Food Festivals In Burgundy

Posted on: 21 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Delicious food and and great wine can be found at one of Burgundy's gastronomic fairs.

Burgundy is a haven for wine and gastronomy, where culinary traditions are paramount and local products abound.

That might be the reason why In Burgundy, greediness is rarely considered a sin and at most, it is one easy to forgive, so let your stomach run riot at these foodie events taking place this year.

78th International Food Fair, Dijon

Dijon Food FestivalWith more than 550 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors, this huge International Food Fair is one of the top 10 in France.  Expect to see many culinary activities, shows of local Burgundian chefs, cooking courses and countless tastings are offered to the public throughout the 10 days.

Each year one foreign country is invited as guest of honour to showcase its culinary specialities as well as its tourist attractions, its arts and crafts and its economic resources.  After Spain in 2006 and Lebanon in 2007, Thailand will be the guest of 2008.

When: 31st October – 11th November
Where: Exhibition Centre of Dijon
Contact: (33) 3 80 77 39 00 - 

Where To Stay:

Ermitage de Corton
RD 974
Route de Dijon
Telephone: +33 3 80 22 05 28

Truffle Markets In Noyers-sur-Sereins

TrufflesThe day starts with experts checking the truffles for quality before a cowbell is rung to signal that the sale of these “black diamonds” can begin in the medieval town.

There will be something for everyone, especially for those who love fine food and wine, with stalls selling wine, Champagne, foie gras and much more. 

The charming medieval town, classified among the most beautiful villages in France, organises three Burgundy Truffle Markets on Sunday’s.

When: 2nd November, 7th December & 21st December
Where: Noyers-sur-Sereins
Contact: Noyers-sur-Serein Tourist Office (33) 3 86 82 66 06 or email

Where To Stay:

Le Pot d'Étain
24 Rue Bouchardat
89440 L'Isle sur Serein
Telephone: +33 (0)3 86 33 88 10

Le moulin de la Roche
Chambres d'hôtes              
Route d'Auxerre
89310 Noyers-sur-Serein    
Telephone: +33 (0)3 86 82 68 13

Les 3 Glorieuses

Bottle & Auctioneer (C) Hendrick MonnierThe Third Weekend in November is always that of the “3 Glorieuses” one of the highlights of the year in Beaune and Burgundy, a multi-cultural celebration of the wines of Beaune.

From Friday to Sunday, three days of celebrations will take place with wine tasting at the famous Hôtel-Dieu as well as in a large number of cellars in town and at local winegrowing estates. 

The pedestrian streets are the scene of much revelry with clowns and parades of people in traditional dress. Pipes and drums are played to see off the hardy contestants taking part in the “Foulées de Beaune” (a kind of mini-marathon).

When: 13th November – 17th November
Where: Beaune
Contact: Beaune Tourist Office (33) 3 80 25 00 21 or email

Where To Stay:

Les Jardins de Loïs
8 Boulevard Bretonnière
21200 Beaune
Telephone: + 33 (0)3 80 22 41 97

L’Octroi Saint Jacques
15 rue de l’Hôtel-Dieu
21200 Beaune
Telephone: + 33 (0)3 80 22 59 29

Chateau De Challenges ***
Rue des Templiers
21200 Beaune

Hotel Le Cep****
25-33 Rue Maufoux  BP
224 21200 Beaune
Telephone: +33 3 80 22 35 48

Bresse Poultry Show

Try not to miss this extraordinary event in the days leading up to Christmas and the New Year – the Bresse poultry show.

Take a stroll through the old town with its arcaded main street and Hôtel-Dieu. There is a market and a competitive show of Bresse fattened chickens and turkeys, as well as an introduction to choosing wines to accompany particular dishes.

When: 13th December
Where: Louhans
Contact: Louhans Tourist Office (33) 3 8575 0202 or email

Food & Wine Christmas Market 

The Cellars of Bailly are the birthplace of the Cremant, Burgundy’s sparkling wine and are situated in an ancient quarry.

For eight centuries, stone was manually extracted from the ground to be used in the construction of famous Parisian monuments. Five million bottles are stocked in these cellars covering four hectares, 50 metres under the ground.

Each year, just before Christmas, the cellars of Bailly host a huge Christmas Market where 70 local producers and craftmen offer produce for Christmas Eve Celebrations, such as Foie gras, truffles, snails, local cheeses or chocolate, without forgetting Burgundy still and sparkling wines.

When: 22nd December – 24th December
Where: St-Bris-le-Vineux
Contact: Caves of Bailly (33) 3 86 53 77 77

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Have you been to Burgundy? Are you travelling to a Christmas market or fair? Will you be visiting France before Christmas?

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