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05/06/20

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Paris Food Festivals: the Best of French Food in Paris

France is a paradise for foodies and each region is characterized by its own distinctive French cuisine and produce.

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 and weekly farmer’s markets proposing delicious French food in every Paris arrondissement.

But it is not only about restaurants and other food establishments: Paris food culture also means fantastic French food festivals and wine fairs all year round.

So get your taste buds ready: this is the list of best French food festivals in Paris that foodies cannot miss. If you are planning a trip to Paris during the coming months, check the upcoming food festivals, perhaps you can add one or two food events in your Paris checklist.

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

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Paris in January  2020

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Epiphany 2020

Galette des Rois

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). This French cake consists 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. Actually, the first Galettes appear in the boulangeries in December!

It is also common that somebody brings a Galette des Rois to the office so we all end up eating many pieces of Galettes : -)

Where: All Paris

Last Date: 6 January 2019

Next Date: 6 January 2020

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Fête de la Coquille de St. Jacques 2020 (Scallop Festival) 

Paris Scallops Festival

The Montmartre neighborhood, in Paris 18, kicks off the year with this beautiful festival to honor coquilles de Saint Jacques (scallops).

In this Paris food festival with selling stands and food tasting, scallops are the main star but there is also wine, cheese, oysters, and other traditional French food. This is a good opportunity to get a taste of Paris.

Where: Montmartre neighborhood (Paris 18)

Last Dates: 27 to 28 January 2019

Next Dates: 25 and 26 January 2020

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Paris Cocktail Week 2020

Paris Cocktail Week

For one week, this Paris cocktail festival 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 recipes thanks to their workshops with the best professionals in the market. Cheers!

Where: All Paris

Last Dates: 18 to 26 January 2019

Next Dates: 24 January to 1 February 2020

 


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Paris in February 2020

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Salon de la Gastronomie des Outre-Mer 2020 (Overseas Gastronomy Fair)

Guadaloupe Markets

The Overseas and Francophone Gastronomy Fair aims to present to the public all the flavors from overseas and French-speaking countries. Travel virtually through the gastronomy and culinary arts of the French Antilles and the Creole world: Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Réunion, St-Martin, St-Barthelemy, St -Pierre-et-Miquelon, Wallis-et-Futuna, etc.

This year, the featured region is Guadeloupe.

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

Last Dates:

Next Dates: 31 January to 2 February 2020

 

La Chandeleur 2020 (Candlemas Day)

French crêpes

The Candlemas Day, on February 2, is also the Crêpes Day in France! Eat your favorite sweet crêpe but also salty recipes in traditional crêperies or little Parisian bistros. If you don’t know where to go to eat your crêpe, have a look at the list of our favorite crêperies in Paris.

During this day, crêpes are also proposed by food trucks and in some bakeries.

Where: All Paris

Last Date: 2 February 2019

Next Date: 2 February 2020

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Paris in March 2020

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The Best Baguette in Paris 2020 Contest

Baguettes in Paris

Warm, crunchy baguettes are definitely a must-try in Paris. Every year, hundreds of Parisian boulangers participate in this contest organized by the Bakers’ Union in the quest for Paris’s best baguette.

The contest is very hard and baguettes must follow very strict conditions: baguettes must measure 55 to 65 cm, weigh 250 to 300 grams and have no more than 18 gr per kilo of salt. A very difficult contest, indeed, which in 2019 was won by Fabrice Leroy baker working at Boulangerie Leroy – Monti (203, avenue Daumesnil in Paris 12).

Apart from the prize (4000€), Fabrice Leroy and his boulangerie will have the honor to serve their baguettes to the Elysée Palace (the French Presidential Palace) for one year.

And the winner of the best baguette of Paris 2020 is . . . by Taîeb Sahal, from boulangerie Les Saveurs de Pierre Demours in Paris 17!! Congratulations to Taîeb, félicitations!!

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

Last Date: 18 April 2019

Next Dates: 5 March 2020

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Bouche à Bouche Festival 2020 (Mouth to Mouth Festival) 

creative cuisine in France

Despite this is a quite new food festival in Paris, Bouche à Bouche is already one of the locals’ favorites!

Bouche à Bouche is a good food and wine festival that also features excellent music. The idea behind this festival is to listen to DJ sets while eating some of the best food in Paris.

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

Last Dates: 14 to 16 March 2019

Next Dates: TBC

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Macaron Day 2020

macarons in paris

Despite macarons are not Parisian cakes (they were actually born in Italy and imported by Queen Catherine de Médicis) these little and colorful pastries are well established in Paris thanks to names like Fauchon or Ladurée.

Today macarons have their own day in France and Paris, 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

Last Date: 20 March 2019

Next Date: 20 March 2020

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National Cheese Day 2020

French cheese

In France, there are so many kinds of cheese that we could eat a different cheese every day!

Even if every day is a good day to eat cheese, French cheese has a National Day in France, the Cheese Day, with events throughout the country.

How many kinds of French cheese do you know? Well, this is the day to try new ones! And because cheese cannot be far from wine, usually cheese festivals come with wine tasting stands.

Last Date: 27 March 2019

Next Date: 27 March 2020

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Salon du Vin et des Vignerons Indépendants 2020 (Wine and Independent Wine-Growers Fair) 

wine festival france

In this Paris wine festival, more than 600 independent wine-growers from the best wine regions in France present their latest wines: reds, whites, rosés . . . anything you can dream.

For those who want to know more about French wines, the fair also organizes wine tasting workshops at least three times a day. Santé!

Where: Espace Champerret – 6 Rue Jean Oestreicher, Paris 17

Last Dates: 22 to 25 March 2019

Next Dates: 20 to 23 March 2020

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Paris in April 2020

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Sugar Paris 2020

French Macarons

Come to this Paris food fair to discover the latest sweet treats and recipes with a dose of glucose.

If you are a fan of macarons, chocolate and French pastries in general, look no further: in this fair, they are the stars!

In Sugar Paris, you will find 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 2018 (there was no festival in 2019)

Next Dates: TBD

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Rhum Fest Paris 2020 

This popular drink in the French Antilles also has its own festival in Paris.

Rhum Fest Paris is the largest rum fair in France and the largest in Europe by the number of different rums present. This year again, Rhum Fest Paris invites the representatives of the most famous brands as well as a stream of producers, ambassadors, rum cellar masters coming from across the globe.

This festival devoted to rum includes masterclasses, 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: 13 to 14 April 2019

Next Dates: 25 to 26 April 2020 for the general public; 27 April 2020 for professionals.

 


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Paris in May 2020

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The Paris Beer Festival 2020

Beers in Paris

The Paris Beer Festival (ex Paris Beer Week) by Paris Beer Club is the only festival in Paris and Ile de France exclusively dedicated to crafted beer, bringing together the independent actors of the French craft beer movement.

During this week expect lots of cool events like a homebrewing contest, or beer tasting.

The closing event, on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd May, is co-organized with the  Ground Control, where all the 52 breweries of Ile de France will meet for the “Grande Finale”.

This festival is not to be confused with the Oktoberfest of Paris, a festival usually happening in September which is not covered in this article.

Where: All Paris and Ile de France. Then at Ground Control – 81 Rue du Charolais, 75012 Paris for the closing weekend.

Last Dates: 7 to 16 June 2019

Next Dates: 26 April to 3 May 2020

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Festival Taste of Paris 2020

The festival Taste of Paris is one of the most famous food festivals in France, proposing the best food in Paris through ephemeral cuisines, gastronomic meetings with professionals and amateurs, and plenty of recipes and cuisine secrets. In addition, there are selling stands, performances, and other workshops.

Organized by Taste Festivals, Taste of Paris is part of a worldwide network of more than 20 events hosted in the most important cities like London, Toronto, Sydney or Hong Kong.

Taste of Paris is held at the magnificent Grand Palais in Paris 8 so you can only expect a superb foodie experience. If you don’t know what to eat in Paris, we are sure that you will find plenty of ideas at the Taste of Paris festival.

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

Last Dates: 9 to 12 May 2019

Next Dates: 14 to 17 May 2020

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La Fête du Pain Paris 2020

French Baguette
The Bread Festival is organized each year all over France, around May 16 – the day of Saint-Honoré, patron saint of bakers.

For this food festival, Paris invites bakers to show their know-how and best pains through outdoor events around this theme, always in a festive atmosphere.

Where: TBD

Last Dates: 13 to 19 May 2019

Next Dates: TBD

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Paris in June 2020

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Salon de la Pâtisserie

French Pastries

This is definitely the pastry show that you don’t want to miss! The third edition of the sweetest show is back in Paris and this year it will host 200 exhibitors covering a surface of over 6.000 m2 with their best traditional and creative proposals.

People visiting the Salon de la Pâtisserie will find over 100 masterclasses, conferences, tasting sessions, and practical courses. Expect to see the big names of the French pâtisserie, like Pierre Hermé, Fauchon, Ladurée but also future promises with their newest creations.

This is a good time to look for new recipes but it is also the perfect occasion to taste the typical Parisian desserts made by the best pâtissiers.

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

Last Dates: 14 to 17 June 2019

Next Dates: 20 to 22 June 2020

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Paris in September 2020

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SFIF – Street Food International Festival 2020

street food paris

The food truck festival, Paris, is an entertaining food fair centered around food trucks and street food in Paris.

This festival of food is a great introduction to Paris street food and cheap eats in Paris. During the day, visitors can try savory proposals by original food trucks and 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

Last Dates: 11 to 12 September 2019

Next Dates: TBD

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Gourmet Food and Wine Selection 2020

This is the biggest food and wine festival in Paris for gourmet food professionals. This French food fair, aimed at distribution channels, gourmet corners, and food catering professionals, brings the best of French food and drink with its more than 300 selling exhibitors.

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

Last Dates: 22 to 23 September 2019

Next Dates: 13 to 14 September 2020

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Omnivore Food Festival 2020

This festival of food in Paris celebrates the youngest, and creative French cuisine and also worldwide.

This year, Omnivore Festival changes everything: director, dates, and address but it remains rebellious and festive, with the ambition to become one of the best Paris food festivals.

Come to this festival to learn, discuss, meet and exchange with young and talented chefs from all over the world. Of course, there are also lots of delicacies to taste so it’s the perfect event in Paris for foodies.

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

Last Dates: 10 to 12 March 2019

Next Dates: 12 to 15 September 2020


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Paris in October 2020

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Fête des Vendanges Montmartre 2020 (Montmartre Harvest Festival)

Montmartre Harvest Festival

The quintessential neighborhood welcomes October and fall in Paris with the new wine harvest from Clos de Montmartre vineyard, located not far from Sacré Coeur.

This wine festival in Paris, one of the most famous French festivals, is a colorful and popular event where traditional French food and wine are the main stars: Clos de Montmartre is the excuse to celebrate but there is much more to taste!

Beware that this is the third most frequented event in Paris after the Nuit Blanche and Paris Plages: more than 400,000 visitors are expected on the streets of Montmartre so if you don’t want to meet the crowds, we strongly recommend avoiding Friday night and Saturday night.

Where: streets of Montmartre, Paris 18

Last Dates:9 to 13 October 2019

Next Dates: TBD

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Salon du Chocolat 2020 (Chocolate Fair)

Chocolate in Paris

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, the Paris chocolate festival proposes 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

Last Dates: 31 October to 3 November 2019

Next Dates: 21 to 25 October 2020

 


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Paris in November 2020

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Nouveau Beaujolais 2020 (Beaujolais Day)

This is a good example of an excellent marketing campaign because – let’s be honest – the Nouveau Beaujolais is not the best French wine at all.

Despite the wine itself, drinking the Nouveau Beaujolais is today a popular tradition in France (and now also worldwide) which lasts 60 years and still counting. The French like to celebrate the Nouveau Beaujolais with friends, family or co-workers.

On this day almost all the bars and bistros of Paris propose the Nouveau Beaujolais, which usually comes with some tasty treats.

Where: All Paris

Last Dates: 21 November 2019

Next Dates: 21 November 2020

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Pari Fermier 2020 (different editions and dates)

French Food Festival

Come to this interesting French food and drink fair to buy fresh and regional produce from all over France, with the possibility to do some food tasting and to eat on site.

Pari Fermier is one of our favorite food and wine festivals in Paris, great to see (and taste) all the goodness France has to offer.

During the year, the organization proposes different events and dates in Paris, usually once a month from October to December, so we suggest visiting their website to check the different dates and locations. On the website, you can usually download a free invitation for two people to the events.

Where: different locations in Paris 12, Paris 15 and Paris 17

Last Dates: 20 to 22 December 2019

Next Dates: TBD

 

Le Grand Tasting 2020

Wine Tasting in Paris

Le Grand Tasting is the must-do fair for wine lovers. It is also the best chance to know about new wine-growers, wine producers and of course to drink some wine!

In Le Grand Tasting visitors can also join their wine masterclasses to learn about the best French wines and how to pair them with different foods to get the most out of their taste.

Where: Carrousel du Louvre, Paris 1

Last Dates: 29 to 30 November 2019

Next Dates: TBD

 


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Paris in December 2020

 

Salon Noël Gourmand 2020 (Christmas Food Fair)

Christmas Food Festival

Winter in Paris comes with this great Christmas food exhibition. Salon Noël Gourmand is dedicated to the art of festive gastronomy: traditional French food, French pastries and of course lots of wine and champagne.

Salon Noël Gourmand is a unique fair in a unique location, where all the exhibitors are present at their stands so you can discuss with them.

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

Last Dates: 14 to 17 December 2018

Next Dates: TBD

 

Christmas Markets of Paris 2020

Christmas-sweets

Technically this is not a Paris food festival but the Christmas markets of Paris are the perfect places to taste festive food and drinks.

In these Christmas markets, there’s a little bit of everything but you can also try cheap and hearty eats traditionally eaten during Christmas in Paris and France like the tartiflette, sweet crêpes, galettes, chocolates or gingerbread, which are even better if washed down with a vin chaud, beer or a glass of champagne.

There are many Christmas markets in Paris, you can find the best ones in this post.

Where: All Paris

Last Date: mid-November 2019 to 5 January 2020

Next Date: mid-November 2020 to the first week of January 2021

 

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  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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 😉

  • 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!

    • WorldInParis
      06/13/2017 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  • 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!

    • 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 🙂

  • 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. 🙂

    • 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 😉

  • 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!

    • 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 🙂

  • 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.

    • 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 😉

  • 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.

    • WorldInParis
      06/13/2017 at 8:10 pm

      Ahahaha. So you are a sweet girl 😉

  • 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!

    • WorldInParis
      06/19/2017 at 12:21 pm

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

  • 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!

    • WorldInParis
      06/13/2017 at 8:10 pm

      It is too hot for food festivals right now 🙁

  • 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!

    • 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! 🙂

  • 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!

    • 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 🙂

      • 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!

  • 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.

    • 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 😉

  • 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.

    • WorldInParis
      06/05/2017 at 2:52 pm

      All crêpes are VERY GOOD! 🙂

  • 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 🙁

    • 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 🙂

  • 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!

    • WorldInParis
      06/03/2017 at 9:31 pm

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

  • 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!

    • WorldInParis
      06/03/2017 at 9:31 pm

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

  • 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!

    • WorldInParis
      06/03/2017 at 9:33 pm

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