As there are a plethora of food and wine festivals and events in France, I thought I’d let you know about them. There are so many things I love about living in France but the celebration of food and wine is right up there at the top of the list. There is always a food item or wine to be celebrated all over France. Major events are marked with good food and fine wine is revered throughout the Country. This year I am compiling a list of major food and wine festivals all over France. I will be publishing 2 months at a time, so watch out for the next one at the end of February.
Truffle Festival – Sarlat-la-Canéda
19 – 20 January
This annual event celebrates everything Truffle! Organised by the Groupement des Producteurs de Truffes du Périgord Noir and the city of Sarlat the whole weekend is centred around this amazing mushroom.
There are workshops for truffle identification, aroma, how to purchase a truffle. A large truffle market with many fresh truffles and products derived from truffles. There will be truffle hunting demonstrations, cooking classes and truffle tastings.
Saint Vincent Tournante – Burgundy
26 – 27 January
Each year in Burgundy the winegrowers from each village get together at the end of January to thank their Patron Saint St Vincent for their wine harvest and ask for his protection for the next wine harvest. This wine festival has ancient roots dating back to the Middle Ages. Each year the festival is held in a different village which is why it is called ‘Tournante’ which means ‘in rotation’ in French. Over the weekend there is a wide range of activities including a procession, a Mass, a big dinner and plenty of wine tastings of the wines of Burgundy. This is a large event and normally attracts over 30,000 visitors. For more detailed information and to reserve your wine tasting kit, click here.
Salon des Vignerons et des Terroirs – Food and wine Fair – Calais
1 – 3 February
This is the 13th edition of the three-day food and wine lovers event organized by The Salon des Vignerons et des Terroirs. Held at The Forum Gambetta in Calais, there will be food and wine tastings, over 40 wine producers from all over France and local and regional food
La percée de Vin Jaune – Poligny, Franche Comte
This is the 22nd edition of the wine festival to celebrate the vin jaune ‘yellow wine’. This is a specific type of wine that after being fermented is matured in oak casks. The four appellations for discovery are: Château-Chalon (AOC), Arbois (AOC), l’Étoile (AOC) and Côtes-du-Jura. Talk to the winemakers, taste the wine and learn about this wine and the region. This is a very busy festival and tickets must be purchased in advance. For the full programme and to buy your tickets online click here.
2 – 3 February
This is the third VeggieWorld event in Lyon. Discover a vegan lifestyle. There will be around 80 exhibitors and over 800 vegan products. There will be conferences and workshops. This event showcases an opportunity to discover a new lifestyle while respecting the environment. There will be foods, drinks cosmetics, household products, fashion and lifestyle items and restaurants. Held at La Sucriere, 49 – 50
Visit the website for more information.
Neiges Étoilées – Châtel, Haute Savoie
6 – 9 February
Neiges Etoilées is a gastronomic food festival held in Châtel, one of the ski resorts of the Portes du Soleil in the Haute Savoie. This festival includes many culinary events but the main attraction is the Concours des chefs – a culinary competition where chefs can show off their specific talents, culinary skills and originality. This
To see the full programme of events click here
Fête du Citron, Menton
16 February – 3 March
This unique event hailed as one of the worlds best festivals brings a fantasy world to life in celebration of everything citrus. 20 days of festivities. With a carnival atmosphere, a procession of floats, gardens of lights and giant art displays, exhibitions, dancers and musicians – this is an event not to miss! click here for all you need to know about the Fête du Citron in Menton
Please note: that we check websites for updates regularly and food and wine-related events are posted on the Taste of Savoie Facebook Page – but please check the events websites before going as changes happen sometimes!
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