeon and wild boar still feature locally.