Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Salon International de l'Agriculture 2


A second visit to Salon International de l'Agriculture was required yesterday.

Halle 3 - French products was my mission.

Mission accomplished. 
But I must go back to visit the animals
I meant to arrive at opening time - 9:00 but got there at 11:00. I’ll try harder next time - already pretty crowded. By the time I left at 15:00 it was super crowded. French kids get in free - a way to keep them busy during their vacance.
Right at the entrance, a big restaurant from Cantal was just starting to seat customers. I knew about their cheese, but the beef is famous too. 
I was tempted but decided to browse instead.
After all browsing
Is my raison d’être  is it not.
I tasted many things - huitre 🦪 from Bretagne being top of the list. (1/2 dz.9€)
We’re having a cold spell again with temps in the low 20s, so I bought these toasty warm wool blend socks from the Pyrénées.
There is plenty of mustard in the Loire evidently. These truffle chips were the first snack I bought. Lots of snack-size portions of hams and cheese on offer.
If you didn’t snag a ticket to the Vermeer, Vermeer was at the salon.
Regional costumes are part of the fun.
I would have loved 
To get a Brittany all-sarrasin/Buckwheat crepe from farine de blé noir, but the ticket line was too long.
Somehow I resisted all confitures/jams. Easy peasy. I simply did not taste 🥄
I avoided desserts as much as possible 🙏
But I fell hard for LOU champignon. I brought home 3 boxes of Portobellos (5€) Their mushroom soup 🍲 was out of this world divine (5€) I may go back for that 👍
After a careful examination of French dirt, I passed quickly through Halle 4 - the Farm teaching area. 
Too late I discovered part of France 
(Provence, Normandie, Corse, Île-de-France, Nouvelle-Aquataine) was in Halle 7. I wish there were places to sit 🪑 inside the Salon, besides the floor. Or else going outside. I’m not sure why this is? Do you have any ideas. 
Please share with a friend ❤️
                     🐓🐑🐄🐻 Xxx Carolg & Bear 🐻 🐄 🐑  🐓
Stuff I bought + free pomme 🍎 


  1. Seats are "required" for me at an event. I need to loiter sometimes and digest the scene. But "keep moving" is the order of the day.

    1. Anonymous5:38 AM

      Yes, its a bit inhospitable imho 😳

  2. Anonymous7:51 AM

    Wonderful food photos, as always, Carol! Thanks for a great start to my day (east coast US)!

    1. Anonymous10:28 AM

      There is so much amazing food every which way you turn. It’s hard to choose.

  3. What wonderful posts you always create ! Thank you! I do wonder how you are going to prepare all of those beautiful mushrooms. Will all of them go into a soup?

  4. I follow a jam maker who lives in Paris..cute cute packaging..working hard trying to get her jams out there.I suggested this venue..10,000 euros per booth!

    1. Anonymous10:27 AM

      That’s why everyone there is with a regional group.
      The chocolate salon is different but has become ridiculously expensive so many of the best purveyors no longer attend. Its sad.

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    1. Anonymous10:26 AM

      Thanks Lynne 😊 I thought this was an ad at first. I guess the cane folds up? I need my hands to shoot. I have seen those in museums etc. There are such constant waves of humanity moving every which way…

  6. You took a lot of great photos! Felt like I was there minus the hustle & bustle. I would have enjoyed the sauerkraut & sausage. 🗼❤️

    1. Anonymous11:59 AM

      Its always hard to decide what to eat…except for the oysters 🦪

  7. Loving it, especially minus the crowds. Thank you for going for all of us and reporting so well. I adore those little stuffed sheep and the oysters, bien sur.

    1. Anonymous4:43 PM

      I almost brought home a little foam cow 🐄 …so tempting

  8. Anonymous4:42 PM

    Your artist's sense of color must have been overwhelmed! I love visiting Paris through your eyes! Ellyn

    1. Anonymous3:06 AM

      The colors of the regional clothing definitely stood out, but the outdoor marché is more colorful

  9. Bonnie L5:36 PM

    Oh, Carol, how fabulous that you went back to the Salon! I don’t know how you were able to choose between all of those tempting foods.

    I was happy to see the name Lochmariaquer on the oyster stall as I have been there. Land of ancient stone megaliths, jaw dropping scenery, and huîtres!

    Enjoy your mushroom soup, butter, and olives! Bon app.

    1. Anonymous3:04 AM

      WowAmazing that you recognize the oyster people 👍

  10. Anonymous1:03 AM

    Thank you for taking me on such wonderful sorties in and around Paris. I was very impressed by the variety of foods on display at the Salon de L’Agriculture this week.
    Well done for keeping your distance from many temptations - but I am glad you bought the mushrooms. will you follow a particular recipe for that soup?? If so I wonder if you might share it - maybe even JH


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