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A tour de France in food: Fête de la Gastronomie 2015

Everyone knows French food is hard to beat, and people travel from all corners of the globe to sample fluffy soufflés, heavenly pastries, fresh bouillabaisse and famous wines to accompany any regional dish you can imagine.

Fête de la Gastronomie, the French cuisine festival, will be held on the 25th, 26th and 27th of September this year, a three-day-long nationwide feast bringing together community spirit, creativity and cultural explorations through the taste buds – an unmissable experience for both travellers and locals. 


Last year, there were nearly 10,000 events held throughout France, so with our hostels pulling out all the edible stops this year, you can expect something delicious at every turn across the country. From Normandy and Alsace, through to Paris, PACA, and the Pays Basque, this is a true gastronomic tour de France.

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Brittany: get stuck in with cooking workshops and crêpe making at St Brieux

Make your trip to north Brittany a flavoursome one by brushing up your chef skills at St. Brieux hostel, who are holding a cooking workshop on Tuesday 23rd September for free! Continue the festival frivolities on Thursday with local beer tastings at this 15th century manor house – again for free, and Friday? Kick off the weekend with some evening crêpe making, with ingredients supplied. Again, no extra cost.

Embrace true French living and book a stay at St Brieux hostel.

Biarritz: taster of Pays Basque specialities

Enjoy a gourmet stay in beautiful, beachy Biarritz. Our Biarritz hostel is holding a gastronomic treasure hunt, putting all your senses to the test to enjoy the richness of this region. Get your Hostel Biarritz Gastro Pass to taste oysters, shrimp, white wine, fois gras and more before solving the crossword puzzle to guess the names of the ingenious producers involved [included in a package deal].

Email Biarritz hostel directly when making your booking for further details.
French onion soup. Credit: Basheer Tome

Paris: a party for your palate

Paris Yves Robert hostel have a treat in store for guests over the three day festivities. On Friday 25th, the staff have organised a Parisian aperitif at the city’s Inn’s bar for an authentic sample of France’s capital; Saturday sees some sensual sampling, a ‘guess the flavour’ tasting game which is free of cost for hostellers. Throughout the three days, you can expect mouth-watering artwork around the hostel and a feast of local fare in the restaurant every evening.

Book your stay at Paris Yves Robert hostel now to join the feasting fun.

Marseille: a feast fit for Kings and Queens

Plan your summer holiday in southern France around this food festival and enjoy the celebrations at  Marseille Bonneveine hostel, throwing provincial ‘antipasti’ parties every night for guests, starting at 18.00. Dive into a seafood feast on Friday with a sardine barbecue on the hostel terrace, on Saturday expect Bouillabaisse or Aioli served at a secret venue, and a breakfast every day of locally made honey to keep you sweet.

Don’t miss out on the French feast at Marseille Bonneveine hostel.
Credit: Sophie

Amiens: a cheesy welcome to Normandy

Amiens hostel will be offering the ideal hello by presenting you with cheese on entry. The hostel reception will hold a Normandy cheese degustation or taster for their guests, especially exciting since the region is famous for its dairy delights. You can look forward to Camembert, Livarot, Neufchâtel and Pont l’Evêque. Even if most of those names don’t mean much to you, the flavours will certainly prove memorable.

Snuggle up with a stay at Amiens hostel.

Strasbourg: local produce on a plate

Thursday 17th at 7pm sharp will mark the beginning of your sensory Strasbourg experience, with product tasting of local wines, flammkuchen and pretzels offered by local suppliers. The hostel will also be working in collaboration with local wine cellars for tasting sessions, and nightly meals will be offered to guests at a great value of €15.20 per person, with reservations available up until 6pm on each day throughout the weekend.

Meet us at the border for your ideal Alsace experience – stay at Strasbourg – 2 Rives.

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