Friday, February 27, 2009

The Biggest Farmer's Market in France

The French are certainly known for their cuisine, but cooking isn't the only aspect for them to be proud of. This week is the Salon International de l'Agriculture, an annual event with over 1,000 exhibitors from over 17 countries and 22 french regions. The Salon aims to celebrate the agricultural diversity of France and the world as well as educate about sustainable farming methods.

This is a big deal. Not only does it take place in Paris (can you imagine having a bunch of pigs and horses and tomato plants take over Chelsea Piers?), but the Salon is the place to be this week with even Sarkozy making an appearance.

The diverse exhibit allows you to meet cows and their owners, learn about their living situations, and taste some of the cows' cheese. You can also explore the crops of France by sampling crêpes (ostensibly to learn about grains) and test your nose as you attempt to differentiate between different wine grapes.

Round out your visit by trying food products from all of France's regions (there is a lot of wine and cheese to taste) as well as the overseas domains and territories. There is plenty to taste and plenty to buy but you can practically make a meal with the samples, making the Salon a good place to load up before Fashion Week when there is no time to eat anyway.

Le Salon International de l'Agriculture
Through March 1st, 12€
9am - 7pm (until 11pm tonight)
Porte de Versailles
Paris, France

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