Fed up with the UK’s non-existent summer? The Sud de France food and wine, festival will be bringing sunny, southern French joie de vivre to the UK.
Sunny Mediterranean vibes will be spreading across London and selected UK cities when the Sud de France Festival of food and wine kicks off on Friday September 4th, 2009.
Foodies and francophiles will be able to enjoy the quality wines and healthy cuisine of the south of France during a ten-day celebration that shines the spotlight on gastronomic delights from the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
The Sud de France Festival runs from September 4-13 and features free food and wine tastings, wine appreciation workshops, a free Sud de France picnic in central London, and the chance to sample a giant cassoulet (the hearty regional meat-and-bean dish).
A series of Sud de France special offers and promotions will be held throughout September at cafés, restaurants and retail outlets (Harrods, Café Rouge, Waitrose, Laithwaites, Oddbins, Marché du Quartier) across the UK, giving consumers the chance to try and buy delicious Sud de France food and wine at money-saving prices.
The main focus of the Sud de France Festival is London, where the public will be able to take part in a number of events and promotions, including:
1. Free Sud de France picnic
Visit www.festival-suddefrance.com from August 18 and register for the free Sud de France picnic (offer limited to the first 100 visitors). From midday on Wednesday September 9 only, those who have registered can collect a free Sud de France picnic basket from the Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon, 6 Cavendish Square, London W1, and enjoy a Sud de France salad created exclusively by French chef Claude Bosi of two Michelin-starred London restaurant Hibiscus, and a typical Languedoc-Roussillon dessert.
Wash down this mouth-watering Mediterranean lunch with a free glass of delicious Languedoc-Roussillon wine!
2. Giant Sud de France cassoulet and wine lunch offer
Ditch that deadly-dull, lunchtime sandwich and opt for something a little more exotic! Sud de France has teamed up with Marché du Quartier to provide a special takeaway lunch menu showcasing cassoulet; a delicious, slow-cooked white bean casserole typically made with pork sausages, goose or duck, this is one of Languedoc-Roussillon’s most famous dishes.
On September 4-5 and 11-12, Londoners will have the opportunity to sample this warming regional speciality at Marché du Quartier, in London’s Borough Market.
In the same location, on the same dates, Bedale’s Wine Bar will be giving shoppers the chance to sample selected Sud de France wines and Mediterranean nibbles.
3. Sud de France wine tasting at Vinopolis
From September 4-13, visitors to south east London’s wine tasting centre Vinopolis can sample some of the finest wines from Languedoc-Roussillon (the world’s single largest wine-producing region) as part of their tour. Red, white, sparkling, sweet, or rosé, the diverse range of Sud de France is sure to please.
Additionally, on Thursday September 10 from 6.30 pm, wine expert and journalist Charles Metcalfe will be hosting a tasting of Sud de France wines, accompanied by a free Mediterranean buffet of Sud de France fine foods. Vinopolis is at No.1 Bank End, London SE1; for cost details and to register, call 020 7940 8300 or visit www.vinopolis.co.uk.
4. Sud de France/WSET wine appreciation classes
Wine enthusiasts can sign up for a series of three, two-hour Sud de France wine appreciation classes, organised by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, to be held at the Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon, 6 Cavendish Square, London W1.
Classes are lead by international French sommelier Frédéric Grappe. Dates are September 1, 8 and 15; cost is £25 per class, or £60 for all three. Numbers are limited; to book your place, call the WSET on 020 7089 3800.
5. Sud de France food showcase at Harrods Food Hall
From the vast, open plains of the Lozère in the north, to the beaches of the Mediterranean coast, to the rugged peaks of the Pyrénées-Orientales, the diversity of the Languedoc-Roussillon landscape is reflected in its local produce and culinary traditions.
From August 31 – September 13, Harrods Food Hall will be hosting a showcase of over a hundred food products from the Sud de France/Languedoc-Roussillon region, giving lucky Londoners the chance to sample sun-kissed, healthy, natural produce (free tastings will be held over three days, Wednesday September 9 – Friday September 11).
6. Sud de France cookery course at L’Atelier des Chefs
From September 4-13, learn to cook authentic Sud de France recipes such as honey-glazed duck breast with a salad of endive, walnuts and lardoons; pan-fried sea bream with olive oil mash, grilled courgette and lemon zest; or foie gras with glazed apples, water cress and boudin noir.
Prepare your dish and then savour it, accompanied by a free glass of Languedoc-Roussillon wine, at London’s Atelier des Chefs (in central London, just off Oxford Street). Prices start from £18 for a half-hour lesson; contact L’Atelier des Chefs on 020 7499 6580 or see www.atelierdeschefs.co.uk