Media Release: France’s Fete de la Gastronomie will soon be here!

From September 20 – 22, France will honour its gastronomy by celebrating its richness and diversity through exciting events and competitions

RECOGNISED by UNESCO as a ‘world intangible heritage’, French gastronomy is of one of France’s most precious cultural assets.

The annual ‘Fete de la Gastronomie’ brings the country together around the theme of food, fun and festivities and this year, for the first time, the festival is being celebrated for not just one, but three days!

2012 saw 150,000 professionals organising 3,800 events throughout France which means that this edition will have even more on the menu! This year, the festival will bring together public and private sector professionals from a variety of backgrounds such as hotels, restaurants and cafes, agriculture, the artisan food sector, winegrowing and markets.

Some of this year’s event highlights include:

  • Large-scale banquets including an 800-person banquet at the Palais des Papes in Avignon
  • Parties at the Grand Palais in Paris
  • ’24 hour cooking race’ in Le Mans
  • Cassoulet-cooking competition in Carcassonne
  • Picnics sprinkled around France where everyone is welcome
  • Various food lovers’ trails
  • A national amateur cooking competition with Michel Guérard as its patron
  • A drawing competition for kids where top chefs will cook up surprise dishes for the winners

This year, 27 top chefs from the 27 regions of France have each agreed to create a simple, low cost (€5) gastronomic recipe. These recipes will be available to everyone on the website for free to show that gastronomic cuisine can be accessible to all.

The recipes will use seasonal and local produce, incorporate a symbolic element from other cultures to acknowledge culinary diversity, be creative and innovative to showcase the chef’s skills and be simple and practical so that anyone, anywhere, can cook it using few utensils.

We’ll be throwing the spotlight on regional gastronomy with our blog through weekly articles, kicking off with PACA and followed by Aquitaine, Burgundy and the Nord-Pas de Calais.

For more information on the festival and a list of events, head to


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