France Tourism has launched a new national event, La Fete de la Gastronomie, designed to celebrate French regional cuisine in a dozen different ways this fall.
Clients traveling in France will find:
On Sept. 23, Relais & Chateaux will open its kitchens to the public to teach a traditional French recipe. On the same day, 1,000 markets in France will be serving up a free soup that is prepared with local ingredients—plus you can take home an exclusive mug designed with the Fete de la Gastronomie logo.
From Sept. 19-25, France hosts its own version of “Restaurant Week,” offering special 2-for-1 deals at participating restaurants all around the country. Celebrated chef Alain Ducasse is in charge of this food-centric event called Tous au Restaurant, embracing all kinds of restaurants: from everyday bistros to Michelin-starred establishments. On the menu will be two prix-fix meals for the price of one.
Picnic in Burgundy from Sept. 23-25, when the tourism office is hosting “les pique-niques” throughout the province. Locations will be in a vineyard, at a historic monument, on the banks of a river port. Clients traveling here should look for signs and join in.
In the Rhone-Alps, Valence restaurants will offer special prices on gourmet desserts and a competition will be held to see who makes the best version of the local specialty, le Suisse. Also, the city of Roanne has a full day (Sept. 23) of tastings, theatrical performances, cooking workshops, a book fair and more.
Paris is coming to the party, with tastings in Paris airports at special kiosks in the main arrival terminals in Charles de Gaulle and Orly. Comptoirs Ricard, a boutique specializing in tea and coffee, will open its seven Paris locations for tastings of the products, and a grand culinary treasure hunt—Rallye Cuisinez—will welcome groups of four to participate in a 10-step hunt around Paris to test their knowledge of gastronomy. The winner is the group that makes it first to the Eiffel Tower.
For additional information, view fete-gastronomie.fr (malheursement—sadly—in French only). However, the language of la gastronomie uses many words and phrases that are universels.