Is this the biggest brocante fair in France? It’s happening this weekend. 🥳 Here’s a preview!
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ALSO - Coming soon, a full YouTube tour, and I share with you what I purchased. I am SO excited!!
Yesterday I got early access to the « Foire du Chatou » (Ham Fair 🐷), and I seriously couldn’t get the goofy grin off my face. Imagine over 300 exhibitors with an impossible amount of gorgeous antiques, collectibles, artwork, and more until big white tents are set alongside the river with food vendors from all over France.
I first went to this enormous antiques fair about eight years ago. And this year? The fair is celebrating its 104th year!
Can’t attend this weekend? No worries! It happens two times per year. Here are all the details:
March 10 to 19th, 2023
10 am to 7:30 PM
and September 22 to October 1, 2023
10 am to 7 PM
Price: 10€ (tickets sold on-site only)
It’s an easy direct metro ride on RER A from the Paris Châtelet to the Chatou Croissy station. From there, it’s an easy, flat 10-minute walk, or you can take the shuttle. If you take a taxi, tell them to take you to Ile des Impressionists at Chatou.
PLUS, specialized carriers are available to ship your purchases in France and abroad.
The Foire du Chatou was created in the Middle Ages, probably even before, because France has an old « charcuterie » tradition.
Until the 19th century, pork was the staple food for Christmas Eve: it was the feast’s king among peasants, bourgeois, and nobles.
During the Middle Ages, butchers from all provinces came to Paris during Holy Week to sell their prepared meats. They settled where there were the most customers, around Notre-Dame, certain of having those who attended services as loyal customers.
The Foire du Chatou has a great website that shares the full history and additional details.