From 22/02/2014 to 02/03/2014
The Paris International Agricultural Show, known in French as the Salon de l'Agriculture, began in Paris all the way back in 1870, when it was known as the General Agricultural Competition. Since 1925, it has occupied the same location it occupies now — the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, making the show an essential part of Parisian history. However, the show has also evolved in many ways. For example, it was originally only meant to be a showcase of livestock, but that has dramatically changed. In addition to livestock, the Paris International Agricultural Show now showcases French food and beverages, wine, international cuisine, domestic animals and vegetation. In 2013, the show attracted 693,752, proving that this diversity provides a winning formula for pleasing the public. In 2014, the show will take place from February 22 until March 2, 2014, giving those staying at the Résidence Henri IV the chance to catch some of the excitement. The show is divided into four sectors: livestock, gastronomy, plants and agricultural professions. The expo is huge, so it may be difficult to see everything, but visitors should definitely catch the livestock and gastronomy portions of the show. With enormous cows, plump pigs, cute goats, strong horses and charming dogs — just to name a few — the livestock sector has a little something for everyone. The gastronomy sector provides an overview of the food cultures of various French regions, and walking around is like visiting the entire country of France. Producers from the different regions come to show off their best products and explain their production processes. Plus, traditional dishes are prepared for the public to taste. Wine gets an entire section to itself, where visitors can take a wine tour and try all different grape varieties and appellations. Those who want a crash course in French wine should start at the Paris International Agricultural Show. The French are known for their extraordinary food, and at this show, the public can see exactly what products go into creating such exceptional cuisine. What's more, they can even taste a variety of French regional cuisines right at the expo.