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Attention French Lovers
Stanmore Christmas "light switch on", will play host to the "French Market and Friends" on Sunday 19 November. Touring the UK annually for over a decade, Savoir Fayre's French Market is a market crafted to stimulate the senses of locals and tourists alike, and pays homage to the marketplace's tradition of exploring and embracing culture.
How do you like your croissant? (image by writer)
Each year, Savoir Fayre selectively invites traders who exhibit a range of wares sourced (and sauced) and imported from towns which continue to craft foods from traditional ingredients and recipes passed down through the generations. Additionally, they possess the historic and culinary knowledge and authenticity which respects the market as a cultural institution.
MMMM Fresh Bread (image from organiser's website)
You probably love a fresh baguette; enjoy breaking into a warm croissant with apricot conserve; and I'm sure you like warm pain-au-chocolate. But at this market, how about crunchy yet airy pain noix? Or a fresh and traditional tarte fraise, ou citron? Or mille feuille the way it was supposed to be done?
There will be Le Specialiste du Fromage, established now for over half a century and with a range of over fifty cheeses, sourced from almost every region of France, to represent each and every one of those years. Make sure you try the garlic prawns of Terre et Mer and the cured meats, fuet and saucisson of The French Comte.
Try the garlic prawns (image from organiser's website)
The best of France and its European friends and neighbours are coming to Stanmore and the heart of Britain's other town centres. For further details click hereBon appetit.
The Marketplace There is a historical significance to the marketplace. Before the supermarkets, before the internet, the marketplace was where traders would introduce their world to the rest. Traders, who had sailed the seas, discovering lands and cultures, would gather the culinary and material treasures they harboured and bring them to market to showcase to their native countrymen. The market was a place of cultural learning and discovery.
How very French (image from organiser's website)
Among the atmosphere, accents and aromas you will discover sweets and biscuits from the home of the lightest nougats; cheese that characterises the cultural and culinary identity of its hometown; along with cured meats, from every corner of France and beyond its borders. The stalls offer ranges of coffee and mustards, the breadth of which boggles the mind, but brought by traders with the knowledge and passion to enlighten you of the subtleties between them. Beyond those stalls that tempt the taste buds, the market brings traders arriving to showcase the beauty of craft that exists beyond our shores.