Salon de l’Agriculture
So did anyone go? It sounds like one heck of a food fun time.
I did a search and didn't find any threads about it, even from years past . . . . It sounds like great fun and was surprised I couldn't find any posts about it on here. It sounds like something I would have traveled for . . .
the write up that brought it to my attention . . .
My hubby poo went. He never misses this ultra-Parisian exotic kick.
Came home with a ton of aiguettes de canard and coeur de canard, the stuff that one can't find from Paris butchers.
I think it's fair to say it's not really a culinary exhibition as it's really focused on agriculture with lots of animals and farm equipment.
There is a food hall but it's very mixed with some good farm producers intermingled with the more commercial producers from the regions so you need to search out the good stuff. It's good fun but there are better events that are more concentrated for food and wine - the independent wine fair coming up soon for example.
"I think it's fair to say it's not really a culinary exhibition as it's really focused on agriculture with lots of animals and farm equipment."
That is not true.
Actually the sections with animals and with farm equiment are only a part of the salon. There are sprawling floors of food and wine stands. Many of the smaller farms and vineyards that I like from all over France participate, giving me the opportunity to stock up without having to track them all down.
In fact, it is a true food fair that is not photogenic at all, which turns off many people looking for attractive gingham decorations.
If you want to take photos, this is not for you, except for the humongous cows perhaps. If you are food-crazy, have your shopping cart ready. You are bringing home a tone of stuff on the metro.
I really do think you have taken my comment out of context. My next paragraph clearly says there is a food hall (which on my visit was a couple of floors) and there is good stuff there. But a lot is from large commercial producers so you need to search out good stuff.
The animals and farm equipment maybe only part of the exhibition but they are a pretty large part IIRC the animals are the focus of the main competitions as they are at most agricultural shows. In fact looking at the show map animals have 5 show halls, crops and gardens 1 hall, agricultural services 1, and food and gastronomy 2 halls (or floors). I also seem to remember things like wood chopping competitions. So yes there is food but it's an agricultural show and thus there is lots and lots that isn't food across the multiple halls - thus the sentence you quote is I fact true.
think the biggest damned 4-H fair you've ever dreamed of, combined with entire halls of food from every corner of France and the dom-toms.
It IS fun -- it's also maddeningly heaving with people, pricey to blindingly expensive, and a definite opportunity to get ripped off rather badly.
It's also a must-see for anyone wanting to grasp an understanding of the relationship the French have with their food.