Events, Promotions & Traditions

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 […]

Taste of France 2013

May 5, 2015

Taste of France is a non-profit organization that aims to offer New Yorkers the opportunity to experience France in a brand new way. Through various events and programs, Taste of France explores the diversity of the French world: its cuisine, lifestyle, tourism, fashion, culture, technology, and innovation. This year more than 100,000 visitors are expected […]

After the International Year of Forests in 2011, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21st as the International Day of Forests. All over the world, this day serves to promote the celebration of trees and forests and makes people realize their importance in their lives. On this occasion, all countries are encouraged to make […]

On October 16th events to raise awareness about reducing food waste will be held all over France. This “Anti-Gaspi” National Day, coincides with the World Food Day supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). As a national event, the day is one of the commitments of a broader campaign launched by the French government […]

October 16, the French Ministry of Agriculture hosted a national initiative to raise awareness about reducing food waste. The event, held in Paris, was part of a broader campaign to reach the ambitious goal of decreasing food waste in France by 50% by 2025. Five thousand people gathered in Republic Square (Place de la République) […]

”Agriculture in motion” will be the theme of the International Agricultural Exhibition this year. This annual week-long event dedicated to French agriculture and gastronomy will be held in Paris from February 22nd to March 2nd. Breaking with the traditional image of the event, innovation will be emphasized this as new technologies applied to agriculture, urban […]

French “Gruyère” cheese obtained its  Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) designation on December, 4th 2012.. The cheese is milk-based cheese made in Savoie and Franche Comté (near the Alps mountains in eastern France). History of Gruyère: The method for making Gruyère cheese dates back to the Roman period in the north of Italy. From the 15th […]