Food & Wine Festivals and Events in France in March and April 2019

There are many Food and Wine Festivals in France and here is my second post in this series. The Food and Wine Festivals for March and April in France. These two months offering everything from giant omelettes, many cheese tasting festivals, a colourful Venetian Carnival to wine tasting events and a celebration of the Coquille Saint Jacques. Why not plan your French holiday around a festival nearby!

Food and Wine Festivals in FranceMar and April 2019


Fête du Citron, Menton

Two more days of this great event, it finishes on 3rd March. for more info check my previous post – Food & Wine Festivals January and February

Sarlat Fest’Oie

2nd and 3rd March

This annual festival celebrates the much-revered goose of this region.   You can expect gaggles of geese wandering and honking through the stunning medieval town of Sarlat.  There will be food tastings, bands playing, workshops and demonstrations and a great banquet. 
For more information and the programme for the weekend click here.

If you visit Sarlat, read about my stay
in this wonderful medieval town

Mer et Vignes – Les Salons Gastronomique

These Gastrononique events take place throughout France and there are four this month to look out for.
For full details of these events click to visit their websit

Salon de Paris à l’Espace Champerret
Friday 1st – Monday 4th March
Espace Champerret – Place de la Porte Champerret, 75017 Paris

Salon de Prévessin-Moëns – Pays de Gex
Friday 8th- Sunday 10th March
Salle Gaston Laverrière – 1168 Route du Stade, 01280 Prévessin-Moëns

Salon de Marcq en Baroeul
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th March
Hippodrome – 137 Boulevard Clémenceau, 59700 Marcq-en-Baroeul

Salon de Lyon à La Palmeraie
Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th March
La Palmeraie – 4 Route de Lozanne, 69890 La Tour de Salvagny

Venetian Carnival, Annecy

15th – 17th March

Whilst not strictly a food or wine festival, I couldn’t leave out The fabulous Venetian Carnival in one of my favourite places to eat! This is an amazing spectacle to see around the lakeside of Annecy.  The beautiful costumes, a great parade and contest for the best dressed! Get up close and mingle with the masques!

And whilst you are in Annecy check out some
of my favourite restaurants.

Randonee Gourmande in Laguiole

Sunday 17th March

A 12km, 18 or 201 km Randonee Gourmande in Laguiole – there are three places to start from at the ski stations in the Midi Pyrenees region. If you love walking and tasting local produce this event Is for you! Discover the cheeses and local wines of this region.
More Info here

Gout de France – Fete de la Gastronomie en France

21st – 24th March

This is a National Celebration of Gastronomy throughout France, celebrated by french chefs and food producers – to check who is participating in your area visit the website and put in your department.

National Cheese Day in France

Wednesday 27th March

Cheese is celebrated all over France at the local productors in every region. Check out this website to see if a Cheese producer near you will be participating

If you love cheese you may like to try some of my
cheese recipes featured on Taste of Savoie

A Tasty tour of Comté in Meribel

Friday 29th – Sunday 31st March

A Tasty tour of Comté cheese in Meribel in the Savoie, Rhone Alps region. Cheese and local produce tastings and cooking demonstrations for this three day event in the ski resort of Meribel. More info here.

Wine festival in Villemoisson-sur-Orge

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March

Wine festival in Villemoisson-sur-Orge in Ile de France in the North.
For the 24th year this is a weekend of wine, local produce and cheese tasting from this region of France with gastronomic produce and many of the principal winegrowers from all over France. See their website for full details.

Wine and cheese tasting festival in The Bourgogne at Is-sur-Tille

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March

Wine and cheese tasting festival in The Bourgogne at Is-sur-Tille.  This is a big event for this region and for it’s 27th edition the Burgundy region will show off it’s local produce, fine wine and cheeses with more than 50 exhibitors. Full programme here.


Salon des vins : Les Printemps de Châteauneuf-du-Pape

6 – 7 April

A gastronomique market and 90 Domaines at this Salon du Vin in Châteauneuf-du-Pape – click here for more info

Marché aux Fromages et à l’artisanat de Montbrun les Bains

Sunday 7th April

An artisanal market showcasing cheeses and local products in Montbrun les Bains in the Drome region in the South of France. Cheese tastings and wines from The Savoie. Visit their website for full details.

The Fete de la Chèvre

Sunday 7th April

Goat Festival in the pretty historic village of Rognes near Aix en Provence in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France. This is the 23rd year for the Festival de la Chèvre.  Goats cheese tastings, demonstrations of cheese making, cooking classes, tours, musicians and local artisans stands.

International Cheese and Wine Fair in Coulommiers

Friday 12 – Monday 15 April

International cheese and wine fair in Coulommiers in the Seine-et-Marne region of France, east of Paris. This is an agricultural fair promoting regional wines and cheeses.  Over 350 exhibitors including craftsmen and women in the culinary trade will exhibit for this four-day gastronomique event which includes competitions, product and wine tastings, including a Brie cheese contest and guess how much the cow weighs!  There is evening entertainments, dinner and live music. Full programme on their website

Mer et Vignes – Les Salons Gastronomique Strasbourg

Friday 12 – Monday 15 April

Salon de Strasbourg
Wacken – Parc des Expositions, 67000 Strasbourg

The Salon of Wine and Cheese in Cazals-Salviac

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April

The Salon of wine and cheese in Cazals-Salviac in The Lot in Occitanie in the South West. A traditional festival that attracts a great number of visitors and the grand wines and well-known cheeses of the region are all represented here.  Including Sainte Nectaire, Rocamadour, Cantal and local produce including beers, chestnuts, walnuts and walnut oils, olive oils, honey, nougat, saffron and oysters.  Check their website for more details.

Giant Omelette festival

Saturday 20 –  Monday 22 April

This amazing and well-known Giant Omelette Festival is over Easter or ‘Paques’ as it is known in France in Bessieres in the Haute Garonne about 30 minutes north of Toulouse. Full programme on site

Fête de la Coquille Saint Jacques

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019

Fête de la Coquille Saint Jacques and Music in Paimpol in Northern Brittany. This is a scallop and music festival not to be missed.   There will be expositions by local fishermen, demonstrations and tastings, visits out on boats, much seafood to eat and great music.  There will be many bands playing throughout the weekend in different locations in the town of Paimpol – check out the full programme here

Please note that we check websites for updates and dates regularly and food-related events are also posted on the Taste of Savoie Facebook Page – but please check the events websites before going to an event as changes happen sometimes!

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6 thoughts on “Food & Wine Festivals and Events in France in March and April 2019

  • February 20, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Sometimes I ask myself, why I don’t live in France… I would love to attend every single one of these marvellous events! What is better than cheese and wine, right?
    Happy we are going to France in April to get a taste of it all
    Louise x

    • February 21, 2019 at 8:42 am

      I love living in France and these food festivals are one of the reasons! Enjoy your visit in April
      Caro x

  • February 21, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I would enjoy so many of these festivals, especially the wine and cheese ones – and the giant omelette fest! So fun!

    • February 22, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      So lucky in France, there always seem to be a food item to celebrate! I’d love to go to the giant omelette festival one year!

  • February 22, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Ok we seriously need to plan my visits better!! I wanna do that Randonnee!! And of course Annecy Carnival… let’s do it next year!

    • February 22, 2019 at 12:42 pm

      doesn’t that Randonee in the Pyrenees look great! The Annecy carnival is a MUST DO!


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