Traditional foods to enjoy during Christmas in France

19th November, 2015
Although Christmas is celebrated differently all over Europe, one thing we can all agree on is that we love gorging on the delicious foods that come with this time of year. France is no exception, and boasts its own variety of foods which make a special appearance at this time of year. On your luxury family holidays in France this Christmas, why not see which is your favourite?

Vin Chaud

Translating into English as hot wine, vin chaud is a favourite wintertime treat in France, with its rich, delicious taste and a warmth which is perfect for battling a chilly winter?s day. You?ll often find it being sold in the streets on carts or at stalls, as well as at the Christmas markets dotted all over France.

Bche de Nol

A traditional cake you?ll find in every French household, the Bche de Nol is the French version of a classic Yule Log, made by coating a spongey pound cake with buttercream icing and rolling the two together into the shape of a log.

Beaujolais Nouveau

Released on the third Thursday of November each year, Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine which is drunk across the country, with tradition holding that the entire supply should be consumed by the New Year. True to the name, the wine is not meant to become a vintage, leading to the rush to drink it all by January 1st. It is often drunk as a popular accompaniment to the holiday meal, or Reveillon.

Foie Gras

A popular French export, foie gras is something that we even enjoy in the UK at Christmas time. In France, family meals often start with a cocktail or an aperitif, which is often accompanied by hors d?oeuvres, small nibbles which get the tastebuds tingling. Foie gras is a particularly luxurious example, a Christmas treat, which steps up the first course even more with the accompaniment of Sauternes or Champagne.

Roasted Chestnuts

Simply collected from the trees and roasted over a roaring fire, roasted chestnuts are a holiday staple in France. You can either buy them raw from stores and roast them at home, or buy them hot and already prepared from street vendors at the Christmas markets, who serve them up in paper cones.

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