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Designer Milk & Foie Gras Sandwiches at Paris’ Agricultural Fair

BP-Salon-Agriculture-3-030310Erica Berman

Ah, life in Paris. One day, the city is invaded by the cat-walking, champagne-sipping Jet Set; and the next, it is overrun with guys dressed up as life-sized vegetables (literally). Yes, the Salon International de l’Agriculture is here, and eco-friendly agriculturists and the gourmands who love them are in town to partake in the year’s biggest agricultural extravaganza. In thinking about it, this week strikes quite a nice equilibrium for those of us who can appreciate both a killer stiletto and a tub of artisanal foie gras. After all, isn’t balance what life is all about?

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The Salon runs from February 27 – March 7 and is held at Paris’ Porte de Versailles convention center (Metro: Porte de Versailles, Line 12).  And while Fashion Week (let’s be honest) is all about exclusion, the Salon International de l’Agriculture is all about inclusion. It attracts serious foodies and industry professionals, but it’s also a great event for families (who want to introduce their kids to local products) and for groups of friends who want to get drunk off said products (or sample them in moderation).

From 9am-5pm each day (and until 11pm on Friday March 5th), visitors can wander freely, sampling products from all of France’s major regions, interacting with the more than 330 animals who are in attendance, meeting artisanal producers and farmers, and perhaps even gaining some much-needed insight about where our food actually comes from.

It’s a much-anticipated event, and if you’re looking to avoid the Fashion Week scene, there’s no better place to do it. Conversely, if you’re into the Fashion Week scene, the Salon has the most stylish milk in town. Trop fashion!

Entrance to the salon is 12 € for adults, 6 € for children 6-12 years and students with valid ID, and free for children under 6. Buy tickets in advance here.

Read more about the salon here, and hear what bloggers Soyez Bienvenue Chez Moi and Richard Nahem had to say about last year’s event.

Written by Tory Hoen for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Written by Tory Hoen

Tory HoenAfter attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of's Guide To Life After College.

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