March 8-10 2013 sees the 7th edition of the Calais Wine and Food Fair. Since inception this gastronomic event has grown and grown and this year promises to be an exceptional event in the town of Calais in the north of France.
To celebrate the entire town has come together to offer a raft of outstanding deals from savings on hotels to travel, from restaurants to attractions.
You could nip across the English Channel, taking advantage of some of the great fares with P & O Ferries and if you show your ferry ticket at the fair – entry is free!
Spend the weekend in one of the many excellent hotels in and around Calais, many of whom are offering discounts and/or the second night free, to book you’ll need to quote the code “Calais Wine Fair” and produce a copy of your P & O Ferries or Eurotunnel ticket or your ticket for the Fair.
When you’re all wined and dined out from your visit to the Wine Fair, check out the great attractions in town many of which are offering discounts from golf, to museums to the famous Calais Lighthouse or dine out and try one of the fabulous special menus being created by some of the top chefs in the region just for this event – details of the restaurants here. Some restaurants are also offering a complimentary glass of kihr or wine on production of your Wine Fair or valid travel ticket.
The Calais Wine and Food Fair March 2013
Held at the Forum Gambetta in the centre of town, The ‘Salon des Vignerons et de la Gastronomie’ offers a wonderful chance to try wines from all over France with 60 producers in attendance.
You can enjoy the greatest French wines from the regions of Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Jura, Loire Valley, Provence, Tourain and Savoie .
You’ll be giving your own tasting glass at the entrance and the wine producers present will be delighted for you to sample whatever you like of the very best wine in Francewithout any obligation to buy
It’s a chance also to enjoy French cuisine at it’s best with fine food being showcased from the four corners of France. From traditional Savoyard dishes, served in chalets similar to those found at Diots in Savoie, with Tartiflette and Raclette both on the menu, to those famous french frog legs cooked in butter!
On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th from 3.00 – 6.00 you can take in cookery lessons with avant-garde chef Mathieu Colin, who established his reputation at Le Pavillon Ledoyen, one of the most highly regarded gourmet restaurants in Paris. Mathieu has returned to Calais, his home town, to take over Le Grand Bleu which is offering a special menu for the Calais Wine Fair weekend featuring seasonal produce cooked with wine of course!
Calais Wine and Food Fair Entrance fee: 3 € (includes wine tasting glass)
You could even take a drive along the spectacular Opal Coast route and take in the sights – you might be surprised by just how beautiful this part of France is.