We take a look at what’s on in France 2023…
National Holidays in France November
1st November La Toussaint – All Saints’ Day. All over France, pots of chrysanthemums are placed on graves as loved ones who have passed on are remembered.
11th November Armistice – commemorative services will be held all over France in honour of those who lost their lives in World War I and other wars.
More on public holidays in France
National Events in France in November
Beaujolais Nouveau: the new season’s wine arrives on the third Thursday of November each year and the festivities start at midnight on Wednesday. Cafés, bars and restaurants all over France encourage a taste!
What on in France in November
Beaune: Wine Auction (Burgundy). 17-19 November 2023. Created in 1443 the former charitable hospital Hospices de Beaune is now a museum. During its long existence, many donors bequeathed vineyards to the Hospices. In 1859 for the first time the wines of the new vintage from these holdings were sold at auction. Now the hospices de Beaune wine auction is a major moment of Burgundian pageantry and the focal point for launching the new vintage. Les Trois Glorieuses – considered to be one of the greatest wine auctions in the world is for those who are serious about wine. It’s also a great chance to enjoy tastings as various producers hold an open house for trying the latest vintages. You’ll need to buy tickets for the tastings event. You can book online at www.beaune-tourism.com
Etaples: Herring Festival – Fête du Hareng Roi. Every year on the banks of the River Canche in the town of Etaples the humble herring is celebrated. Cooked every which way – grilled, marinated or smoked. And it’s accompanied by a crispy chunk of French bread and a robust glass of wine. A huge party, delicious food, and an authentic festival. 11-12 November, 2023. www.etaples-tourisme.com
Rouen – Salon Gourmand: 10-12 November 2023. Enjoy a taste of France’s gastronomic heritage in Rouen. The fair showcases traditional products, specialities and wines from some 250 exhibitors from all around Normandy and further afield. www.salongourmandrouen.com
Annecy Wine and Food Festival. Wine and gastronomic exhibition with tastings galore. 10-12 November, 2023. www.salondesvins.org
Please check on the websites we’ve included for dates and details, things do change from time to time so it’s best to be sure!
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