Bakers and fans of artisan bread will be able to get their fill in this nationwide French celebration that includes the largest bakery in the world.
If you can't resist the temptation of melt in your mouth croissants or the 'crack' of breaking into a fresh baguette you might want to pack your bags and head to France's annual Bread Festival this May.
Championing the icon of French gastronomy, artisanal bread, participating bakeries across France will celebrate bread making techniques and more during the seven day Bread Festival or "La Fête du pain", from May 23 to 29.
The annual event was first created in 1995 by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the then Minister for SMEs, Commerce and Artisans: "It allows people all over France, to go and meet the bakers and discover their work and their products. The atmosphere is that of festive squares in towns and villages offering many activities based on conviviality, sharing and fun! " Reports the official website, as well as mentioning that all regional breads will be honored.
The Bread Festival is also an opportunity to highlight the expertise of true artisan bakers.
The Bread Festival In Paris
As per every year, the largest bakery in the world (1,100 m²) will be installed in Paris in front of Notre Dame, from May 21 to 30.
Alsatian bakers will be the guests of honour for this 21st edition preparing a special beer bread as well as pretzels and streusels.
On May 21 the Grand Prize of the Parisian baguette will be awarded, where the baker of the best baguette in the region will be revealed. The winner of the best national baguette will meanwhile be appointed on May 25.
Another delighted baker will also be awarded the "best croissant in Île-de-France in Charentes-Poitou butter" on May 23 (not forgetting that France won the prize for the best pastries at the last World Bread Festival!)
What? Fête du PainWhen? 23- 29 May, across france
From 21- 30 May in Paris, on the Parvis of Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul I, 4e arrondissement de Paris. Web