French Semaine du Gout or French Tasting Week
French tasting week or Semaine du Goût is an annual French cultural tradition, a week of educating the public (especially children) on discovering new foods, cultures and tastes. It is an important gastronomic week filled with tasting events and activities.
In schools there are workshops on taste education. (I just finished a week at the International school in Bearn helping the children celebrate tasting week. Some of the activities the schoolchildren participated in were cooking foods, learning how chocolate is made, visiting a local bakery and tasting sweet icing on the tongue).
This national French week is an ideal movement to encourage good nutrition, cultural awareness and various taste discoveries (kids are encouraged to taste new foods.
For adults the celebrated French gastronomic domains to try are new wines, breads, cheeses and charcuteries. There are cooking classes specially designed for this week and the crème is when kids and adults work together for the ‘education du goût’. Aren’t we adults the perfect role models to help the younger generation to eat healthier?
Is Taste Education Week Unique to France?
France is a country that is based heavily on strong cultural traditions based on agriculture and gastronomy. France is the ideal country to host a national week on taste education.
But we all need to eat and every country has its own specialties, culture and food traditions. So why not bring a tasting education week to every country?
Here are 7 Reasons to Bring Tasting Week to Every Country:
1. Taste and the acquisition of taste is a learned habit that starts in the womb and develops throughout young adulthood
2. Cultural food awareness is a necessity in our global world with mixed cultures
3. Nutritional messages and healthy eating awareness, such as “5 a day” fruits and vegetables, are reinforced during taste education
4. Especially for children, tasting new foods in a relaxed environment provides a fun way to discover le goût, taste
5. Gaining cooking skills in our over-processed convenience food market is an essential life skill
6. Encouraging a population to slow down to taste new food and drink, is an important habit in our faced paced society
7. Educating children early in their life about the origins of food and cooking helps kids to have more attachment to the meal process and may help them eat healthier
If Your Country Doesn’t Have A Tasting Week, You Can Still Bring Taste Education To Your Home
France has a formal tasting week, but each country has its own ways of celebrating food and taste. You may just have to search for it and involve yourself and your children in your own personal discovery of food.
And there is always the most important spot to open the mouth on new tastes:
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