GREAT REASONS TO COME TO THE FRANCE SHOW
If you fancy a fun-packed weekend enjoying the best of France, London is the place to be in January 2018
A winter’s day in London… the aroma of freshly baked croissants, the pop of champagne corks, the sizzle of garlic in a pan and the plink of a guitar as melodic chansons fill the air. Yes, The France Show is back for 2018, bringing with it the best of France for three days. There are plenty of reasons to come to London Olympia and get your French fix, here are just some of them…
The chance to indulge in great food and wine is one of the reasons we all love trips to France so much. It’s also one of the biggest reasons to come to The France Show. From enjoying the first flaky pain au chocolate of the day to squeezing in time for a final coup de champagne before you head out into the London evening, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy French food all day long. The France Show’s resident food and wine experts are chef Guy Wolley and Sunday Telegraph wine writer Susy Atkins – don’t miss them as they provide inspiration for a French themed menu live on stage. Wine buffs should also keep an eye out for Susy at the Cave à Vins where she’ll be taking taking France Show visitors on an informal wine tour. If you’re partial to an éclair or a tarte au citron, don’t miss master patissier Éric Lanlard as he creates mouthwatering creations in front of the audience (Sunday only).
One of the most wonderful things about France is its variety of landscapes, from dramatic mountain peaks to gentle countryside and some of the most stunning coastline in the world. Even if you know France well, there are still corners to discover and sights to behold. At the show you can talk to those in the know from tourist boards, tour companies and transport operators to plan new and exciting ways to explore the country on your next trip across the Channel. Want to get active? Try a cycling holiday or a laid-back camping trip amid nature. You can also brush up on your French with one of the language learning specialists
The Flavours of France Stage is the heart of the show; it’s where the crowds gather to watch entertainers, chefs, singers and, of course, the legendary France Show cancan dancers. This year sees some new names taking to the stage. Tour de France fans should come along on Sunday 28 January; it’s when the sports journalist, broadcaster and best-selling author Ned Boulting will be live on stage. His one-man show Bikeology sold out at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and his appearance on the Flavours of France Stage promises to evoke the thrills of one of the world’s most gruelling cycling races. For less heart-popping experiences, come along and listen to writer Peter May (Friday only) and journalist Lindsey Tramuta (Friday and Saturday) Based in France, crime writer May enthralls readers with his popular series The Enzo Files about Toulouse-based forensic expert Enzo Macleod, while Paris-based Tramuta’s popular lifestyle blog Lost in Cheeseland has gained her fans all across the world. Bringing a vintage taste of Paris all weekend long, jazz chanteuse Oriana will be performing with her band The Charmers.
If you’re tempted to enjoy the French lifestyle more permanently, the France Show is also home to the French Property Exhibition, where estate agents will be on hand with thousands of tempting properties for sale in France. If your casual browse turns into a concrete plan, don’t miss the free expert-led seminars which shed light on everything you need to know about buying property and living in France, from tax and legal advice to making a living.
All under one roof
The show is also home to one of the UK’S largest French markets, so don’t forget to stock up on delicious regional goodies – from jams and cakes to cheeses, breads and saucisson – and other artisan souvenirs of your visit. Around the show there are plenty of spots to revive with a tasty crèpe or glass of wine and drink in the atmosphere. If you love France, you’ll love The France Show. A bientôt!