France’s best food festivals: where and when – Low Calorie Diets Tips

Markets teeming with local produce, lively café terraces, sun-kissed olive groves tended by third-generation farmers; old truffle farms, vineyards and oyster farms reflecting the beauty of each season…

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Attending a food festival is a golden ticket to sampling seasonal produce, meeting local producers and artisans, and really getting under your skin with France’s down-to-earth food culture. Almost every French specialty has its own Firmly (Festival).

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Fresh black truffles at this two-day truffle festival in Sarlat-la-Canéda in the Dordogne © UliU / Getty Images/iStockphoto

January is all about truffles

Fete de la Truffle
Feast on prized black truffles at this two-day truffle festival in Sarlat-la-Canéda in the Dordogne. The harvest of the black truffle in Provence is celebrated with a truffle fair in Aups.

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A large exhibition of citrus elephants as part of the Fête du Citron
Art made from lemons and oranges at the famous Lemon Festival (Fête du Citron) © AnnaBreit / Getty Images

February is all about lemons and sea urchins

Fete du Citron
Feast on Menton lemons and admire monumental sculptures and floats made from the fruit at the seaside city’s Lemon Festival.

Les Oursinades
lover of our sin (sea urchin) wheezing bucketfuls of its bright orange innards in the fishing port of Carry-le-Rouet on the Côte Bleue.

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Bayonne ham for sale at Foire au Jambon
Bayonne ham for sale in the Pays Basque © Owen Franken / Getty

March is for ham and scallops

Foire au Jambon
The country’s finest cured ham has been celebrated with enthusiasm at Bayonne’s famous Ham Fair in the Pays Basque since 1462.

Fête de la Coquille St-Jacques
Luxurious scallops caught in Brittany’s Baie de St-Brieuc abound at this two-day festival that closes the tightly regulated scallop fishing season. The fishing ports of Paimpol, Saint-Quay-Portrieux and Erquy take turns hosting.

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May is for cherries

Fete de la Cerise
Sun-drenched Céret in Roussillon celebrates its cherry harvest with two days of markets, tastings and live music. Or visit the cherry-rich Basque village of Itxassou.

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Garlic and chillies at a market in Uzès, France
Garlic and chillies at a market in Uzès, France © Filou-France / Getty Images

June stands for garlic

Foire a l’Ail
Intoxicating scents fill the honey-colored Languedoc town of Uzès during the Garlic Fair.

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July is for oysters

Fêtes de l’Huître
Summer-long seafaring towns around the Bassin de Thau on the Atlantic coast toast the iconic Bouzigues oyster with tastings, boisterous oyster feasts at communal tables and visits to local oyster farms.

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A man holds a bottle of champagne on the
A man with a bottle of champagne on the Avenue of Champagne in Epernay © stocknshares / Getty Images

August is for champagne

Route du Champagne en Fête
Free tastings in the cellars of more than 20 world-class champagne houses are a highlight of this weekend festival celebrating the world’s most famous sparkling wines.

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September is for mussels

Braderie of Lille
Europe’s largest outdoor flea market in Lille is as much about mussel overdosing as it is about bargain shopping.

Taste of Paris
Filling the Grand Palais in Paris, this brilliant food fair showcases a huge range of French food products, regional cuisines and cooking styles – with tastings, meals, live cooking and cooking classes.

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A cow decorated with flowers
Cattle adorned with flowers at the La Belle Dimanche Festival © Atlantide Phototravel / Getty

October is for chestnuts, cows and chili peppers

Fete de la Chataigne
Pick, eat and fill up on sweet chestnuts native to the forests around Collobrières in the Massif des Maures in Provence.

Le Retour des Alpages
The return of cattle from the mountain pastures has been cause for celebration since the Middle Ages. Annecy celebrates with traditional music, flower-bedecked cows and street stalls selling local Savoyard cheese.

Fete du Allspice
A formal blessing of the city’s chili peppers and the refinement of a chevalier du allspice (a Knight of the Pimiento) are highlights of this chili pepper fair in Espelette, Pays Basque.

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November is all about wine

Beaujolais Nouveau
On the third Thursday in November, the bottles of cherry red Beaujolais Nouveau are cracked at midnight sharp – and what a party in Beaujolais and nearby Lyon.

Vente aux Encheres des Vins de Hospices de Beaune
The biggest of all wine festivals on Burgundy’s prestigious Côte d’Or, this is a three-day extravaganza of tastings, cuisine and a private wine auction.

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A Christmas market in France
The warm light of the Strasbourg Christmas market, which lasts a month © Sami Sert / Getty Images

December is for Christmas markets

Marché de Noël
mug off Vin Chaud (mulled wine) in hand, stroll through fairytale stalls selling handicrafts and spices bredele (biscuits) at the month-long Strasbourg Christmas market.

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