Reducing your environmental impact through your plate is the objective of this second edition of the Festival du mieux manger, which will be held from June 10 to 17 in several districts of Paris. And this is also valid for Parisian canteens. For the first time this year, the City of Paris is organizing the Sustainable Collective Catering Trophies in order to "promote and reward the work of Parisian canteen managers who are very committed to sustainable, local and seasonal food," explains Audrey Pulvar, Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of sustainable food, agriculture and short supply chains.
Candidates will be able to compete in several categories: sustainable food objectives, sourcing, product quality, waste or a dessert contest. A jury composed of Manon Fleury and Harouna Sow, "emblematic chefs of sustainable and solidarity cuisine", will decide between them.
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The festival aims to "give visibility to sustainable food in Paris and to inform Parisians of the actors and places associated with it," says Audrey Pulvar. It was also an opportunity to "show how the City is trying to improve the diet of Parisians and make it accessible to all". The City has been committed to this approach since 2015 and the first Sustainable Food Plan in Paris.
Workshops to discover organic products and ecological initiatives, cooking classes and tastings, animations and games, conferences, local farmers' markets, farm visits... During this week, children and parents will be able to enjoy a hundred free animations. "It's open to all audiences," insists the deputy mayor of Paris.
"Disco Soup" and great banquet
The launch of the festival will take place, as last year, at the Climate Academy in the IVth, this Saturday. On the menu: sewing workshop, cooking and urban farmers' market or "Parisculteurs". On Wednesday, the public will be able to discover the shared kitchens of the Palais de la Femme. The next day, the "Disco Soupe" event will offer Parisians the opportunity to prepare a soup with fresh products in music, on the Place de Jussieu (Ve).
Festival-goers of better eating will also be able to attend the launch of the operation "Deposit for reuse 100% North-East Paris", the opportunity to taste the first zero waste beer, called "Brassin de la Villette". The festival will end on Saturday, June 17 with a large market of organic and sustainable French producers Place des Fêtes, in the nineteenth, where will also take place "a great banquet", says Audrey Pulvar.
The full program of the festival can be found here.