What better way to familiarize yourself with French food culture than with some Parisian food festivals?
There is always so much talk about France's food culture, the cuisine, the gastronomy. It can be overwhelming, how are you supposed to know where to start? Of course, Paris boasts some amazing French gastronomy, but you can also find interesting varieties form all over the world. We listed out a few upcoming Paris food festivals to make it easier for you to venture out into the mouth-watering kitchens of Paris. If you'll miss some of the events because your travel dates to Paris don't coincide, don't worry, most are annual events and will be back next year during the same timeframe! Bon appetit!
Salon international d'agriculture
February 24 - March 4, 2018
This festival highlights international agriculture of today based on four different sectors--Crops and plants, Agricultural Services and Professions, Livestock Production and its sectors, and Products from France and the rest of the world. This year's theme is "agriculture as a collective adventure". The show will focus on how modern trends affect agriculture and the farming sector. Isn't this for farmers? you may ask...rest assured, as this huge event is really just one big food fest! Aside from educating and being socially conscious, the food options being offered are endless. The event is great for the whole family to explore cuisine from all different cultures, and there is one section with livestock, like a mini petting zoo for the kids with cows, sheep, goats, and more. It's a perfect combination that enables you to feel good about what you're eating and not so bad about how lunch was your favorite subject in school. The salon takes place at the Porte de Versailles convention center complex, we're taking halls and halls of multi-level food options, easily accessible on public transport.
Paris Agriculture Salon English Site
Le Food market
March 22, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 5, 2018
Le Food Market is a market dedicated to freshly made foods either to eat there at large community tables or to-go. It is held on a Thursday of each month, giving you plenty of options to work into your schedule. It is set up like a farmer's market with stalls and booths. The best part--dishes are normally under 10 EUR each. In addition to French cuisine, Le Food Market aims to exhibit varieties of different cuisines from all over the world, and redefine the meaning of French street food. There are 80 different participants there trying to satiate those taste buds. Don't be afraid to be shoulder to shoulder with other Parisians here, you'll be able to meet new people and bond over getting your grub on. Unfortunately, they don't have an English site, but details are available on the Le Food Market French site.
Omnivore food festival
March 4-6, 2018
Dedicated to young French and international cuisine, Omnivore unites chefs from all over the world with this international festival. Aptly named the "Omnivorous World Tour", there are celebrations all throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Australia. Focusing on the "Young cuisine", Omnivore is prepared to host and connect the most talented undiscovered chefs with each other and over 10,000 guests. Here, you can have a taste of the newest up and coming flavors and possibly run into some big names in you might already know. Unfortunately, they don't have an English site, but details are available on the Omnivore French site.
April 20-22, 2018
Those with a sweet tooth or simply an appreciation for all things sugary will enjoy Sugar Paris. This Paris food festival has newly merged with Expogato, so not only is there delicious sweets and pastries for your stomach to fill up on, but there is now an entire expo for your eyes to feast on as well. Chefs of all skill levels will showcase their best work, and there are even workshops to improve your own skills. You'll be able to meet cake designers, observe the cake design competition, and watch demonstrations from famous chefs. How sweet does that sound? If you have a sweet tooth, this is a can't miss event, see all their details here
taste of paris
May 17-20, 2018
For four days, the Grand Palais transforms into a venue for the city's most amazing restaurants to open for dining and drinking with live entertainment. The menu here ranges from Michelin-star rated chefs to the newest trend setting talents of which you are able to sample to your heart's--and your stomach's--content. If you want to improve your own skills, make sure you make a reservation ahead of time for their free cooking sessions; there are a limited number of spots available. With VIP, there's access to a lounge, a top notch champagne bar, and a birds-eye view from the mezzanine of the whole thing unfolding right before your eyes. Details here
que gusto mexican festival
June 2018, dates TBD
Sometimes you just crave tacos and there's no stopping it. Don't worry, we're not here to stop you, we're here to encourage you. A plethora of Mexican restaurants participate in Festival Que Gusto, and with the help of Internet voters alongside other chefs and food critics, you can help vote for the best tacos in Paris. Tequila and Mezcal will help guide you through the process if you seem to have a bit of trouble, and if that doesn't help, there are cooking classes available for you to sign up. Finish your night with some dancing and celebration of Mexican culture and gastronomy within Paris.
And of course, what's better once you've filled your bellies with delicious French food and international cuisines, than heading to the theatre for a night among the locals?! Whether you want a lighthearted comedy after a food-filled day, a French classic, or a musical to sing-along to, Theatre in Paris has made a variety of shows accessible to international audiences.