The France Show

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This morning The France Show open at London’s Earls Court. An hour after opening there were hundreds of people sampling food (including a stand with baklava!) and wine, visiting the property section and talking to the different tourist offices. Others were watching the double act of Thierry Beine and Francois Collot demonstrating some recipe ideas from Nord-Pas de Calais and joking that this was the first time Beine had made an omelette. Both are also here on Saturday and Sunday as well.
From talking to a few people, the thoughts was that more people were visiting already compared to the same time last year. One wine retailer was well up on sales and Emmanuelle de Montalier from Atout France (the French Tourist Board) thought that more people had visited her stand requesting information and brochures that this time last year.
London is thought to have about 400,000 French living in it and is often called the 5th city of France. Given the millions of us that visit France each year or live there, you can see why The France Show runs for 3 days. Only 4 years old, it seems to have become part of London’s January life. Le Touquet will be offering at least 9 chances of prizes on their stand and both Sea France and P&O Ferries will have free prizes and discounts for visitors as well. I only sampled four different wines, including some very drinkable St Emilion 1995 Grand Cru. There can’t be much of that vintage still around. Any more tasting and this piece wouldn’t have been written. Having just short of 150 different exhibitors and even an area to play petanque (sandier and flatter than I’ve played on!) this is an ideal place for a weekend visit.

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