People line up to taste French cheese, bread and ham at the 2017 EU Open House

This May 13, the Agriculture Department of the Embassy of France participated in another successful edition of the European Union (EU) Open House. Every year, the embassies of the EU in the United States open their doors to the American public in Washington, D.C. More than 7,500 people attended the event, which this year took place at the Embassy of Germany. As a celebration of French-German friendship, France and Germany hold their event together and alternate between our embassies over the years.

The agriculture team at the Embassy of France was able to share with our American guests French agricultural savoir-faire through sample tastings of French cheeses, Bayonne ham, high quality French bread, and jellies.

Visitors were able to sample a large variety of French cheeses, including Mimolette, P’tit Basque, Comté, Brie, Chaumes, Roquefort, Suprème, St. Albray, and several others. In total, nearly 200 lbs. of cheese were shared throughout the day. France’s famous baguettes and multigrain bread were also distributed, as well as two entire Bayonne hams, which are world renowned for their high quality.

This was also an occasion to share information about the importance of geographical indications and the inextricable link between a product’s historical connection to its area of production and its high quality. Fun quizzes on French wine and cheese were available in order to win goody bags filled with French jellies, fruit pouches, recipes and information sheets about French agriculture.

This event takes place every year on a Saturday in mid-May. If you happen to be in the Washington, D.C., area next year, make sure to participate in this free, educational and fun event.