I think it was the oysters that first started my love affair with France. It was the summer in Arcachon which is known for its oyster beds and I was staying as a teenager to learn French with a host family in Bordeaux. We were seated on the terrace of a seafood restaurant and I couldn’t quite believe the huge platter of oysters, lobster and crabs laid out on the table, let alone work out how to eat it!
My eyes were opened to French food and culture by that strange and exotic seafood platter and since then I have hiked from Chamonix on the Tour de Mont Blanc, taken a river cruise through Burgundy and Provence and spent time in numerous French cities from Le Havre to Marseilles.
If you are also a lover of French travel, food and culture, and looking for inspiration for planning your holidays in France or even buying property there, you must visit The France Show at Olympia London on Friday 25 January – Sunday 27 January 2019.
Visit The France Show in London 25-27 January 2019
The France Show is a fantastic celebration of all things French, bringing together in London Olympia all the dream holidays, mouthwatering food, live music and French wine. For those who already know and love France, The France Show also hosts the UK’s largest French property exhibition, where you can browse thousands of properties for sale and get free expert advice if you are planning a property purchase in France. Even if you just want a fun day out with a French flavour, The France Show brings you top French chefs sharing their recipes on the Flavours of France Stage and there are can-can dancers, inspirational travel talks and a chance to try your hand at pétanque.
For Lovers of French Food
On the Flavours of France stage you can watch cookery demonstrations from top French chefs, with chef Guy Wolley and Sunday times wine writer Susy Atkins hosting the food events. Susy will also be making her recommendations on the perfect wine to accompany each dish. Look out for;
Alpine Flavours with Franck Raymond (Friday, Saturday) – Franck is Chef Patron at Augustine Kitchen restaurant in London which showcases authentic French dishes.
Flavours from Côte d’Opale with Stellio Lestienne (Friday, Saturday) – the Côte d’Opale is the stretch of French coastline closest to the Belgian border, known for its fresh fish and seafood.
Recipes from Montreuil ”La Destination Gastronomique” with Guillaume Duvivier (Friday, Sunday) – just 40 minutes from Calais this seaside town is well known as a foodie destination.
Wander through The French Market, with plenty of chance to sample French delicacies and treats. There’s even a dedicated area L’Atelier du Fromage, where you can taste some of France’s best cheeses.
For Lovers of French Wine
In the Wine Theatre you can enjoy a range of tutored tastings of fine wines and champagne and learn more about France’s wine-growing regions and grape varieties with professional wine expert Neil Phillips. Tickets cost from £6 per person in advance (booking fee applies) and are available after purchase of entrance tickets to The France Show.
Susy Atkins will also lead the Cave à Vins wine-tasting sessions, offering the opportunity to sample a selection of fine French wine from the show’s exhibitors. Look out for;
Enjoy a tour of French wine with The Wine Tipster Neil Phillips (Friday, Sunday)
Château Léoube – Provence wine at its best Neil Phillips (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Discover the diversity of the IGP Pays d’Oc varietal wines Neil Phillips (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
For Lovers of French culture and music
On the Flavours of France stage you can see talks from travel writers with stories of life in France as well as musical entertainment from the famous can can dancers.
Look out for;
The France Show can can dancers (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
To B&B or not to B&B? : How to start a chambres d’hôtes in France and keep your sanity with author and comedian Ian Moore (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
From Lancashire to the Languedoc with Anthony Peregrine (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) – The French Travel correspondent from The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph will be discussing the wonders and peculiarities of France.
Tales of a travel writer with Lisa Gerard Sharp (Saturday)- award-winning travel writer and France specialist who shares some personal amusing tales and insider knowledge of living in France.
Looking for your next French Holiday?
In the Language and Travel Forum, attend a free talk about Vienne, the land of Futuroscope in the heart of western France. You’ll find lots of holiday inspiration from other regions that may be new to you, such as Côte d’Opale on the northern coast of France and the Hautes Vosges, the mountain region of Eastern France. Perhaps you fancy a boating holiday with Brittany Boating, a cycling holiday with Fellow Velo or a Wine lover’s holiday with Wine and Spirit Lodging. You’ll find all of these and more at The France Show.
Looking for advice on French property and expat life?
If you’d love to own a property in France, you’ll find the largest French property exhibition in the UK on the second floor of The France Show, where you can browse through the thousands of available properties and get plenty of advice from a range of experts.
The Language and Travel Forum offers lots of free seminars to help you improve your French, from How to learn French in your coffee break, to tuning your ears to French sounds and pronunciation. In the Living France Theatre you can find advice on how to finance your French property, find your dream home in France, French taxation and many other useful topics for the aspiring French property owner.
When is The France Show?
You can find The France Show on at Olympia, London on Friday 25 Jan, Saturday 26 Jan and Sunday 27 Jan 2019 from 10am – 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sunday.
How to get to The France Show in Olympia, London
The Olympia London Exhibition Centre address is Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14 8UX. The closest station to Olympia is Kensington Olympia on the London Overground network. It’s one stop from Shepherd’s Bush (Central line) or West Brompton (District line). Alternatively the closest underground line station is Barons Court on the District and Piccadilly Line. You can find more details on how to get to Olympia on the Olympia London Website.
How much are tickets for The France Show?
You can buy tickets for The France Show here. Individual tickets for each day cost £12 + booking fee when booked online and £16 on the door.
How to win one of 5 pairs of tickets for The France Show at Olympia, London
Update: This giveaway is now closed. The winners were Herbert A, Liz W, Theresa W, Allan F, Adrian B. Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway.
I’m giving away 5 pairs of tickets for The France Show at Olympia in London, which can be used on the day of your choice either Friday 25 Jan, Saturday 26 Jan or Sunday 27 Jan 2019. To enter this giveaway simply follow the instructions and log your entries via the Rafflecopter widget below.
– Visit The France Show website and leave a comment below this article saying which of the free seminars you would most like to attend
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– *Note* Date extended to 20 Jan
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1. The giveaway is open to all aged 18 years or over except employees and families of The France Show, Heather Cowper Media, affiliates or subsidiary companies.
2. The prize will consist of 2 tickets to The France Show at Olympia in London. There are 5 pairs of tickets to give away.
3. The tickets can be used on one of the days of the show, either Fri 25, Sat 26 or Sun 27 Jan 2019.
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This article is written by Heather Cowper and sponsored by The France Show