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Calendar of Paris Events

May 13-16
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. 

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Get Your Bio on at the Salon Marjolaine

For everyone who wishes a Whole Foods would open in Paris, the Salon Marjolaine is the next best thing. This enormous fair at the Parc Floral (through Sunday November 14) is dedicated to all that is organic and sustainable, with over 500 stands displaying and selling every kind of organic foods, wines, health and beauty products, clothing, cooking supplies, kitchen accessories, seeds, gardening supplies, furniture, bedding, shoes, jewelry, essential oils, and many other products that are usually only sold direct by the owners or manufacturers.

There is also an entire section at the entrance dedicated to environmental causes (Greenpeace and other activist groups), green tourism, outdoor activities, and nature/organic themed publishers. It's open 10:30am-7pm (until 9pm on Friday) and the entry is €8. Bring your shopping trolley, you'll need it! A free shuttle bus from the metro Chateau de Vincennes drops you right at the entrance.

Here is my mini video and some photos:

Hand-made "marmites" of all sizes.

Some very funky shoes made with natural materials (including vegetable-dyed leather).

Ceramics...

A lot of hats that are starting to look really good now that it's getting chilly.

Meats raised without antibiotics or growth hormones.

Free-range duck foie gras.

And organic chocolate....mmmmmmmm.

 

As much organically-grown garlic as you can handle for €7.

One of the many organic wines available for tasting.

Organic cotton diapers.

Buy the yarn or get the scarf already knit.

Juicers, grain germinators, and many other appliances not sold at DARTY.

Steamers, grinders, vacume-packers...

It's France, so of course there's cheese (this is actually Italian parmasean cheese).

Organic fruits and veggies.

And this one is for David, who asked me to look out for anyone actually composting. Hand-made apartment composting boxes made from recycled cookie tins and computer box vents.

Some people were smart and did their grocery shopping at the salon.

You'll have to wait until next year if you miss the Salon Marjolaine, but you can find a smaller version next month at the Vivez Nature "Noël en Bio" salon December 10-12.

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Reader Comments (2)

OK, so I get that people like to know that their food is organic and natural but I kind of feel like if America had all of the little Boucheries and Fromageries and Markets that Paris has than we wouldn't need a Whole Foods. I'm just saying that the French in general eat better quality and healthier food than Americans. Even if it isn't "bio".
November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWillim Willson
Coming to Paris in April 2011 - where do you find this type of place when the Salon M is not going on??? Thanks
November 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDevon

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