Paris Festival of Bread

Paris Festival of Bread

Parisian bread is great. Since we landed on May 1, we’ve quickly adopted the French tradition of grabbing a fresh baguette everyday. While it may not be great for our waistlines, it’s been a tasty addition to our day, and a great vessel for all the french cheese we’ve been eating.

Lucky for us, our extended trip to Paris overlapped the 22nd annual Paris Festival of Bread, a weeklong celebration of traditional, homemade bread!

Kay, out in front of the festival

Kay, out in front of the festival

So much bread!

So much bread!

Every year around St Honore Day (the patron saint of bakers), a festival is set up in the courtyard in front of Notre Dame, filled with amazing breads and baked goods, demonstrations, classes. This year the festival runs from May 15 - 21.

Bakers making petite pain au chocolat (mini chocolate crossaints)

Bakers making petite pain au chocolat (mini chocolate crossaints)

The baguette has been around for almost 900 delicious years.

The baguette has been around for almost 900 delicious years.

Here’s a quick rundown of what we ate and took away from this year’s festivities…

Chausson au Pomme - basically a pocket-sized apple pie. Light, flaky bread surrounding baked apples

Madeline - a small cakey pastry from Northeast france, similar to cornbread

Chouquette - my new favorite, a tiny goodie that tastes like a donut hole bred with a beignet

Sable d’ beurre - a buttery shortbread cookie.

Everything's better with a baguette

Everything's better with a baguette

Paris Destinations: Montorgueil

Paris Destinations: Montorgueil

Paris Destinations: Marche Des Enfants Rougue

Paris Destinations: Marche Des Enfants Rougue