A GOOD movie in Brittany, or a tasty apple in Normandy, you have got the chance to enjoy a number of festivals and events over the coming month.
With autumn nights drawing in the bounty drawn in from the fields and orchards of France are being offered up to enjoy.
Here is a selection of events and website addresses so that you can explore more:
Red Carpet Antiques Festival, Lyon, 6 October
On the first Thursday of every October, a 2500 square-metre red carpet is flung down on the rue Auguste Compte in the heart of Lyon's antiques quarter.
On this special night, the road and adjoining area are shut off to traffic, allowing some 17,000 guests to celebrate in style.
Antique shops and galleries compete to produce the best display of jewellery, gold-embossed furniture, candelabras, statues, gold fabrics and china. Jazz groups play throughout the evening and visitors are invited to bring along fine antiques for free valuations.
British Film Festival, Dinard, October 6-9
British films have a cult following in France - almost gaining more critical acclaim than they do at home. So it is no surprise to find a film festival dedicated exclusively to British films, nor is it surprising that it should be held in Dinard.
This Brittany resort owes its fame to its British neighbours, who are attracted to the mild climate and beautiful surroundings.
Apple Fair, Vimoutiers, Normandy, October 15-17
Vimoutiers pays homage to the apple during this tasty weekend. Over 15,000 visitors flock to munch apples, while the locals compete to win the Most Beautiful Apple and Most Delicious Cider competitions.
Vimoutiers lies at the heart of the Pays d'Auge, another of France's gourmet regions. Camembert cheese was invented in the neighbouring village, but it is the apple that takes centre stage for this October weekend.
Salon des saveurs, Arras, November 25-27
The fourth “Salon Regional des Saveurs” will welcome 20,000 gastronomy enthusiasts in the Exhibition Centre of Arras.
This regional show of 6,000 sqm will showcase the tastiest products of the soils of Northern France: traditional beers and ciders, foie gras, flemish delicacies, chocolates, roasted coffees, brandies, biscuits, waffles, candies, sea foods, jams, honeys and of course an extraordinary variety of cheeses.
This year, Kent has been invited as the “special guest”. Kent producers will proudly show and offer tastings of a wide assortment of their specialities.
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