Calling all good food lovers, the international festival Taste of… returns to Paris! Focusing on gastronomy with a cosmopolitan twist for all to enjoy, this event rich in flavour and fragrance will turn the Grand Palais into a genuine shrine to great food. The 5th edition gives pride of place to Parisian pâtisserie and the city’s finest pastry chefs.
If your taste buds have a taste for adventure, then here are 5 good reasons that should convince you to go along to the event:
1. To taste cooking from the best restaurants in Paris
Over 4 days, the Grand Palais will play host to no less than 20 ephemeral restaurants. Bistronomy, world food, Michelin-starred cuisine and high-end pâtisserie, all under one roof: in short, a foodie paradise. Visitors will have a chance to sample signature dishes and specialities from great Parisian restaurants, in bite-size portions concocted especially for the occasion.
2. To meet the stars of French gastronomy
This year, Taste of Paris features no less than 60 chefs from some of the best Parisian restaurants. They include famous names like Michelin-starred chefs Christophe Moret from L'Abeille at the Shangri-La, Giuliano Sperandio from Le Clarence or Frédéric Anton from the Pré Catelan, and pastry whiz-kids François Daubinet of Fauchon and Christophe Michalak of Michalak Paris. Others are part of the prominent wave of new talents like Juan Arbelaez, Pierre Sang Boyer or Denny Imbroisi.
3. To discover the latest trends in Parisian gastronomy
Launched in 2004 in London, the Taste of … festival takes place in 22 cities around the world attracting visitors come from all 5 continents. This is a unique opportunity for chefs to demonstrate their creativity.
Some tempting delights to try: Christian Le Squer’s Pebble of foie gras with smoked mustar; Kei Kobayashi’s Crab flesh and Kristal caviar with nettle cream; Thierry Marx’s Pressed gingerbread with apple.
4. To unveil the secrets of top chefs
Taste of Paris is also a platform for dialogue and learning. Interested visitors have the opportunity to attend workshopsand unique cooking demonstrations, to discover the know-how and tips of top chefs. Children can also take part in workshops and cookery classes designed especially for their needs. There is so much to inspire cooking fans as well as budding little cooks!
5. To purchase exceptional products
Spread over an area of 1,000 m², the gourmet food market brings together 100-odd artisans and producers of rare ingredients who work with great chefs. Visitors can discover and purchase top-quality products that are used in the kitchens of Paris’s top restaurants.
For its new edition in France, the Taste of Paris festival promises to whet the appetite!
30 avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8th
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Times and prices
Day session: from 11.30am to 4pm or evening session: from 7pm to 11.30pm
Early bird tickets: €20 per session
Tickets bought on the spot: €25 per session
Reduced price for visitors aged 10-18: €15
Free entry for under 10s
Extra charge for tasting sessions
Free cooking classes