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Sud de France Festival in London

Start Date:
18/08/2009
End Date:
30/09/2009
Location
Various venues, London
020 7079 3340
Discover the gastronomic delights of the Languedoc-Roussillon region this August and September. Michelin-starred chefs, Harrods, Vinopolis and restaurants around the capital welcome Londoners to discover the sun-drenched region's wine and food.
 
Events schedule
 
Free Sud de France picnic: registration August 18th

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!

Giant Sud de France cassoulet and wine lunch offer: September 4-5 & 11-12

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.

Sud de France wine tasting at Vinopolis: September 4 - 13 

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.

Sud de France/WSET wine appreciation classes: September 1, 8 and 15

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.

Sud de France food showcase at Harrods Food Hall: August 31 – September 13

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).

On display will be a host of crops that thrive in Languedoc’s temperate Mediterranean climate, including sun-ripened fruit such as white and yellow peaches, juicy nectarines and apples, and sweet, white grapes.

Fresh from the waters of the Med come briny oysters, plump mussels, sardines and marinated anchovies; ideal for the barbecue are AOC bull steaks and skewers, tender Catalan lamb, and veal raised in the Pyrenees. Or pick up some perfect picnic-basket fillers, like Pélardon goat cheese, olive- and tomato-based pastes, spreads and jams, vegetable crisps, and a host of other top-quality Languedoc products that will have foodies licking their lips.

Sud de France cookery course at L’Atelier des Chefs September 4-13

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

National promotions throughout September

Throughout September, UK fans of French wine and food can get their Gallic gourmet fix by visiting their local branch of Café Rouge (105 UK outlets – see www.festival-suddefrance.com to find the nearest Café Rouge), where a special Sud de France menu will be served, matching typical southern French dishes with wines from the region, at wallet-friendly prices.

Wine enthusiasts will be able to visit their local branch of Oddbins (132 branches across the UK) where there will be free tastings of selected Sud de France wines, available for sale on special offer (see www.festival-suddefrance.com to find your nearest Oddbins store).

High street and internet wine retailer Laithwaites (10 UK stores, see www.laithwaites.co.uk for details) will be offering a Sud de France “Midi Mix” wine case of 12 award-winning red wines, for the special price of £79.99.

Buy a bottle of Sud de France wine in any Waitrose store (199 outlets across the UK) and you can enter a competition to win a luxury Languedoc-Roussillon weekend break for two.

For further details about all Sud de France Festival events
T: 020 7079 3340
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