With 580 exhibitors and more than 160,000 visitors every year, this is the gourmet fall event in the Bourgogne winegrowing region and the sixth biggest fair in France. Every year, a different country is featured, and in 2018, it was Italy, a country reputed for its rich architectural heritage, culture, gastronomy, creativity and dolce vita!
The Pavillon d'Honneur showcased artisans who are specialists in Italian gastronomy, selected by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Lyon. The restaurant offered very tasty traditional dishes. A wide range of events were organized over the course of 11 days.
Visitors were also able to discover the wines of Piedmont, one of Italy’s most prestigious winegrowing regions, during the Vinidivio fair from 1-4 November. Some 15 producers offered 80 wines for tasting and direct sale.
Les Rencontres Gourmandes is enjoying a new dynamic, driven by the recently-elected President of the Amicale des Cuisiniers, one-star chef Stéphane Derbord. This encapsulates a more wide-reaching program and a greater presence of renowned chefs. Demonstrations, cookery workshops, events for children, and food-wine pairings were on offer throughout the event.
The partnership with the prestigious Loiseau restaurants, which began in 2017, was continued with a competition for amateur chefs, demonstrations by two-star chef Patrick Bertron, and a pop-up gastronomic lunchtime restaurant with teams from Loiseau des Ducs (one Michelin star in Dijon) and Loiseau des Vignes (one Michelin star in Beaune), on 7 and 8 November.
It also included some of the key events that have helped make the show’s name, such as La Ferme Côte-d'Or (from 2-5 November) and the latest products on offer from different sectors.
- Commercial event
- Culture and tradition
- Wine - wine tasting
- Tradition & folklore