February 8-13: celebrate Mardi Gras all week long at Lulu White, the cocktail bar named after a famous New Orleans madame. They’ll have plenty of beads and slushy drinks on hand and a jazz or blues concert every single night this week. From 8pm onwards each night at 12 rue Frochot, 75009.
February 11-14: The Taste of Paris returns to the Grand Palais. The food festival will feature more than 18 chefs and 60 different bites.
February 12: A housewarming party, so to speak, for the new craft beer shop Houblon ou Brune. There will small plates and beers all night at the celebration. From 6-10pm at 16 rue de Cotte, 75012.
February 13: Get buzzed and sing your heart out at a Valentine’s Day Love Buzz karaoke at Red House. There’s will be plenty of bitterness and penis cookies to go around. From 8pm onwards at 1 bis rue de la forge royale, 75011.
February 23-26: the Salon du Fromage will feature 165 producers, farmers and cheesemongers from 13 different countries for a celebration of all things dairy. There will be ample tastings, discussions of major trends in cheese, and even cheese platter composition contests. From 9am-7pm at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles at 1 place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015.
February 23: learn more about biodynamic wines at the American Library in Paris with a workshop from Josh Adler of Paris Wine Company. The tasting will include a discussion of the process of biodynamic winemaking and the difference from conventional production, and cheese and charcuterie. Tickets are 45€. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. From 7:30pm at 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007.
February 27-March 6: the annual Salon de l’Agriculture will be held at the Porte de Versailles expo center, featuring thousands of prize-hungry animals, ranging from pigeons to two-ton bulls, plus an entire hall devoted to sampling and buying products from the many distinct regions of France. Read more in Our Guide to the Salon de l’Agriculture.
Every Tuesday night: a live jazz concert to accompany absinthe based cocktails at the Pigalle bar Lulu White. From 7:30-11pm at 12 rue Frochot, 75009.
Every Saturday: a free wine tasting every Saturday, usually with a winemaker or two present, at La Dernière Goutte from 11am-7pm. Visit them at 6 rue de Bourbon de Chateau, 75006.
Every Sunday evening:bingo & pastrami (and other American) sandwiches at Freddie’s Deli. Prizes are different each week. From 6pm onwards at 22 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011.
March 6-8:Omnivore, the food festival devoted to “young cuisine” returns to Paris from their world tour with a series of demonstrations in Sweet, Savory, Artisan, Street Food and Beverage scenes. For the first time ever, they’ll add an “avant-garde” scene and the city of Montreal will be this year’s guest of honor.
March 20: the annual Jour du Macaron to celebrate macarons and raise money for charitable causes.
April 2-4: the largest rum salon in all of Europe, Rhum Fest, takes place in the Parc Floral Vincennes all weekend. There will be master classes, a cane cocktail club, tastings and food trucks. Tickets are 35€ for a single day or 60€ for two.
June: the Salon de Vin RDF will welcome hundreds of winemakers to the Palais de Brongniart for 2 days of tasting.
Late September:La Fête de la Gastronomie, a 3 day celebration of Gallic gastronomy, will be taking place throughout France. The hundreds of events both in Paris and outside include markets, tastings, international cooking classes, picnics, cheese fashion shows, and more.