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The Flavours of France line-up revealed in full

Posted on 21st December 2017Culture

At the France Show, the Flavours of France stage is always the place to come and capture the best of French lifestyle, from celebrity insights to top chefs cooking live on stage. This year’s line-up features a host of France-loving experts, all eager to share what it is that makes France so special, from the beautiful north to the sunny south.

Award-winning actress and author Celia Imrie has captured her love of the Riviera in two bestselling books. Now, join her as she explains why she feels so inspired by the city of Nice and its sunshine-fuelled lifestyle. The sweet-toothed shouldn’t miss Eric Lanlard as he recreates some of his magical cakes on stage. Ahead of the show, the master patissier to the stars promises some glamorous bakes, plenty of anecdotes and even some baking tips:   “I like to entertain,” he says. “And the same time I hope the audience goes away with some knowledge too.”

Foodies will be spoiled for choice across the weekend as more top chefs take to the stage. Michelin-starred Daniel Galmiche is making his France Show debut, giving the crowds the chance to witness the talent that has seen him head up the kitchens of some of the world’s best restaurants. Showcasing the best of northern French cuisine, Régine Boidin from Le Manoir Gourmet serves up some delicious Normandy specialities while Le Touquet chef Jean Marc Carelle creates dishes inspired by the Côte d’Opale. France Show favourites Franck Raymond and Christine Vidal will also be creating dishes inspired by the regional flavours of France.


For some intrigue, join best-selling crime writer Peter May, whose latest book I’ll Keep You Safe bears his signature French-Scottish twist. “I’ll be sharing how I discovered France and developed my love affair with the country over 40 years, moving to live there definitively 15 years ago,” he says. He’ll also be sharing how his writing – set all across France – has helped him get to know and love his adopted home. More drama comes from broadcaster Ned Boulting as he recounts tales from his career following the Tour de France; you’ll be on the edge of your seat as he captures the highs and lows of one of the world’s toughest sporting events.

If you’re seeking the good life, learn from expat Janine Marsh who traded a demanding career for a quieter existence across the Channel with her family. In her own words her story is “funny, honest, poignant and baffling at times but never dull!” It might even spark a plan to make a great escape of your own. More lifestyle insights come from celebrity interior designer Anna Ryder Richardson, who will be sharing her ambitious plans to transform run-down French property – a must-listen for anyone hoping to turn a French ruin into a fine residence. Those who prefer the vibe of a Paris pied à terre to a rural retreat will love hearing from expat journalist and author Lindsey Tramuta as she talks about the city and culture that has inspired her book The New Paris. Lindsey’s story is an unfolding love affair of more than 10 years with her adopted city, bound to inspire and delight.

It wouldn’t be the Flavours of France stage without resident food and wine experts Guy Wolley and Susy Atkins. Chef and Sunday Telegraph wine expert respectively, they will be pairing French dishes and wines so you can create some flavours of France in your own home. This year the intrepid Guy will also be sharing memories and foodie inspiration from his 274-km walk along the GR70 in the wilds of the Massif Central. The soundtrack to the Flavours of France Stage is courtesy of vintage jazz band Oriana and the Charmers all weekend, so take a seat, sit back and drink it all in.

Check the Flavours of France schedule to make sure you don’t miss out – see all the times here.

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