France counts New York, Tokyo in on food fest
PARIS, April 20 — France has announced plans to export a major gastronomy festival to New York City and Tokyo in the autumn, to promote French cuisine around the world.
La Fête de la Gastronomie, launched last year, hosted 4,380 epicurean and food-related events across the country. Starred chefs opened the doors to their normally exclusive kitchens, bakers invited the public behind the counter, and whole cities hosted outdoor picnics.
New York and Tokyo aren’t arbitrary choices. Organisers chose to expand the festival to the cities that have the highest number of Michelin-starred chefs outside France.
The festival, created by the French secretary of state in the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry Frédéric Lefebvre, will this year be themed on “terroir”, or local, regional and traditional foods.
In 2010, the rites of French gastronomy — wine-matching, table dressing, the placement of glasses and cutlery, and the fixed structure of the meal — were admitted into UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
A full traditional French meal must start with an apéritif or drinks to whet the appetite, followed by a starter, a fish or meat with vegetables, a cheese course and dessert at a bare minimum.
La Fête de la Gastronomie is scheduled for September 22. — Relaxnews