Fête de la Gastronomie

Written by Provence Confidential. Posted in Food

Fête de la Gastronomie

Late in 2010 I wrote about how the United Nations had declared the French meal one of the world’s most cultural treasurers. The Gastronomic Meal of France has since been on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. On the UNESCO website it reads “The gastronomic meal of the French plays an active social role within its community and is transmitted from generation to generation as part of its identity.”

And let the games begin. France will be celebrating the first national Fête de la Gastronomie on September 23, 2011. Over 1600 events are planned nationwide. Just go to the website and enter your postal code (in France) to see events are planned in your area. www.fete-gastronomie.fr

At the covered market in Avignon several chefs will be present for various food tastings and a pie contest has been organized for non-professionals. You have the option of cooking a savoury pie (quiche) or a sweet pie. The event takes place from 9am until 2 pm at Les Halles d’Avignon. For more information or to sign up for the contest contact the tourism office www.avignon-tourisme.com