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Major Events France October 2014


National Event in Paris – Nuit Blanche 4th October 2014. Held annually on the first Saturday night in October when museums, public buildings, monuments, swimming pools, cinemas, parks, universities  and historic sites are open to the public all night – an art an culture party! 

National Event: Semaine du Gout – Taste Week: 13-19 October.  In Paris and throughout France, a foodie event featuring original and varied cuisines. Taste Week is an opportunity to learn more about the art of gastronomy, taste and learn to appreciate the diversity of flavours, and it also aims to increase public awareness of a healthy lifestyle. As part of the event, workshops for the public include cooking classes, tastings and entertainment. Website for details: www.legout.com

National Event – many of the supermarkets in France host wine fairs during the month of October, pop in to your local store to check out what’s on…

We take a look at some of our favourite events France October 2014:

Amiens Nuit Blanche 11 October 2014 Amiens by night,The Nuit blanche (literally “white night” meaning to stay up all night) is distinguished by artistic choices based on the discovery and promotion of new aesthetics and emerging artists, whether regional, national or international. Details: Amiens Tourist Office.

Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand – Chestnut Festival (Fieira de la Castanha) 18-19 October. Every year tons of nuts  and thousands of litres of cider are consumed at the tastings and exhibitions plus a chance to join in the harvest. http://www.foirechataignemourjou.fr/

Chartres en Lumières ends October 12, 2014. Every evening from April to October. Chartres is universally known for its cathedral listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. “Chartres en Lumières” reveals 29 cultural and architectural sites of a city that brightly shines every night from dusk until 1 am, thanks to original lighting and video scenographies. Chartres Tourist Office

Mountreuil-sur-Mer – Festival des Soupes et Pains – Soup and bread festival, CANCELLED – usually last Sunday of every October. The tourist office have announced this popular event has been cancelled due to “technical problems”…

Paris: Nuit Blanche 4 October 2014. Prepare yourself for an evening to remember as Paris pulls out all the stops for one special night of culture. The City of light shimmers and everything opens until well past the normal hours allowing you to experience Paris in a totally new way and appreciate the city’s culture from museums and galleries to religious monuments and lots more. www.paris.fr

Paris Salon du Chocolate: October 29-November 2, 2014. This fabulous Chocolate Fair in Paris is THE chocolate event of the year. Join master chocolatiers and world-renowned chefs, artisan producers and keen foodies for the ultimate chocolate experience. The Salon du Chocolat in Paris is the world’s largest chocolate-themed gathering, bringing together around 130,000 chocolate-lovers from all around the globe. This annual event in Paris is a chance for some 180 of the best chocolate makers from Europe (and further afield) to showcase their best products. Don’t miss the fashion show, clothes and accessories made from chocolate… Details: www.salonduchocolat.com

Picardy, Amiens: Grand Rederie Amiens – the second largest flea market in northern France after Lille’s Grand Braderie (the largest in Europe) held first Sunday every October.

Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur, Marseille: International Fair 26 Sept to 6 Oct. Held at the Parc Chanot with around 40 countries taking part and hundreds of thousands of visitors to this exhibition of global food, gadgets, art, craft, culture and heritage – a family event. www.foiredemarseille.com

We do check all the dates for accuracy but please check the websites directly to confirm dates and times as they may change and we don’t want you to be disappointed. 

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