France for many years has been considered as a leader in the culinary, and, perhaps, the world's most popular region for gastronomic tourism. According to the French, in the territory of their country live the most virtuoso chef and the most demanding gourmets. And, in principle, they have that right. After all, culture of food here is at its highest level. To explore French cuisine is best in October. This month in many regions there are held numerous wine festivals and local delicacies festivals.
Every year in France there are held many culinary events and festivals. Perhaps, more than in any other country in the world. The French have a view that the sense of taste and culinary culture should be inculcated to the children from the earliest age, as well as rules of etiquette. Among gastronomic holidays for adults and children is Taste Week (La Semaine du gout), which is held in the third week of October. This is a triumph of cooking all over the country in every village are held tastings, food exhibitions and gourmet feasts. However, the main priority of La Semaine du gout is the culinary education of children and young people. More than 4000 chefs from top restaurants come in French schools and institutions to attract children to a healthy and tasty food, and many restaurants offer special menus for children and students, and prices there are much lower than usual. Week of taste is held all over the country - from Paris to the Riviera.
The final of the Taste Week is the Chestnut Festival. This time it will be held on October 17, 2010. Celebration is held on the last day of the week and is celebrated as an especially important event. The French are very fond of chestnuts, and consider them to be their national product. Here is grown a special sort of chestnuts - kugurdon, which has an unforgettable aroma and taste. And if the rest of Europe, where grow kugurdon, eats it mostly cooked or fried, in France it is a whole culinary direction. They cook chestnut bread, souffle, marmalades, liqueurs, cakes, soups and a special ''brown pilaf.'' During Chestnut Festival the whole France is filled with aroma of cooked chestnuts. And despite the weather on that day, rain and wind, anyone can buy a bag of chestnuts, or a dish from it on the street.