Events, Promotions & Traditions

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 […]

A meal is not just about eating. This could be a French motto. Indeed, 95.2% of French people think a gastronomic meal is part of their identity and their cultural background. In 2010, The Gastronomic Meal of The French was listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO nomination form. According to UNESCO, the […]

The Order of Agricultural Merit, or “l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole”, is a French order that rewards those persons – both French and foreigners – who have made noteworthy contributions to French agriculture. Regulated by the France’s Ministry of Agriculture, this prestigious order consists of three levels or “grades” – Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer) and Commandeur […]

It’s September, and that means back to school. For most students in France and the United States, returning to school means readopting the cafeteria diet. For schoolchildren at Langouët elementary school in Brittany (northwest of France), their school-time diet is organic only. That’s right, this elementary school in the commune of Ille-et-Vilaine prepares all of […]

France has engineered a spectacular pavilion for the Expo Milano 2015 that responds creatively to the theme of the exposition: ‘feeding the planet, energy for life.’ The inter-professional creative team collaborated to design a structure based on four themes: the promotion of sustainable agriculture, improvement and increase in production, pleasure and health, and the transfer […]