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Paris by mouth: best food festivals in Paris

Best food festivals in Paris, how does it sound? France is a paradise for foodies and each of its regions is characterized by its own distinctive French cuisine and products. Paris and Ile-de-France are central regions where almost anything from the country is available. When it comes to choosing delicacies to try in Paris you are pretty spoilt for choice: over 9.000 restaurants, something like 1.800 pâtisseries proposing delicious French pastries and weekly farmer’s markets in every Paris arrondissement.

But it is not only about restaurants and other food establishments : people can also enjoy fantastic food and wine festivals in Paris all the year round. So get your taste buds ready: we give you all the food and wine festivals in Paris that you cannot miss.

NB: we don’t know about any food festival in Paris during the months of June, July and August. This is probably because it is too hot for some kind of food like cheese? If you know about any food event happening during these months in Paris, feel free to drop us a line.

Related: Check our favorite Paris restaurants

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JANUARY FOOD FESTIVALS IN PARIS 

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EPIPHANY – 6 January

French pastries

The epiphany is a Christian celebration commemorating the visit of the three kings when Jesus was born. On this day French homes eat the traditional Galette des Rois (Kings’ cake). These French pastries (or cakes) consist of flaky puff pastry layers with a dense center of frangipane or apple.  You will find the galette everywhere in bakeries and pâtisseries in Paris (and France) during all January.

Where: All Paris

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FÊTE DE LA SAINT VINCENT ET DE LA COQUILLE DE ST JACQUES (SAINT VINCENT AND SCALLOP FESTIVAL)  – End of January

Montmartre Quarter kicks off the year with this beautiful festival to honor coquilles de Saint Jacques (scallops) but also wine, cheese, oysters, and other traditional French food with selling stands, tastings and street performances.

Where: Montmartre Quarter, Paris 18

Last Dates: 21 to 22 January 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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COCKTAILS WEEK – End of January

Paris invites people to discover new cocktail recipes in more than 50 bars and pubs spread all over the city. But it’s not only about drinking: you can also learn how to make your favorite cocktails or some new exotic cocktails thanks to their workshops with the best professionals

Where: All Paris

Last Dates: 21 to 28 January 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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FEBRUARY FOOD FESTIVALS IN PARIS 

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LA CHANDELEUR (CANDELMAS) –  2 February

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This is the crêpes day in France ! Eat your favorite crêpe in traditional crêperies or little bistrots in Paris. During this day crêpes are also proposed by food trucks and bakeries.

Where: All Paris

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RESTAURANT DAY – Mid February

On Restaurant Day, anybody can open his own “ephemeral restaurant” and propose his favorite recipes for just one day. Walk the streets of Paris and discover interesting culinary proposals for lunch or dinner, it will only last 24 hours!

Where: All Paris

Last Dates: 15 February 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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CHEESE DAY – End of February

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In France there are so many kind of cheese that we could eat a different cheese every day! Cheese has a dedicated day in Paris, the Cheese Day, where people can discover the French cheese but also cheese from other countries. Because cheese cannot be far from wine, there are also some stands where you can taste and buy wine.

Where: Intercontinental Paris Le Grand (1 rue Auber, Paris 9)

Last Dates: 20 February 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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MARCH FOOD FESTIVALS IN PARIS

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OMNIVOROUS FOOD FESTIVAL – Beginning of March

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This festival celebrates the youngest, talented and creative cuisine in France and worldwide. Come to this festival to learn, discuss, meet and exchange with young and talented chefs. Of course, there are also lots of delicacies to taste . . .

Where: Maison de la Mutualité (24 Rue Saint-Victor, Paris 5)

Last Dates: 5 to 7 March 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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BOUCHE À BOUCHE (MOUTH TO MOUTH FESTIVAL) – Mid March

A quite new festival which is already one of the Parisians’ favorites, Bouche à Bouche is a food and wine festival that also features excellent music. The idea behind the festival is to listen to DJ sets, while eating delicious food. The festival also proposes food workshops with renowned chefs and also a good choice of drinks like wine, beer, champagne or coffee.

Where: Théâtre de Nesle (8, rue de Nesle, Paris 6) but location may change

Last Dates: 16 to 8 March 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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MACARON DAY – 20 March

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These little and colorful French pastries were actually born in Italy and imported by Catherine di Medici. Today macarons have their own day in France, just one day before spring! Macarons day has a charity purpose: one donation (un don) = one macaron. Donations go to a charity association so this is a very sweet way to help.

Where: All Paris

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SALON DU VIN ET DES VIGNERONS INDÉPENDANTS (WINE AND INDEPENDENT WINE-GROWERS FAIR) – End of March

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In this fair more than 600 independent wine-growers present their latest wines : reds, whites, rosés . . . anything you can dream. To appreciate all this goodness better, the fair organizes wine tasting workshops at least three times a day. Cheers !

Where: Espace Champerret (6 Rue Jean Oestreicher, Paris 17)

Last Dates: 24 to 27 March 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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APRIL FOOD FESTIVALS IN PARIS

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SUGAR PARIS – End of April 

French pastries

Come to this fair to discover the latest sweet treats and recipes with a great dose of glucose. If you are fan of French pastries. look no further : in this fair they are the stars ! Selling exhibitors but also workshops and cooking courses.

Where: Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles (1, place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris 15)

Last Dates: 20 to 22 April 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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RHUM FEST PARIS – End of April

This is the largest rum fair in France and the largest in Europe by the number of rums present. This alcoholic festival includes master classes, rum tasting courses and a couple of bars. Are you going to miss that?

Where: Parc Floral de Paris. Route de la Pyramide – Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12

Last Dates: 22 to 24 April 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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MAY FOOD FESTIVALS IN PARIS

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PARIS BEER WEEK – Beginning of May

This is the only festival in Ile de France exclusively dedicated to craft beer, bringing together the independent actors of the French craft beer movement. During this week expect lots of cool events like a home brewing contest, beer tasting and a « Grand Finale » closing day festival.

Where: All Paris

Last Dates: 5 to 13 May 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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BEST BAGUETTE OF PARIS CONTEST – Beginning May

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Every year hundreds of Parisian boulangers participate to the contest organized by the Baker’s Union to choose the best baguette of Paris. Baguettes must measure 55 to 65 cm, weight 250 to 300 gr and have no more than 18 gr per kilo of salt. A very strict and difficult contest, won this year by Samir Bouattour from Brun Boulangerie (Paris 13). Apart from the 4000€ prize, Samir will have the honor to serve his baguettes to the Elysée (the French Presidential Palace) for one year.

Where: Syndicat des Boulangers-Pâtissiers du Grand Paris (7 Quai d’Anjou, Paris 4)

Last Dates: 4 May 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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TASTE OF PARIS – Mid May

A very cool festival with ephemeral cuisines, gastronomic meetings with professionals and amateurs, plenty of recipes and cuisine secrets as well as selling stands, performances and other workshops. Add to this fantastic festival a fantastic location (Grand Palais’ central nave) and it is sold !

Where: Le Grand Palais (3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8)

Last Dates: 18 to 20 May 2017

Next Dates: TBC

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SEPTEMBER FOOD FESTIVALS IN PARIS

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STREET FOOD INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – End of September

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This funny food truck festival in Paris is centered around Paris street food, with lots of food trucks proposing many delicious treats. First visitors can taste the tasty food proposed by the food trucks. Later in the afternoon they can vote for their favorite food truck.

Where: Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles (1, place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris 15)

Next Dates: 19 to 20 September

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GOURMET FOOD AND WINE SELECTION – End of September

The biggest Food and wine festival in Paris for professionals, with more than 300 selling exhibitors. The exhibitors of Gourmet Food and Wine Selection will exhibit the latest products and services including gourmet foods, wines and all kinds of gourmet products.

Where: Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles (1, place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris 15)

Next Dates: 24 to 25 September

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OCTOBER FOOD FESTIVALS IN PARIS

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FÊTE DES VENDANGES DE MONTMARTRE (MONTMARTRE HARVEST FESTIVAL) – Mid October

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This Paris quintessential quarter welcomes in October the new harvest from Clos de Montmartre  with a colorful and popular festival where traditional French food and wine are the main stars.  Beware that this food festival in Paris is the third most frequented event in Paris after Nuit Blanche and Paris Plages: more than 400,000 visitors are expected on the streets of Montmartre and we strongly recommend you to avoid Friday night and Saturday night.

Where: streets of Montmartre, Paris 18

Next Dates: 11 October to 15 October 2017

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SALON DU CHOCOLAT – End of October

This fair, you guessed well, is dedicated to Chocolate and it attracts every year chefs chocolatiers, designers, confectioners, chocolate experts and of course chocolate lovers! Apart from some chocolate tasting and buying there are other activities and shows, always related to the world of chocolate.

Where: Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles (1, place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris 15)

Next Dates: 28 October to 1 November 2017

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NOVEMBER FOOD FESTIVALS IN PARIS

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BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU – third Thursday of November

This is a good example of an excellent Marketing campaign because, let’s be honnest, Beaujolais is not the best French wine at all! However drinking Beaujolais is popular tradition in France (and now also around the world) celebrated with friends, family or coworkers which lasts 60 years already. On this day almost all the bars and bistrots of Paris celebrate the New Beaujolais and lots of tasty treats come with.

Where: All Paris

Next Dates: 16 November 2017

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PARI FERMIER – different editions and dates

traditional French food

Come to this interesting fair to buy fresh and regional products from all France, with the possibility to do some food tasting and to eat on site. One of the best food and wine festivals in Paris to see (and taste) all the goodness France has to offer. Check their website to see the different events, dates and download a free invitation.

Where : different locations: rue S. Charles, Paris 15 ; Espace Champerret (6 Rue Jean Oestreicher, Paris 17) or Parc Floral de Paris, Paris 12

Last Dates: 25 to 26 March 2017

Next Dates: 13 to 15 October 2017, 27 to 29 October 2017, 25 to 26 November 2017 and 21 to 23 December 2017

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DECEMBER FOOD FESTIVALS IN PARIS

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LE GRAND TASTING – Beginning of December

This is the fair for wine lovers and also the best chance to know about new wine-growers, wine producers and of course to drink some wine! Join their master class to learn about the best wines.

Where : Carroussel du Louvre

Next Dates: 1 to 2 December

 

SALON NOËL GOURMAND – Mid December

This great Christmas food exhibition is dedicated to all those products which are somehow linked to the Christmas and New Year celebrations: traditional French food,, French pastries and of course lots of wine and champagne. A unique fair in a unique location, where all the exhibitors are producers and present at their stands to discuss with them.

Where : Palais Brongniart (28 Place de la Bourse, Paris 2)

Next Dates: 15 to 18 December 2017

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Nathan
    07/06/2017 at 11:30 am

    Wow– these look amazing! I think of all the places in the world to do a food festival Paris must be one of the best. I’d love to go check it out for myself.

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    Guru
    06/13/2017 at 11:43 am

    This is the ultimate food festival list that I ever came across. And my favorite month would be October month food festival.

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      WorldInParis
      06/13/2017 at 6:22 pm

      Oh yeah, too many things to taste in October! If you are a foodie I would consider a visit to Paris in October 😉

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    Viajar pela história - Catarina Leonardo
    06/12/2017 at 2:06 pm

    This is another way of seeing Paris. I learn a lot reading this post. All the photos of food are amazing!

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      WorldInParis
      06/13/2017 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

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    Sia
    06/08/2017 at 8:43 pm

    This might as well be the best article I’ve stumbled on lately! Almost like it was created especially for food enthusiasts like me haha. The cocktail week sounds great and so many bars are taking part in it! Dreaming of attending the Sugar Paris and the street food event!

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      WorldInParis
      06/10/2017 at 4:00 pm

      I will try to go to the Street Food event next September, it will be very cool 🙂 Thanks for your kind words, Sia 🙂

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    Vicky and Buddy
    06/08/2017 at 2:47 am

    Omg, so many great festivals to go to! I’d be trying to go to all of them, especially the crepe one! And of course the chocolate one in October lol! I had no idea there were so many great food festivals in Paris. 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      06/10/2017 at 4:01 pm

      Oh, and that was just ONLY our personal choice, there are many more food festivals in Paris 😉

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    Megan Jerrard
    06/07/2017 at 1:52 pm

    I think I need to spend the year in Paris! You had me at cocktails week at the end of January, but then also at macaron day!! So many incredible food festivals, I don’t know which I would want to take in more!

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      WorldInParis
      06/10/2017 at 4:02 pm

      I will try to go to the Street Food festival this September and YES, a cocktails week in January is a good way to start the year 🙂

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    Iza Abao
    06/06/2017 at 12:42 pm

    Oh my! You are awesome for making this list. Do you live in Paris? It is the ultimate foodie dream destination. I wish that I can go to these festivals too someday. They all look blissful and scrumptious. If I could pick one only, I would choose the crepe festival. I love crepes.

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      WorldInParis
      06/10/2017 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Iza! Yes, we live in Paris so we are explore the city all the time to bring you awesome lists 😉

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    Punita Malhotra
    06/06/2017 at 11:38 am

    Food festivals are the ultimate way to immerse into a destination. There’s always so much color and liveleness around. Plus everyone is in high spirits. Personally, I would prefer desserts over everything else.

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      WorldInParis
      06/13/2017 at 8:10 pm

      Ahahaha. So you are a sweet girl 😉

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    Miranda
    06/05/2017 at 8:06 pm

    Cheese Day and Sugar Paris sound absolutely delightful! If I ever take a trip to Paris, it would be fun to experience one of those!

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      WorldInParis
      06/19/2017 at 12:21 pm

      Good pick! And maybe we could add some French wine to the cheese? 😉

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    Tarah Mason
    06/05/2017 at 6:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, these are making my mouth water! I’m actually going to Paris next week, but of course there is no food festival written for June! How sad. Guess I’ll just have to make another trip!

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      WorldInParis
      06/13/2017 at 8:10 pm

      It is too hot for food festivals right now 🙁

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    Jennifer
    06/05/2017 at 5:09 pm

    The food is amazing in Paris. I love that they have a festival for everything – even for the gluten-free person. Wine and cheese and cocktails would keep me busy!

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      WorldInParis
      06/10/2017 at 4:13 pm

      In France there is always lots of wine and cheese but yes, next year I want to taste some new cocktails too! 🙂

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    Vicki Louise
    06/05/2017 at 12:57 pm

    Cheese, wine and pastries! Yum! Sign me up the every foodie festival they have – I’d happily eat my way through Paris for a year!

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      WorldInParis
      06/05/2017 at 2:51 pm

      Hahahah, OK! You are allowed to rest from June to August, it is too hot for French delicacies 🙂

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        Vicki Louise
        06/08/2017 at 11:35 am

        Then I will focus my efforts just on making my way through the many varieties of French wine between June and August. A nice glass of cool chenin blanc is so refreshing in hot weather!

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    Christina
    06/05/2017 at 1:25 am

    French food and fine wine? Who can resist? Ahhh Paris is such a romantic city and one that I would love to spend weeks getting lost in.

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      WorldInParis
      06/05/2017 at 2:53 pm

      French food and wine is the perfect alternative for those who are not interested in romance, lol 😉

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    Rhonda Albom
    06/04/2017 at 11:05 pm

    Yum my mouth is already watering. That first photo of the crepe looks so incredibly good.

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      WorldInParis
      06/05/2017 at 2:52 pm

      All crêpes are VERY GOOD! 🙂

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    Danik
    06/03/2017 at 3:12 pm

    Wow! I didn’t even know these food festivals happened in Paris. Now very tempted to check them out (any excuse for local food). But there’s no festivals in July when I am there 🙁

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      WorldInParis
      06/03/2017 at 9:28 pm

      No food festivals in summer time. The reason, I think, it’s because it’s too warm for products like cheese? But if you are lucky you will enjoy PARIS PLAGES 🙂

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    Travellingdany
    06/03/2017 at 2:23 pm

    This post made me hungry!!! The photos you added, oh gosh!!!! I think I’d go for crepes and probably a King’s cake!

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      WorldInParis
      06/03/2017 at 9:31 pm

      Lol! Glad you enjoyed the post. Bon appétit! 🙂

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    Carol Colborn
    06/03/2017 at 12:21 pm

    My favorites would be the mid-May Taste of Paris and the end of September Street Food International Festival!

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      WorldInParis
      06/03/2017 at 9:31 pm

      Good pick! Can’t wait for September to check the Street Food Festival here 🙂

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    Carmen Edelson
    06/03/2017 at 11:59 am

    Any kind of food festival or day has my name written all over it! And if you include wine… I’m so there. How awesome that Paris has a CHEESE DAY! I guess I just need to move here 😉 Thanks for sharing!

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      WorldInParis
      06/03/2017 at 9:33 pm

      A cheese lover? You are at the right place in France 😉

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