Monday, February 24, 2014

Why Go 2 The Salon de l'Agriculture

When I was little, many times at the dinner table I would ask my dad,
"When are we going to move to a farm?"
He would always say, "Soon".
Maybe that's why I love going to the Paris Agriculture Salon. Course you will never feel like a tourist there since everyone is a tourist.
And you can taste many, many kinds of butter...
And an enormous amount of cheese.
You can become a cheese at the salon...
There are many pretty packages to admire (of cheese).
Plus it's the only place I know, without getting on a train to Rennes, where you can get a half dozen oysters for 7,50€. With wine 8€
Or a brochette of four scallops for 6€ !
You can see cows eating their breakfast, lunch and dinner. It doesn't seem to change...
Wanna pet a very large cow?
No problem. This is the place. It's almost like having your own farm.
Or you can pet a model of a goat while tasting goat cheese.
Did you know there was a museum of cheese in Evian? Just as all the regional foods are represented so are their tourist offices. So you can pick up a slew of travel maps and gite info and what have you.
You can see many people wearing their local costumes...
True some of them look rather bored...
Did you know you can go just 17 km outside Paris to a farm and pick berries and cabbages? Bet that wasn't what you were dreaming of when you thought of coming to Paris. Still it could be a lot of a fun.
You can taste buttermilk and so many other things you'd rather not taste but might change your mind about after doing so...
Or slather you face with avocado muck straight from Guadelupe
You'll find vanilla in more forms than you imagined.
And eat if you like in an Alsatian or Avernaise or Burgundian restaurant surrounding all the food stands. And finally you canhave some of that delicious hand-cranked coconut ice cream I told you about. Are you sold yet?  Hope so!

20 comments:

  1. Well, I just gained about 10 pounds. I can't find goat butter anymore. So sad because no other butter can compare.

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    1. Goat butter !!!
      I never thought to try that...must do
      Thanks

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  2. Don't know why my little blurb didn't appear yesterday..But here I am ..saying I bet the aromas were wonderful..
    I love food..etc expos.. so rich!

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    1. Downstairs the aromas are heVily goat-sheep-cow.
      Upstairs it's beer and sausage and CHEESE!

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  3. Katherine2:23 PM

    Oh Carol, no words. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Worth a flight over for this event alone!

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  4. This looks like the best state fair ever!

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  5. You always make this Salon sound appealing. Umm. I'd like to try to goat butter, too.

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  6. What an incredibly diverse country! Makes me wonder things like how Land O Lakes got the lock on butter....though the eat local movement is making inroads on the big commercial enterprises.

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  7. great cow sketches. Love' em, and aggie fairs, too. I used to sell amusement ride tickets at the Essex County Fair near where we livedin Topsfield, Mass..My father was frequently called on to handle the difficult horses. It was the oldest agricultural fair in the state, and it still goes on.

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  8. LOVE the visit :-) ONE DAY the Sheepfarmer and I will get up there to visit the Salon d'Agriculture. ONE DAY.

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  9. I want Carol's life

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  10. I get you Deb.
    All the years I've been coming to Paris and I only started petting cows last year! A lot of catching up to do !!!

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  11. cyndi from SD10:51 AM

    Can you hear my heavy sigh? I will be in Paris again soon,at the end of March for a few days,and then back again April 12-16.I will be closing watching for your great info on what's happening.
    I know that at least I will have the wonderful Easter chocolates.
    Thanks

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  12. I love the oysters and scallops, and those very healthy looking cows.
    Nice shot of the bored girl :)

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  13. I swear you would have fun wherever you might go -- this is no exception. And it does look fun!

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    1. What a darling thing to say Jeanie
      But honestly the Agri Salon is fun for kids of all ages.
      Like going to the circus..
      It warms the cockles of one's heart it does ;))

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  14. Bonnie L7:35 PM

    I hope you are going back for a 3rd day. More, please!

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  15. Oh it looks such a delightful way to spend a day. I'd love to taste all that cheese, and those scallops look amazing.

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  16. Lucky you! Thanks for this wonderful walk through the salon.

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  17. Carol, I've tried to e-mail you but it seems your inbox is over quota...

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