Events, Promotions & Traditions

May is the European Month in D.C. this year. On the 10th, Every EU member state opened their doors of their embassies to the public, allowing D.C. locals and visitors to discover European cultural diversity and common heritage. The event was a huge success. 4,300 people came to the French embassy this year. French and […]

From May 1st 2015 to October 31st 2015, the city of Milan in Italy will host the Universal Exposition on the theme “Feeding the planet Energy for life”, a key issue in a world whose population continues to grow. 144 countries are taking part in this event, and each participating country will build a pavilion […]

On October 3rd, Bel Brands USA, a subsidiary of the Paris-based cheese producer Bel Group, held the official ribbon cutting ceremony for its third cheese production facility in America. Brookings, South Dakota is the strategic home to this production center, the construction for which began in 2012 due to an increasing demand for Mini Babybel […]

French gastronomy is famous for its excellence all around the world. So much so that UNESCO recognizes it as an intangible heritage of humanity. On September 26th, 2014, the French Minister of Agriculture Stephane Le Foll teamed up with fellow ministers to show their support for the fourth annual “Fête de la Gastronomie,” or French […]

In the summer of 2013, the French Ministry of Agriculture and New York City Department of Education’ SchoolFood entered into a collaborative partnership with the goal of sharing valuable ideas, data and practices regarding food education. The main focus of this partnership is to share food policy initiatives aimed at educating children about food and […]

This past October 16th, France celebrated its second annual ‘Day against Food Waste’ as part of the National Pact against Food Waste. Stéphane Le Foll, French minister French Minister for Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, designated fighting food waste as one of the four fundamental priorities of the new Public Food Policy. In addition to “no […]

Good France is a coordinated, worldwide celebration of French gastronomy. On March 19th, 2015, over 1000 chefs spanning five continents will participate by preparing a dinner à la française in their local dining establishments. This ambitious project, supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, intends to promote the excellence, diversity and […]

Celebrated exactly 40 days after Chrismas, on February 2nd, Candlemas is essentially synonymous with conviviality. This tradition, originally a Roman feast, has been continued from generation to generation. Candlemas has several origins, but whether pagan or Christian, the key is to respect the rule of homemade! The History and Traditions of “La Chandeleur” Candlemas like […]

Every year in October, since 1990, the Week of Taste – semaine du goût – is held across France with the aim to ‘’fight’’ for taste. The main goal of this event is to teach all consumers – whatever their age, but especially the youngest- about taste. For example, bakers, cooks or cheese producers visit […]

In the beginning of January, French bakeries are filled with a special cake: la galette. Much more than just a cake, this pastry is a beloved tradition that traces its roots back to the Roman Empire. The tradition of Tirer les rois that is to say to “Find the King” at the beginning of the […]