Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Salon du Fromage 2024


Flags are flying at Porte de Versailles no matter the rainy ☔️ weather through 3 March

Mini flags 🇪🇸 are flying at the Spanish stand (HO69) at Salon du Fromage second day of a 3-day tasting fair. What a clever way to show a cheese’s origins & to grab a sample 👍

You know I ❤️ anything miniature
many mini flags came home. And 🧀 samples too.

290 purveyors 

Presenting 448 cheese brands 

From 15 countries including Ireland (DO59) and Japan 

That is a lot of cheese 🧀 to taste!

I didn’t realize cheese is always displayed under transparent domes, though most don’t look like a Swiss Alps 🏔️ slalom.

Perhaps domes capture cheese 🧀 aromas best? They lift the dome. You get a fragrant whiff 👃 like at perfume counters?

This is the first year Salon du Fromage is open to the public. 

Here! Carve yourself a huge hunk of Parmigiana 👍 
You could buy a ticket last month and pay half (15€). If you bought a ticket 🎟️ yesterday (35€).

Ample samples were très abondant

Except, as always for butter 🧈 king, Maison Bordier. Nice display. People waiting patiently. Nothing happening 🙄 I moved on. Maybe you have to go to Saint-Malofor a taste 😀

Of course there are cheese lectures included and cheese contests. The French ❤️ LOVE 🥇 foodie contests/concours. Even an international grilled cheese contest I was sad 😢 to miss.

This looks like an cheese demo taking place.

It’s not. It’s a miniature demo inside a box 😀

And not just cheese 🧀 tasting is on offer

ALWAYS look for the words, ‘Lait Cru’ for best quality from small producers when buying cheese 🧀 in France. ‘Lait pasteurize’ is industrially produced.

Palate chasers - quince & fig paste

I loved ❤️ witty Pavé de Paris (BO92) which looks pavé/ cobblestones on my street. Creamy layers of 🐄 milk + 🐐 milk 👍

Salon du Fromage continues today until 7:00/19:00. You cannot buy the cheese 🧀 on display to bring home.

But go down one floor in Halle 7 and there is plenty to bring home at Salon  d’Agriculture on through Sunday.

I happily brought home my cloves from Mayotte. 100 grams/3 ounces for 5€. Cloves are rare and difficult to hand gather from tall trees. I may go back for another bag..

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  1. A good way to spend a rainy day…tasting cheese🧀! How does one cleanse the pallet after so many bites? I guess it doesn’t matter, it’s all just fun!🗼❤️

    1. Anonymous7:57 AM

      Very good point Daina 👍
      There is wine 🍷 and quince jams as palette cleansers.

    2. Anonymous8:28 AM

      “Drinking a glass of water, eating a lemon wedge or an unsalted cracker, a slice of apple. Doing this between bites allows you to taste the full flavor of the cheese and truly appreciate its complexity.”

  2. Anonymous8:34 AM

    I love cheese! I would be in heaven in there!

    1. Anonymous11:25 AM

      Definitely a cheese heaven experience
      Everything was tempting.
      Savory can be more tempting and complex then sweet sometimes.

  3. I love fromage aussi..Your map is so cute!

    1. Anonymous11:23 AM

      Thank you Monique ❤️

  4. Anonymous10:50 AM

    What a lovely post! I can almost taste and smell it all. I feel a bit jealous and hungry!!! Thank you.

    1. Anonymous11:23 AM

      Thank you! It was a very rich, sensory experience.

  5. Anonymous11:34 AM

    Carol, I've never wished that I could go to a wine-tasting, but have sure wished I could go to a cheese-tasting party. So many kinds/flavors and too expensive to buy many to taste "just to see" for this girl. I only discovered Brie on a plane not long ago! When I saw that big chunk of parmigiana, it reminded me of Samuel Pepys burying his own in his garden during the great fire of London.
    I get jealous when I see all the wonderful things you can go out and do on weekends there. So lovely. We DO have the eclipse coming right over here but darn it doesn't involve chocolate or macarons.

    1. Anonymous12:16 PM

      Thank you for the Samuel Pepys story of burying his own Parmigiana in his garden during the great fire of London!!
      I am with you on cheese 🧀 tasting vs wine 🍷 tasting & you end up drunk👍
      I know some choose just one flavor to explore at these grand tastings.
      I’m more hap hazard. Whatever presents itself I glom onto.

  6. Sukicart11:53 AM

    All that cheese in one spot would be quite overwhelming, but in a good way. We did a cheese tasting on our last visit and it was so much fun we're going to do it again this year.

    1. Anonymous12:18 PM

      It was a little overwhelming to see so many cheese brands in one place.
      How to choose?
      There were guided cheese 🧀 tastings going on as well.

  7. Bonnie L11:59 AM

    Another jealous comment!! Cheese tasting on such a grand scale…wow! Everything looks yummy. Did you try the fig-almond cake with your cheese? Europeans have such creative cheese pairings.

    Hope you get to go back to the Salon again so we can live vicariously through you!

    1. Anonymous12:22 PM

      Ha The Spain 🇪🇸 stand, Quorum GAVE me that half circle pack of blended dates-walnuts = out of this world deliciousness 👍

  8. Anonymous3:41 PM

    This sounds wonderful! We are still on vacation on the French side of st martin😊I look forward to getting all your artwork when I get home 😘

  9. Anonymous11:38 PM

    Wow, what a fabulous adventure. That IS a lot of cheese. Best pic is of the glass of champagne. Always a perfect accompaniment to cheese!

    1. Anonymous6:03 AM

      10 Cheeses to Pair with Champagne · 1. Gruyere · 2. Camembert · 3. Roquefort · 4. Gouda · 5. Brie · 6. Cheddar · 7. Parmesan · 8. Swiss Gruyere.

  10. Be still my heart. I cannot resist cheese. Biggest sigh!

    1. Anonymous2:43 AM

      You would be in big trouble at this salon du 🧀 Jeanie

  11. Anonymous1:10 PM

    Ha Ha! You got me with that miniature setting of the cheese demo in a box! It looked so realistic. When I saw the next picture I thought "Whaaaat?" Good job!!! :-)

    1. Anonymous2:42 AM

      Hahaha Amazingly 🧀 realistic 👌


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