French gastronomy remains a “flagship” of global cuisine; a benchmark of excellence and rigour.
It’s a savvy blend of heritage and know-how, an expression of human creativity resulting from the alliance, assembly or sublimation of flavours, with wonderful harmony between wines and dishes. Each region of France invites the visitor to enjoy its specialities through moments of sharing and conviviality, in the image of French gastronomy, inscribed on UNESCO’s intangible heritage list of humanity since 2010.
- French gastronomy, a centuries- old legacy: in France, the history of gastronomy dates back to the Gauls, who developed a cult of good food and drink that has been perpetuated over the centuries.
- A cuisine that’s constantly evolving: new trends, creativity of the chefs, new cooking methods catering for globalised tastes, and support for sustainable development.
- French “art de vivre”: holidays enriched by meetings with producers at the local markets or with French chefs who, on a daily basis, transmit their passion and love of their profession.
- 158,500 restaurants and cafés
- 57% of “gastronomes” prefer merchant hosting or staying with friends or family (as opposed to 37% of the total population)
- 52% of “gastronomes” prefer long holidays restaurants
GOÛT DE / GOOD FRANCE BRINGS TOGETHER 2,000 CHEFS, 2,000 MENUS, ON 5 CONTINENTS
Orchestrated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development and the chef Alain Ducasse, Gout de / Good France brings together up to 2000 restaurants in 150 countries to celebrate French gastronomy on March 21, every year since 2015.
In each participating restaurant, the event, in the form of a dinner, pays tribute to the excellence of French cuisine, its capacity for innovation and the values it conveys: sharing, pleasure, and the respect of “eating well”, one’s contemporaries and the planet.
DIJON: INTERNATIONAL CITY OF GASTRONOMY & WINE OPENS IN 2019
2019 will mark a turning point in the history of Dijon, capital of Burgundy. The year will see the opening of a remarkable new 600-hectare urban complex including cultural and tourism-related facilities (shops, restaurants, bars & hotel), an eco-district and a cinema complex, the CIGV, being built at a cost of around 200 million Euros.
It is on the historic site of the old general hospital in Dijon edi ed in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries that these cultural activities will take place. Excellent accommodation will be just as much a part of the scenery, as a 4-star hotel of 125 rooms will be located in historic buildings located just south of the site.