Huge, entertaining and exhausting, it’s known for its stalls giving lots of free nibbles and wine, and its many chances to stroke cute animals, but there’s actually a lot more to it than that.
Read on for all the info!
A lot of French people think the main draw of the Salon de l’Agriculture is its free food and booze, and it’s true that no-one leaves the event hungry. Or sober. Apart from vegans, perhaps.
But there’s actually a lot more on offer than just stuffing yourself and stroking cute farm animals. For a start, there are also dogs, cats and rabbits on show. Kids will love it.
However, there is a less well-known side to the show that merits your attention. For example, there are loads of ideas for the garden and tips on how to grow your own vegetables. The Odyssée Végétale part of the show even presents bioplastics and biofuel, explains how bread is made (from the sowing of the seed to the finished product’s removal from the oven) and has its own virtual reality section.
There’s also a section of the show about the services and career opportunities in agriculture, with surprise topics like responsible management of forests, use of water and the possibilities of renewable energy.
And there’s a lot more – exotic animals, agriculture contests, a milking parlour, a new Agri’Détente relaxation area, and – of course – things to eat and drink from the 13 regions of France (and French overseas territories).
The Salon de l’Agriculture is at the Porte de Versailles (here) from 24th February – 4th March 2018
Open every day from 9am-7pm
Admission: 14€ / 7€ (6-12 year olds) / free (for kids under 6)