The 5th-annual Fête de
la Gastronomie takes place September 25 to 27 and an estimated 10,000
culinary-themed events are being staged across France and beyond.
There are more than 1000 of them already listed in Paris alone...see a
selection of those here.
The loose theme this year is "creativity and daring"
and Michelin three-star chef Anne-Sophie
Pic is the honored "patron."
The Fête was created to
celebrate French cuisine in all its forms... and the "savoir faire unique
to French gastronomy." Events include community banquets, picnics,
tastings, special restaurant meals, farm visits, conferences, street fairs,
cooking competitions, dine-arounds and more.
The initiative is also designed to burnish the image of French food and
gastronomy abroad. Last year, 232 Fête-related events took place outside
So what's going on this year? Search the FDLG website for events in your area
and check back often because the list is being updated daily. Or, visit your
local Tourist Office or their website. (A list of Tourist Offices in Provence
Meanwhile here's just a quick taste of events around Provence and
The Bouches du Rhône department is staging numerous events, many of which you
can see on their website here.
Cassis has its sixth annualVendanges Etoilées wine harvest festival with 27 top chefs participating. There's a cooking competition at the Port and on the Place de la Mairie. On Saturday and Sunday,
there will be a large producers market on the Place Baragnon and a
"showcooking" barbecue in the public garden. On Sunday afternoon
there's also a picnic. For info, clickhere andhere.
In St. Remy, the Hotel Les Images is hosting a farm market and family
picnic from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday. Chefs will be cooking, local foods will
be available for purchase and everyone can picnic on the grass. Chef
Christophe Chiavola has invited some of his best local chef pals to join him,
such as Glenn Viel of L’Ousteau de Baumaniere. Admission is free. For
info, contact theSt.
Remy Tourist Office, 04 90 92 05
In the Camargue, the "Marais
du Vigueirat" will feature local producers, a farm market, a picnic
and activities for kids on Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.
In Châteauneuf du Pape on
Saturday, there's a harvest picnic at
the Domaine Chante-Perdrix, with grape picking, wine tasting and more on
Saturday. To reserve, contact the Tourist Office at 04 90 83 71 08.
Price: 25€ pp for adults, 15€ for kids under 12. Kids under 5 are free.
In Aix on Saturday, everyone is invited to stop by the Tourist Office for a
tasting of local wines (11 am to 1 pm). In the evening (5 to 7:30 pm),
local chefs will be serving up their specialties in small portions and
more local wines will be served. The event is free and more info ishere.
In Avignon on Saturday, a dozen chefs will be cooking at the Les Halles indoor
food market, preparing dishes around the theme of "land and sea."
There will be tasting of course, and plenty of local wine. The event starts at
11 am. For info, clickhere.
In Carpentras on Saturday (10:30 to 12:30 and 2 pm to 6 pm) three well-known
chefs will be doing cooking demos and of course, offering tastes....the info ishere andhere.
And here's a tiny sample of what's going on elsewhere in France: The Burgundy region will feature 50 different "Fantastic
Picnics" in châteaux, vineyards, windmills and abbeys and more. For info,
click here. Rennes will once again host its the "Festival
Gourmand" with demonstrations and contests featuring chefs and food
producers at the Marché des Lices.