The Fête des Vendanges is an annual festival in Paris that brings together wine producers from all over the country in order to educate the public on the rich culture of French wine. The year 2013 marks the 80th edition of the Montmartre Fête des Vendanges, which has been happening since the 1930s.
For five days — from October 9 until October 13, 2013 — Parisians will gather in the quaint Montmartre neighborhood to pay tribute to the wine and food of France. The event is so popular that it is expected to draw more than 400,000 visitors this year, making it the third most popular annual event in Paris after the Nuit Blanche and Paris Plages.
This year’s edition will include exhibitions, concerts, parades and other activities. Most importantly, it will also include the opportunity to taste artisanal products from various French regions. The event will then go out with a bang by hosting a fireworks show to delight spectators of all ages.
However, the reason most people go to the Fête des Vendanges is to participate in the ‘Parcours du Goût,’ which means the ‘Taste Journey.’ This journey is possible thanks to the large number of wine producers and creators of multitudes of cheeses, foie gras, smoked meats and pastries. Each year, these producers are set up in booths, and with hundreds of booths placed side by side, visitors can indeed go on a gastronomic journey through the various regions of France.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can take the metro to the 18th arrondissement to see what the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre is all about. This year, they will notice the event’s special theme dedicated to ‘the art of love’ — the perfect activity for a day in one of the most romantic cities in the world.