Fête de la Gastronomie
Following the inclusion of the French gastronomic meal on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010, France has celebrated food in all its glory with this festival which was first held in 2011.
A national festive celebration which illustrates the wealth and diversity of french food, the Fête de la Gastronomie, in the same vein as the Fête de la Musique (music festival), offers a series of events throughout France which celebrate french cuisine, produce and the art of dining. “This festival aims to bring people together, to introduce them to cooking and encourage them to cook for themselves in a spirit of conviviality, sharing and generosity”, states the french Ministry for Tourism.
During the festivals, special festival menus are served. In this way, people can discover new types of cooking and can share new recipes with each other.
Each year, the festival is organised around a specific theme which is followed throughout the country.
Promoting values of generosity and conviviality, the Fête de la Gastronomie emphasises sharing and celebrating many different kinds of food through the organisation of thousands of events across France.
So make your way to any of France’s regions or any of its overseas territories for a truly gourmet weekend!
The 3rd annual Fête de la Gastronomie will take place September 20-22, 2013 under the leadership of Thierry Marx, a prominent French chef.
Between banquets, meals, tastings, product highlights, presentations and more, there are no less then 2,000 events planned for the festival. Here's a selection to get you started:
Burgundy Fantastic Picnics (September 20-22)
On the program are shows for young and old and Bourguignon specialties that will create some truly gourmet moments in a unique setting: along Burgundy's canals and rivers.
Picnic banquet with a jazz orchestra at Blienschwiller in Alsace (September 22)
This picnic event is free with pre-registration and will feature a New Orleans jazz orchestra and the assistance of 17 local wine-growers and several top chefs from the Alsace region.
The petit train gastronomique in Bourges (September 21)
In a turn of the century atmosphere, the Petit Train Gastronomique will take around forty guests on a tour of the best gourmet creations that Berry has to offer.
Finale of the Sedan amateur cooking contest, Champagne-Ardenne (September 21)
During the Fête de la Gastronomie, a contest puts France's amateur chefs to the test, the top three of whom will face off in a final challenge.
Issy Biennial in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Ile-de-France (September 20-22)
During the 10th edition of the Issy Biennial, the work of 55 artists will come together centering around the theme of "the art of taste, the taste of art."
Carcassonne and its cassoulet (September 20-22)
The Académie universelle du Cassoulet will hold a 3-day festival featuring various events focusing on cassoulet and medieval gastronomy, as well as the dish's ingredients and the traditions that surround it.
Lille gastronomy route (September 20-22)
The know-how of Lille's restaurant owners is the star of the show here: do you prefer brasseries, organics, street food, estaminet or world food? The choice is yours!
A traditional French meal in the Pays de la Loire (September 22)
The 25 brotherhoods of the Pays de la Loire organize a banquet with a traditional French meal, open to all.
The Vendanges Etoilées in Cassis (September 20-22)
In Cassis, local food producers and gastronomy professionals invite you to discover their specialties while they share their vast knowledge and experience. It is also a Marseille-Provence 2013 event.
800-guest banquet at the Palais des Papes in Avignon (September 20-22)
Following the success of its previous editions, Avignon is bringing back its banquet, with local chefs teaming up to feed 800 guests at the Palais des Papes.
Ticket sales from 9:00 am Saturday, September 7 and Saturday, September 14 at the tourist office in Avignon and online www.avignon-tourisme.com.
Tous au restaurant (September 20-22)
France's restaurant week kicks off during the Fête de la Gastronomie with Tous au Restaurant, where restaurants all over the country offer special three course, fixed-price menus highlighting the culinary creations of France's inspired chefs.
Don't miss out on this festive celebration of French food, dining culture and conviviality!