French Food Festivals in Paris: Food Culture & Tasting [2023]

Paris Food Festivals 2023

France is a paradise for foodies, and each region 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 spoilt for choice: over 9,000 restaurants, something like 1,800 pastry shops, 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 the best French food festivals in Paris that you cannot miss. If you plan a trip to Paris during the coming months, check the upcoming Paris food events; perhaps you can add one or two food fairs to your Paris checklist.

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Paris in January  2023


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.

The Epiphany is on 6 January. However, in those countries like France, where it is not a public holiday, this feast’s celebration is fixed for the Sunday closest to 6 January.

You will find the Galette des Rois everywhere in bakeries and pâtisseries in Paris (and France) during all of 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

Next Date: 8 January 2023

Next Date: 8 January 2024

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

Paris Scallops Festival

Montmartre kicks off the year with this beautiful festival to honor the 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 the wine, cheese, oysters, and other traditional French food. This is a good opportunity to get a taste of Paris in one of its most iconic neighborhoods.

Where: Montmartre (Paris 18)

Last Dates: 21 and 22 January 2023

Next Dates: TBD 2024

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

Guadaloupe Markets

In this food festival, Paris celebrates the flavors from France Overseas and other 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, and more.

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

Last Dates: 31 January to 2 February 2020

Next Dates: 27 to 29 January 2023 this event was canceled

Paris in February 2023

La Chandeleur (Candlemas Day)

French crêpes

Candlemas Day, on 2 February, is also Crêpes Day in France! This is one of our favorite French food event, when everybody eats his favorite sweet crêpe but also salty recipes (galettes) in traditional crêperies or little Parisian bistros.

During this day, many food trucks and some bakeries sell crêpes on the go. If you don’t know where to eat your favorite crêpe, have a look at the list of our favorite crêperies in Paris.

Where: All Paris

Last Date: 2 February 2022

Next Date: 2 February 2023

Salon du Chocolat (Chocolate Fair)

Chocolate in Paris

This Paris food festival, you guessed well, is dedicated to chocolate. It attracts every year chefs, chocolatiers, designers, confectioners, chocolate experts, and chocolate lovers!

Apart from some chocolate tasting and buying, this 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: 28 October to 1 November 2022

Next Dates: 13 to 15 February 2023

Paris in March 2023

Paris Cocktail Week

Paris Cocktail Week

For one week, this Paris cocktail festival invites people to savor famous French drinks and 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: 7 to 14 March 2022

Next Dates: TBD 2023

Macaron Day

macarons in paris

Macarons have their own day in Paris and France, just one day before spring! Macarons Day is a celebration organized by French pastry shops with a charity purpose: one donation (un don) = one macaron. Donations go to a charity association, a sweet way to help.

You can also celebrate Macarons Day with this fun, self-guided macaron walking tour, which covers the main macaron shops in Paris.

Where: All Paris and France

Last Date: 20 March 2022

Next Date: 20 March 2023

National Cheese Day

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 many 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 tastings.

Where: all Paris and France

Last Date: 27 March 2022

Next Date: 27 March 2023

Salon du Vin et des Vignerons Indépendants (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 of.

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

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

Last Dates: 22 to 25 March 2012

Next Dates: 17 to 19 March 2023

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Paris in April 2023

Sugar Paris

French Macarons

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

If you are a fan of macarons, chocolate, and French pastries, look no further: in this food festival in Paris, 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 2022

Next Dates: TBD 2023

Rhum Fest Paris

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 Europe by its variety of rums. Every year, Rhum Fest Paris invites the representatives of the most famous brands and a stream of producers, ambassadors, and rum cellar masters 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 2022

Next Dates: 1 to 3 April 2023

Paris in May 2023

The Paris Beer Festival

Beers in Paris

The Paris Beer Festival (former 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 French craft beer movement’s independent actors.

This week, expect lots of cool events in all of Paris, like a homebrewing contest or beer tasting. Then, there’s a closing event where all the 52 breweries of Ile de France 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 in Paris 12 for the closing weekend.

Last Dates: 7 to 16 May 2022

Next Dates: 8 to 14 May 2023

The Best Baguette in Paris Contest

Baguettes in Paris

Warm and crunchy, the Parisian baguette is definitely a must-try in Paris. Every year, hundreds of Parisian bakers participate in this contest organized by the Bakers’ Union to choose the best baguette in Paris.

Baguettes must follow rigorous conditions: they must measure 55 to 65 cm, weigh 250 to 300 grams, and have no more than 18 gr per kilo of salt. A tough contest, indeed, which in 2022 was won by Damien Dedun baker working at the boulangerie Frédéric Comyn (rue Cambronne, Paris).

Apart from the prize (4,000€), Taieb SAHAL and his boulangerie will have the honor of serving delicious baguettes at the Elysée Palace (the French Presidential Palace) for one year.

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

Last Date: 5 May 2022

Next Dates: TBD 2023

Festival Taste of Paris

Apéritif food

The festival Taste of Paris is one of the most famous food festivals in France. It showcases the best food in Paris through ephemeral cuisines, gastronomic meetings with professionals and amateurs, and plenty of original recipes. Besides, 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, and Hong Kong.

Taste of Paris is held at the Grand Palais Éphémère, with the Eiffel Tower in the background, 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 this Paris food festival.

Where: Grand Palais Éphémère – Place Joffre, Paris 7

Last Dates: 13 to 16 May 2022

Next Dates: 11 to 14 May 2023

La Fête du Pain

French Baguettes

The Bread Festival is organized annually all over France, around May 16 the day of Saint-Honoré, the 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: 14 to 22 May 2022

Next Dates: TBD

Paris in June 2023

Salon de la Pâtisserie

French Pastries

This is one of the Paris food festivals you don’t want to miss! The sweetest food fair 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, and 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 pastry chefs.

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

Last Dates: 14 to 17 June 2022

Next Dates: 17 to 19 June 2023

Paris in September 2023

Cuisine de Rue Street Food Festival, Paris

Kebab at Rue des Rosiers

Cuisine de Rue is an entertaining food festival in Paris centered around food trucks and street food. This food festival held in Paris is a great introduction to 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 ones.

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

Last Dates: 2 to 4 September 2022

Next Dates: TBD September 2023

Omnivore Food Festival

street food paris

This food festival held in Paris celebrates the youngest and creative cuisine. It is a rebellious and festive, with the ambition to become one of the best Paris food festivals.

Here, there are different scenes: salty, sweet, cocktails, artisants, avant-garde and coffee.

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 many 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 September 2022

Next Dates: 9 to 11 September 2023

Paris in October 2023

Fête des Vendanges Montmartre (Montmartre Harvest Festival)

Montmartre Harvest Festival

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

One of the most famous festivals in France, the Fête des Vendanges is a colorful and popular event where traditional French food and wine are the main stars. The Clos de Montmartre wine 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, avoid Friday and Saturday evening.

Where: streets of Montmartre, Paris 18

Last Dates: 5 to 9 October 2022

Next Dates: 11 to 15 October 2023

Paris in November 2023

Nouveau Beaujolais (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.

Despite the wine itself, drinking the Nouveau Beaujolais is 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: 17 November 2022

Next Dates: 17 November 2023

Pari Fermier (different editions & dates)

French Food Festival

Come to this interesting French food festival to buy fresh and regional produce from all over France, with the possibility of doing some food tasting and eating on-site.

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

During the year, the organization proposes different dates in Paris, usually in March and November. These are paid festivals, but you can usually download a free invitation for two people on their website.

Where: Village Saint-Charles – Rue Saint-Charles, Paris 15

Last Dates: 20 to 22 December 20122

Next Dates: 25-26 November 2023

Le Grand Tasting

Wine Tasting in Paris

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

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

Where: Carrousel du Louvre, Paris 1

Last Dates: 25 to 26 November 2022

Next Dates: TBD November 2023

Paris in December 2023

Salon Noël Gourmand (Christmas Food Fair)

Christmas Food Festival

Winter in Paris arrives with the 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 Paris food 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 2022

Next Dates: TBD December 2023

Christmas Markets in Paris


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

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

There are Christmas markets in almost all the neighborhoods of Paris. Here’s the list of the best Christmas Markets in Paris.

Where: All Paris

Last Date: mid-November 2022 to 5 January 2023

Next Date: mid-November 2023 to the first week of January 2024

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