Goût de France Good France 2019 begins on 18 March, 2019. The aim being for restaurants all over the world to cook French cuisine for a few days or a week in a great celebration of French gastronomy.
To launch #GoodFranceSA, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, hosted a special event on 14 March at the French Residence in Pretoria.
This gathering paved the way for the fifth edition of Goût de France Good France that takes place in South Africa between 18 and 24 March 2019.
Over 5000 chefs across five continents
This year’s showcase features over 5000 chefs across five continents. Good France was started by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and chef Alain Ducasse and inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched the Dîners d’Épicure initiative in 1912: the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities, for as many guests as possible.
Provence will be in the spotlight this year. Riviera towns Cannes, Nice, Antibes, St. Tropez are also a part of this diverse area. For the first time, the Bouches-du-Rhône department and Province Tourism are launching MPG2019 (Marseille-Provence Gastronomie 2019) – 1000 events in a year of celebrations, meetings between chefs, gourmet markets, picnics, urban vegetable gardens and more.
South Africa is 8th on the global list in terms of the number of restaurants involved in Good France 2019.
36 participating #GoodFranceSA restaurants
Johannesburg: Grei, The Course, Radisson Blu Sandton, Chez Bertrand, Chez Girard, Epicure and Les Délices de France
Pretoria: Restaurant Mosaic, Leriba Hotel, Court Classique Suite Hotel, Brasserie de Paris, EAT@UP (University of Pretoria) and Prue Leith Restaurant
Cape Town: La Boheme Wine Bar and Bistro, Bouchon Wine Bar, Societi Bistro, Sotano on Bree, Sotano Mouille Point, New York Bagels, La Mouette, Nadege Cuisine, The Stack, The 41, Cocotte La French Rôtisserie, Swan Café and Chefs Restaurant
Franschhoek: Le Coin Français and La Petite Ferme
Stellenbosch: Floréal Brasserie
Noordhoek: The Food Barn
Durban: Fusion Restaurant and The Sugar Club
Ladysmith: Esiweni Lodge
Empangeni: Thula Thula Elephant Safari Lodge
Port Elizabeth: Muse Restaurant
Addo: Molo Lolo Restaurant and Cooking School
Goût de France Good France has chosen to support the No More Plastic Foundation initiative. Furthermore, it promotes sustainable cuisine and chefs are invited to prepare a menu with dishes that are low in fat, sugar and salt, and reflect concern for “good food” and the environment.
Said Ambassador Farnaud adds: “The Goût de France/Good France event brings together chefs from every background to celebrate the vitality and creativity of French gastronomy. A cornerstone of our heritage, gastronomy is great way to promote French regions, rural life and products”.
For the first time in 2010 UNESCO recognised a gastronomy-related heritage as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity register. The gastronomic meal of the French is recognised for: the use of fresh, preferably local, products, whose flavours go well together, the careful selection of dishes which reflect the terroir and diversity of French regions, the pairing of food and wine, the setting of a beautiful table, the conversations and the rituals associated with each meal.
What: Goût de France Good France 2019
Good France Provence: #GoodFranceSA restaurants