A connoisseur, an admirer or just a curious person, anyone can head to Puducherry to savour the fusion of Indo-French cuisines that have the flavour of history, heritage, and spices. Held in one of the union territories of India, Puducherry, the French Food Festival is organized by the tourism department of Puducherry annually in the month of August and is also known as the ‘Gourmet Festival’. The festival is aimed at celebrating the rich cultural, colonial and historical heritage of Puducherry and the special connection of people of Puducherry with France.
Puducherry was a well-known port during the 16th century that welcomed many travelers, and traders, from across the globe to India. History books claim that the Dutch, the Britishers, the French, the Portuguese and the Danes came to India via Puducherry port. The one group of travelers and traders that influenced the local lifestyle in Puducherry the most was the French.
French travelers and traders came to Puducherry, India in 1670 and stayed there for a very significant period till 1954, even after the independence of India. Puducherry was a colony of France and it fought many battles with Britishers over the control of Puducherry. Puducherry officially became the part of India in the year 1963 when the French parliament sanctioned a treaty on the official handover of Puducherry to India.
During their rule of around 300 years, the French administration built many buildings, offices, restaurants, bakeries, and developed the local infrastructure, which is still very evident on the streets of this union territory. Puducherry after the independence of India emerged as a state that is a perfect fusion of Tamilian and French culture. This liberal attitude and co-existence of all religions make this place much more special and worth visiting. Today, apart from many other french-oriented festivals, the French Food Festival is the most-coveted festival of Puducherry that is attended not just by the locals but also the visitors from across the globe.
French food is very popular all around the world and if you too are an admirer of the same then the French Food Festival in Puducherry is the place to be. This festival is an occasion where tourists and the locals get the opportunity to taste the real and authentic french dishes. Puducherry is a great place to enjoy delicious dishes inspired by French and Tamilian culture. This food festival is all about relishing the food, making memories have fun and celebrate a rich heritage.
There are many dishes that remained sacred on the Puducherry platter for ages now while there are some that got blended with a Tamilian twist and the flavor of local herbs and spices. The festival is an opportunity for tourists to treat their taste buds and enjoy some popular dishes. Some dishes that are a must-try at French Food Festival are Salad Nicoise (tuna, egg, fruit salad), Ratatouille (bread, pasta, eggplant dish), Creme Caramel (dessert), Croissant (baked roll), Bouillabaisse (fish stew), Crepes (pancake), Croque Monsieur (sandwich), Sole Meuniere (fish), and French pastries.
By Road. Traveling by roadways is an altogether different experience as it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery alongside and take a break at any beautiful spot. One may either book a seat in the inter-state government/private tourist bus or take a personal car or bike to reach Puducherry. Through roadways, one has to cover a distance of approx. 2,300, 1,200, 1,800, and 350 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.
By Rail. The nearest railway station is Villupuram at a distance of approx. 35 km from the place. The station receives trains from all the metro cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. From the station, one may take the local transport to commute conveniently in the union territory.
By Air. Puducherry Airport is the nearest airport to reach the festival. Puducherry airport is just 3 km away from the main town. The airport receives frequent flights from Bangalore and Hyderabad and thus people can commute here through connecting flights from anywhere in India. From the airport, one may take local transport such as a taxi, or a rickshaw to reach their desired destination.
27 October 2019 - 29 October 2019
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