Tickets for French food fete in New York now available
NEW YORK, July 12 — Tickets for a major food festival meant to promote French gastronomy in New York are now available at a reduced rate for a limited time.
The event was created to highlight regional French cuisines, including crepes and ciders from the Brittany region, and pastis and bouillabaisse from Provence.
Participating chefs include Jacques Pépin, Jean-Louis Gerin, Food Network’s “Chopped” champion of 2012, and members of Les Maitres Cuisiniers de France and l’Academie Culinaire de France, groups that represent the top French chefs in the world.
Other show highlights include a French bulldog show, a pétanque exhibit — the unofficial national sport of France — and a French-style flea market.
La Fête de la Gastronomie last year hosted 4,380 epicurean and food-related events across France where starred chefs opened the doors to their normally exclusive kitchens, bakers invited the public behind the counter, and whole cities hosted outdoor picnics.
The event is being exported to New York and Tokyo this year, cities that boast the largest number of Michelin-starred chefs outside France. Details for Japan are not yet available.
The gastronomy festival, created by France’s former secretary of state in the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry Frédéric Lefebvre, will this year be themed on the concept of “terroir” or local, regional and traditional foods.
La Fête de la Gastronomie this year takes place on September 22 in France, in tandem with another culinary festival, Tous Au Restaurant, which kicks off September 17-23.
Tickets start at US$10 (RM31.70) in July, and go up every month. Tickets at the door will cost US$40. — AFP/Relaxnews