Chaud Devant! Taste your Way Through the French Gastronomy Festival in San Francisco

Chaud Devant! Taste your Way Through the French Gastronomy Festival in San Francisco

Running its fourth edition, the San Francisco French Gastronomy festival serves bay area French-Style foods for local Francophiles.

If French foods are a passion or even just enjoyed occasionally, the French Gastronomy Festival in San Francisco promises to be a treat. Happening on Saturday, March 30, 2024, the marketplace will feature local food and wine vendors where one can stroll and enjoy tasting and buying French style chocolates, crêpes, croissants, artisanal charcuterie, wine and more.  

The French Gastronomy Festival will be held at Le Lycée Français de San Francisco courtyard from 10:30am to 4pm. That’s almost a whole day of strolling with family and friends and enjoying local foods with a French touch.

© French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco

“Who could say no to a freshly baked croissant in the morning, charcuterie and crème dessert for lunch, crêpe in the afternoon and a couple of honey jars to take home,” said Anne-Emmanuelle de Boysson, Executive Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco (FACCSF).  

The FACCSF is the organizer of the French Gastronomy Festival in partnership with the Lycée Français de San Francisco and the Consulate Général of France in San Francisco. Frédéric Jung, General Counsel, has attended every year with his family and will make a speech in the afternoon. This is the fourth edition of the festival which began in 2021.  

“When San Francisco started slowly opening again in 2021, we brainstormed how we could help our members from the food and wine industry,” said de Boysson. “We came up with the idea of a food market. The event is a celebration of French gastronomy, with French exhibitors from the food and wine industry showcasing their products and know-how.”  

© French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco

The festival is growing in popularity, not just with French who live in the Bay Area but with the wide variety of citizens. According to de Boysson, there are many people from China, India and Italy who attend the festival, along with the Bay Area’s large number of Francophiles and Francophones.  

Most of the festival exhibitors produce their food locally in the Bay Area. The only exceptions are La Cave, an online wine shop that specializes in French imported wines and Lux Café Club that imports gourmet coffee from various locations. Many of the exhibitors offer their food and products online and at selected Bay Area grocery stores and farmer’s markets. All are members of FACCSF. 

Other festival exhibitors will be: 

© French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco

“The French Gastronomy Festival is a fabulous opportunity to show support to the French community, while sharing its tradition and ‘savoir-vivre à la française’ in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere,” said de Boysson.  

Plus, a Saturday can’t get any better than strolling in an open-air market enjoying the tastes of delightful French-style foods made by San Francisco Bay Area experts. Miam 


Lycée Français de San Francisco Ortega Campus 

1201 Ortega Street, San Francisco, CA  94122 

Cost and registration:  

$11 per person, children under 10 are free 

Register to attend here 

Lead photo credit : © French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco

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Martha Sessums is the France Today Ambassador for San Francisco. Intrigued by France since her first stroll along the Seine, Martha and her husband often travel to Paris to explore the city and beyond. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, delighting in its strong Francophone and French culture community. She was a high-tech public relations executive and currently runs a non-profit continuing education organization.

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