12 ideas which celebrate French gastronomy

Taste is celebrated – and a whole lot more! From Sept 21 to 23, 2018, the gastronomic Festival known as Goût de France, which honours French culinary heritage, will revel in a comprehensive taste experience around the theme: "Taste in all its senses". Visits, tastings, discoveries and workshops... We give you a glimpse of the foodie festivities of this fabulous event on its 8th anniversary.

Madeleine Festival, Cabourg

Follow in the footsteps of novelist Proust, forever associated with the humble madeleine cake which he adored. He liked to holiday in the seaside resort of Cabourg, where Dupont tea room, a local favourite, has organised "Dupont avec un thé" (Dupont with a tea).

All about the madeleine at " Dupont avec un thé ", Normandy (External link) (French only)

Orleans and Loiret soak up the flavours of New Orleans

Orleans gets a flavour of New Orleans, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, and welcomes US chef Kevin Belton for a grand tasting dinner. Other events are also on the agenda for this gourmet weekend.

Enjoy New Orleans cuisine in Orléans, Loire Valley (External link) (French only)

Festival: "Valence in gastronomy"

A gastronomic rally, "speed tasting", markets and culinary demonstrations... From Sept 8 to 23, the city of Valence will share the culinary riches of its territory. On the programme are multiple events featuring small producers as well as Michelin starred chefs.

Live Valence Gastronomy (External link) (French only)

Exhibition: "Eat with your eyes" at Mucem, Marseille

Taking place at the Marseille museum until September 30, this exhibition traces the history of how the French relate to their food through photographs, excerpts of TV shows, gastronomic articles published in the press... It’s sure to give you an appetite!

Open the appetite at Mucem, Provence (External link)

Wine-making workshop in Saint-Émilion

At Château Cormeil-Figeac, discover the art of wine-making, from the barrel to the bottle, with viticulturist Coraline Moreaud. The workshop will end with bottling and labelling and everyone gets their own bottle to take home.

Make your own wine at Château Cormeil-Figeac, Bordeaux (External link) (French only)

Jean-Paul Hévin House, Paris

The Maison Jean-Paul Hévin will open its doors to hold a special workshop at its shop at l’Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. Your chance to delve into the world of chocolate from the bean to the bar.

See behind the scenes at Hévin House (External link) (French only)

Tempt your taste buds! Head to Dijon

The superb Museum of Burgundian Life will be transformed, for one night only, into a true temple of gastronomy, welcoming artisans of the terroir of Burgundy. Discover the legendary gingerbread of Mulot & Petitjean, the mustard of the house of Fallot, Maison Loiseau and Anis de Flavigny as well as Dufoux Chocolates and participate in workshops, tastings and other activities.

Discover Burgundy’s artisans (External link) (French only)

From the field to the plate, in Vannes

Star chef of La Gourmandière, Olivier Samson, will offer culinary demonstration of local and seasonal products. A great opportunity to discover the richness of the terroir of Brittany and of its producers through workshops and tastings.

Meet Breton chefs and producers (External link)

Herring – every which way, in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Learn to consume more responsibly while having fun, this is the aim of events organised by the programme "Mr. Goodfish" at the National Sea Centre, Nausicaá, at Boulogne-sur-Mer. Discover the local fish speciality, herring, and follow its route form the sea to the plate, served in multiple forms from smoked to salted, fresh or paté, to the delight of your taste buds.

Uncover the secrets of herring at Nausicaá in Northern France (External link)

“Go for Good” at Galeries Lafayette in Paris

The cream of craftsmen will converge on the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette at the Maison & Gourmet department to bring you tastings and cooking demonstrations. As part of its “Go for Good” programme, the brand also offers a responsible selection of products that benefit the environment and local production.

Taste of France at Galeries Lafayette (External link) (French only)

Take a gastronomic visit of the castle of Sedan

The largest castle in Europe, located in the Ardennes, will transform into a gastronomic fortress with a series of tours and tastings. There will also be a local market held in the beautiful courtyard and the ancient galleries.

Gastronomic stroll in the markets of Clermont-Ferrand

On Sept 22, the markets of the city will be in tune with Goût de France with workshops and tastings of local Auvergne products. An unmissable chance to taste the finest cheeses, charcuterie and other Auvergne delicacies!

Relish the Clermont-Ferrand markets, Auvergne (External link) (French only)