- Late January-Early February: A trio of Loire Valley wine tastings that draw wine buyers and enthusiasts from all over the world: La Renaissance des Appellations (Jan 31-Feb 1 in Angers), Les Vins Anonymes (Feb 1 in Angers) and La Dive Bouteille (Feb 1-2 in Saumur).
- February 21-March 1: 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.
- March 8-10: Omnivore, the food festival ambiguously devoted to “young cuisine” returns from their world tour to Paris bigger and and more international than before. In addition to the Sweet, Savory, Artisan and Beverage scenes, there will be a “Street Food” scene for the first time featuring tacos, bao, fish & chips and more. 39€ for a one-day pass and 99€ for all three days. From 9:30am-6pm at Maison de la Mutualité, 24 rue Saint Victor, 75005.
- March 20: The annual Jour du Macaron to celebrate macarons and raise money for charity. A single macaron is “free” in exchange for a charitable donation at Pierre Hermé and many other pastry shops. Expect long lines at any of these shops today.
- Late March: the Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants will return to the smaller and more manageable Porte de Champerret for days of tastings with many hundreds of outstanding winemakers.
- June 5-6: the Salon de Vin RDF will welcome hundreds of winemakers to the Palais de Brongniart for 2 days of tastings.
- 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, classes, picnics and more.
- Mid-October: The Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre celebrates the harvest of the neighborhood’s 1,200+ grape vines with a literary themed festival including poetry slams, a parade, singing children, and over 100 food and wine stalls.
- Late October-Early November: the annual Salon du Chocolat will take place at the Porte de Versailles.
- Late November-Early December: the massive Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants will return to the sprawling Porte de Versailles complex (crowds are intense) and Le Grand Tasting will welcome hundreds of wine makers to the Carousel du Louvre.
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