Monday, February 24, 2014

For People Who Love Antiques...and Ham

Billing itself as the largest and perhaps oldest antique and collectibles fairs in France (it dates to the Middle Ages), the twice-yearly Foire de Chatou is coming up in Paris March 7 to 16th. 

Organizers say the event--like a little pop up village--has just had a makeover and will be more colorful than ever this time around, with a Pop Culture theme, a recreated 1960s/'70s apartment on display, experts on hand to help, new amenities such as valet service, a Facebook contest and, as in years past, a wide range of high-quality French regional foods for sale...which explains why it used to known as the the Foire a la Brocante et aux Jambons (yep, the Collectibles and Ham Fair!). On the fair's Boulevard Voltaire, you'll find oysters from Brittany and Normandy, foie gras and confit from the Gers, Corsican charcuterie and saucisson from Lyon, andouilles from Guéménée or Vire, cheeses from the Savoie, traditional oils and mustards, wines from Mâcon, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Alsace...and much more.

As always, the fair is organized by the 1,500-member SNCAO-GA (Syndicat National du Commerce de l’Antiquité, de l’Occasion, des Galeries d’Art moderne et contemporain), the country's largest antiques trade group.

The 88th Foire de Chatou will have 700 vendors from all over Europe and roughly 25,000 visitors. It's ten minutes from Paris on the RER line A and there's a shuttle from the station exit. Hours are 10 am to 7 pm and admission is 6€.  All the info is on the fair's website (foiredechatou.com)...and you might enjoy all the pretty pix and fun vendor profiles in the English press kit, which I've uploaded here

2 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorites! Thanks for reminding us.

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  2. You had me at "ham," but there are antiques, too? I'd consider a trip to Paris just for this.

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