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For all those who are lovers of France here is something that might interest you...

They tell me there will be live cookery demonstrations by top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, Caricature artists, seminars on winetasting, book signings by leading authors like Stephen Clarke, live music, sample food dishes from Mon Plaisir and Cafe des Amis restaurants, a TV5 cinema, language lessons, champagne bar and over 20,000 properties for sale.

The answer is at London's Olympia, 18-20th January - where the UK's biggest celebration of France and the French living takes place in the shape of The France Show 2008.

Sound of interest? Then, here's the really great news because if you register for tickets on the France Show's official website ( before 31st December, your tickets to the Show will be absolutely free - no catches, or gimmicks, absolutely free! The offer allows you and up to five guests to gain entry free - saving you up to 48.

From 1st January 2008, tickets will cost 8 per person, either from the website or on the door on the day.

A big event, expecting over 40,000 visitors, The France Show 2008 will be split into Travel, Food and Wine, Property, Lifestyle and Language and Culture. There'll be full Seminar programmes running throughout each day with leading speakers on aspects of travel in france, learning French and buying and living in France - all are free on a first come first served basis. The property exhibition, meanwhile, will be the largest single French property exhibition held in the UK - no better place to find that dream home you've been promising yourself. The free cookery demonstrations, taking place in the Novelli Academy Food Theatre will also have a six session programme each day, three being carried out by Jean-Christophe Novelli himself, two by his protege Stephen Kitchen and the other by Frank Raymond of Mon Plaisir, the celebrated and oldest french restaurant in London.

Within the mini-Montmartre centrepiece of the Show, visitors will be able to relax with a drink or eating a sample signature dish cooked on the premises by top French restaurants for as little as 3 per dish. And all this while listening to live music and watching caricaturists and painters demonstrate their incredible talents.

The event is being run by top French sector magazine publisher, Archant Life, and sponsored by amongst ohers, Sunday Times, Classic FM, Brittany Ferries, Maison de la France and Rosetta Stone. For full details of all that's going on over the three days, check out the website at

I also notice if you click on the link there are free tickets....

Posted at 1st Dec 2007 - 07:49AM   Posted by Unpeuloufoque   For Francophones amongst you! Comments: 8

Almost worth crossing La Manche to visit! Tis certainly selling France though I do wonder when the French will get tired of the British Invasion. It has not happened here yet though I do know french people in Pas de Calais who do feel threatened by the numbers.

Having said that I'm just about to mail the link to my relatives.

Posted by: Miss penelope on 1st Dec 2007 at 07:59AM

Elizabethd's Avatar Well, Brittany sometimes seems more English than French!

Posted by: Elizabethd on 1st Dec 2007 at 08:39AM

Fennie's Avatar I trust if I go - and I am strongly tempted - we shall find in an odd corner a replica Chateau Loufoque complete with Mde Grognonne, Jacques, Chef Patissier, Eldest, Madame and of course lopside Loic! I am wondering though whether a Chef Tuiliere ought not to make an appearance.

Posted by: Fennie on 1st Dec 2007 at 09:34AM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar sounds interesting, un peu. Also interested to see comments on English from people living in France. I wonder that every year when we go - the ferrys are always full to the gunnels with British cars, both there and back, yet we've never come across anything but the most welcoming hospitality whenever we go there. I can't imagine the English would be so welcoming.

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 1st Dec 2007 at 12:42PM

But will I meet Madame Grogonne?Smile

Posted by: @themill on 1st Dec 2007 at 01:42PM

PS I thought lovers of France were Francophiles? Non?

Posted by: @themill on 1st Dec 2007 at 01:46PM

Frances's Avatar My question echoes those of Fennie and @themill!

I will have to study the site carefully to see if there is any hope of representation by our favorite household.


Posted by: Frances on 1st Dec 2007 at 02:55PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Sadly Madame Grognonne willbe otherwise engaged I belive it wil be her weekend for cutting her bunions.. As for Francophones or philes , @themill you are probably right!!Whatever you want to call lovers of all things French I hope if anyone goes they enjoy themseves visitng the expo as I do enjoy living here in France!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 1st Dec 2007 at 05:25PM

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