If you’re keen to try some of the finest food and wine this side of the Seine, make sure you head to the French market at Stanley this weekend. Le French GourMay’s popular annual French Traditional Market is back and being held in the grounds of picturesque Murray House.
The Le French GourMay festival promotes French culinary and wine culture in Hong Kong and Macau, and each year a different French region is celebrated; the spotlight is on the Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur region for 2018. This region is known for its scenic Mediterranean and Alpine landscapes, idyllic lavender fields; as well as Provençal gastronomy and Rosé wines.
The grounds are set up like a traditional outdoor market, so you can wander a lively marketplace, sample local produce and mingle with friends, while soaking up an atmosphere of art de vivre.
The event will showcase French market delicacies and wines, such as Provence and Rhône Valleys wines, South of France fresh fruits and vegetables, sweets and patisserie, iconic Provençal olives and olive oil, cheeses, pâtés, fresh seafoods, truffles, as well as Marseille Soaps and skincare products.
Make it a family day out – in addition to French market food, Alliance Française will share the fun of learning French with story-telling and games, and there will be face painting for the kids.
Vendors whose wares you can sample at this year’s festival:
# Based in Kennedy Town, seafood importer M&C Asia offers fresh, seasonal and locally sourced French seafood products. It’ll be showcasing top French seafood at the market.
# Gourmet food store Monsieur Chatté, established in 2008, is a favourite with Hong Kong’s French community. Head to the market stall for their famous Monsieur Chatté Raclette cheese, financier cake and Monsieur Chatté’s Saucisson.
# The Maison Argaud brand was created by the Argaud brothers, who have been producing high-quality, traditional products with natural ingredients since 1982. Their French market stall will showcase duck confit, duck meat rillettes and whole duck foie gras.
# Mega Will Wine will be showcasing its exclusive Simart Moreau Champagne at the weekend. Founded in 1974 by Pascal Simart, this boutique house produces only a small amount of Champagne to ensure quality. Pair the bubbles with Champagne-flavoured chocolate, hand-made by Cemoi.
# Vines and Terroirs is an online wine distributor founded by Charles Soulisse Plou and Valentin Maurel, the two heirs of expert winemaker families in France. Look for them to see their extensive range of fine French wines.
The event is part of Le French GourMay.
French Traditional Market
11am to 6pm, 12-13 May
G/F, Murray House, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley
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