An annual celebration of French gastronomy

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Every September 22, France pays tribute to its cultural asset with a nationwide celebration of all things food – Fête de la Gastronomie

In 2010 UNESCO declared French gastronomy a “world intangible heritage”. In doing so, the classic multi-course meal and all the rites that go with it – the pairing of wines with dishes, table dressing, precise placing of water and wine glasses and cutlery – was forever marked as a cultural practice worthy of protection.

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Annual celebration of French gastronomy
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Ever since, every September 22, France has paid tribute to this highly regarded cultural asset with a nationwide celebration of all things food – the Fête de la Gastronomie. Well, all things French food anyway. Essentially, it’s treated as an opportunity for every person in France who’s passionate about food (read: all French people) to learn, be inspired and indulge themselves.

French bread, snapped in Entrecasteaux, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
French bread, snapped in Entrecasteaux, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur by geographyalltheway.com

This year, more than 2,000 events across the country will showcase French culinary classics under the theme, “Terroirs: creativity and tradition” (terroir roughly translates as local produce, or local speciality). They’ll include banquets, tastings, tours, contests, markets, exhibitions, food festivals, and huge picnics. To find out more about the events on offer head over to the official Fête de la Gastronomie website.

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An annual celebration of French gastronomy was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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