Events, Promotions & Traditions

France made its mark at the 15th annual World Cup of Patisserie, which took place in January in Lyon, France. This international event of the pastry-making profession was created in 1989 by French pastry chef Gabriel Paillasson. In total, 22 teams composed of three chefs from four different continents competed in challenges over the course […]

This past March 21st marked the second annual Good France/Goût de France event, which celebrates French gastronomy through a unique event that brings together thousands of people all around the world around a meal based on the tradition and innovation of French cuisine. Dinners served simultaneously in participating restaurants honored the merits of French cuisine, […]

The event Good France, which takes place March 21st, 2016, is a unique occasion to taste all that French culinary traditions have to offer. It brings together more than one thousand chefs on 5 different continents in a celebration of French gastronomie. The event takes the form of a special themed dinner in each participating […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture has simplified its “A Fruit at Recess” program and made it easier for local governments to participate in the groundbreaking program. Now local governments have less steps to complete the application and the overall process is much simpler. The “A Fruit at Recess” program was started in 2008 and provides […]

After nearly two weeks of assembly, the World Heritage Committee concluded its annual session on July 8, 2015, which resulted in two French additions to UNESCO’s World Heritage List: The production properties of Champagne and the climats and terroirs of Burgundy. France is now home to 41 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The first of the […]

The French Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry Stéphane Le Foll visited the United States from June 24th to June 29th. His tightly packed agenda included many meetings with US Agricultural officials on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and events involving international organizations, researchers, farmers and NGOs. At one of such events – a […]

Monday, May 18th marked the launch of America’s first annual celebration of Fresh Attitude Week in six of the country’s largest public school districts: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orlando. Together forming the Urban School Food Alliance (USFA), these six districts teamed up with the French organization responsible for creating Fresh […]

French Minister of Agriculture, Stephane Le Foll, praised the historic step taken on May 21st in Geneva for the international protection of Geographical Indications. The 28 member states of the Lisbon Agreement decided by unanimity to extend the current international protection system of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO- also referred to as appellation d’origine controlée […]

Within the framework of the collaboration between the French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO) and the American Origin Products association (AOPA), the French Ministry of Agriculture (MAAF) and the INAO welcomed on April 29, 2015 the Idaho Potatoes Commission -member of the AOPA – in the presence of OriGIn France and the French […]

Lots of French words and specialized terms are used in a French label wine. What do they mean? “Millésime” Vintage “Grand cru” – “Premier cru”*: Expression related to the quality of a wine, reserved to wines with AOC (protected designations of origin) defined by Decree and based on specific conditions of production. “Clos” indicates a […]