Complete France advent calendar competition!
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We have 24 amazing France-related prizes to give away – one every day in the run up to Christmas! From French jewellery to guide books and a snowshoeing holiday... enter every day for a chance to win! (UK entrants only)
1 December: Win a Christmas meal for two at Café Rouge
The Prize: 3 courses for 2 people with a bottle of Cote Lavende Wine at Café Rouge
Café Rouge’s Christmas menu has all the festive flavours you want to see for a yuletide meal alongside French classics such as confit de canard as well as vegetarian and vegan options. The restaurants have real French food and wine in a Parisienne Bistro setting. We are giving away a meal for two dining from the Christmas menu (available until 31 December) and bottle of Cote Lavende Wine to accompany the meal. The voucher can be used at any of the many Café Rouge restaurants across the UK (except Center Parcs). Prize must be redeemed by 31 December 2018.
2 December: Win a Marseille Soap Discovery gift bag
The Prize: A Marius Fable gift bag worth €18.80 containing 4 types of Marseille soap
The Marius Fabre soap factory has been producing soap in Salon-de-Provence for over 100 years, founded in 1900 by Marius Fabre when he was 22 years old. The Marseille Soap Discovery gift bag includes Marseille soap in all its glorious forms that can be put to many uses. The raw Marseille soap sliced with olive oil and 200g cube of Marseille soap in olive oil can be used as a stain remover and as toothpaste, while the 100g cube of Marseille soap and 100g bag of Marseille soap shavings can be used to wash fabrics.
3 December: A personalised bottle of wine
The Prize: A personalised bottle of wine from Bottle Bazaar
Bring a bottle, but make it one they’ll remember. Bottle Bazaar allows you to personalise your own bottle of wine for a special occasion. Choose from a selection of wines then choose and customise your label – there are designs for Valentines Day, birthdays and anniversaries. There is a design to suit everyone, from bright and eye-catching to understated classic and the text can share whatever message you want.
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- 10 Visit The Last Duel's French filming locations
4 December: Win a 2019 FRANCE Calendar
The Prize: A 2019 FRANCE Calendar
Brought to you by the FRANCE Magazine team, the FRANCE Calendar 2019 features 14 beautiful photos of France so you can enjoy the country all year. The days are written in both French and English and the calendar includes French public holidays, fetes and saints’ days. There is ample space to make notes and a 2020 forward planner.
5 December: Win a bundle of walking and cycling guidebooks
The Prize: The way of St James France, Walking in the Briançoinnais, Walking in the Dordogne - all from Cicerone, and France en Velo from Wild Things publishing.
Get your legs moving in 2019 with a walking or cycling trip around France. This selection of guidebooks will help you plan your journeys. Our guidebook bundle includes; The way of St James France, which covers the GR65 walking route from Chemin de Saint-Jacques Le Puy-en-Velay to Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Walking in the Briançoinnais covers 40 walking routes in the French Alps. Walking in the Dordogne covers 35 walking routes in Dordogne – Bergerac, Lalinde, Sarlat and Souillac. And finally, France en Velo is an illustrated guide to a cycle journey across France from St-Malo to Nice.
6 December: Win a copy of Paris Picnic Club and a picnic blanket
The Prize: Paris Picnic Club by Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt a waterproof picnic blanket from Les Jardins de la Comtesse
Plan the perfect picnic with the help of the Paris Picnic Club, a beautifully illustrated recipe book with more than 100 recipes to savour and share. Once you have chosen and made your tasty picnic choose a location and roll out your Les Jardins de la Comtesse wool picnic blanket on the grass and with its a waterproof backing and its large size, you’ll have nothing to worry about except whose hogging the brie.
7 December: Win a magnum of Mirabeau rose?
The Prize: A magnum of Mirabeau Classic rose?
With its delectable raspberry pink hues and intense aromas, expressive red berry fruit remains the essence of the Mirabeau Classic rose?. Mirabeau specialises in lip-smackingly refreshing rose?, the award winning rosé wines have been crafted from some of the finest sun drenched vineyards in Provence. Mirabeau Classic Rosé 2016, Appellation Côtes De Provence Protégée, is made from Syrah (60%), Grenache (35%), Cinsault (5%).
8 December: Win a pair of handmade earrings from Comptoir Azur
The Prize: Handmade creole earrings from Comptoir Azur worth €35
Inspired by classic Creole loops, these contemporary multi-hoop earrings are made from hammered brass and as they are handmade each set is unique. Comptoir Azur offers interior objects and accessories, handcraft, beautiful and unique products for the home that are inspired by the Mediterranean and manufactured my local craftsmen.
9 December: Win the latest Christine and the Queens album on vinyl
The Prize: Chris – Christine and the Queens vinyl (French edition) from Le Bureau Export, worth £20.99
Enjoy the latest album from France’s hottest new music export on ear-pleasing vinyl. Nantes-born Héloïse Letissier has been taking the world by storm with her catchy synth-pop tunes, singing in both French and English. She had the UK’s biggest-selling album of 2016 in Chaleur Humaine and the incredibly addictive Chris may well see the same success. With thanks to Le Bureau Export .
10 December: Win a delicious French Christmas chocolate and tea selection
The Prize: Christmas Tea and Chocolate ZBox from ZChocolat, worth £121.30
Indulge in some divine sweet treats this Christmas with this prize from world champion chocolatier Pascal Caffet. The selection includes one red gift box each of Pascal’s Traditional and Exotic assortments, decorated with the outlines of Paris’s famous cityscape, plus one milk and two dark chocolate ZBars. Pair the Exotic chocolates with the fresh and fruity Chinese green tea if you’re having a morning munch, or try the Traditional chocolates with the Chinese black tea in an evening. With thanks to Z Chocolat.
11 December: Win a year’s subscription to one of our magazines
The Prize: Win a year’s subscription to France Magazine, Living France or French Property News
It’s the ultimate prize for Francophiles: one of your favourite magazines about France delivered straight to your door every month. There’s France Magazine, your ultimate French travel companion, Living France, your essential guide to making the move to France, and last but not least French Property News, the longest-established UK guide to buying property in France. The big question is, which would you choose if you won? Buy a subscription at subscriptionsave.co.uk
12 December: Win five packs of duck fritons
The Prize: Four winners will receive five packs each of duck fritons from Made For Drink, worth £3.99 per pack
You won’t ever go back to pork scratchings after trying a handful of these! Inspired by a rural southern French delicacy, duck fritons are made in Berkshire using just two natural ingredients: crispy free range duck skin and sea salt. Intensely savoury and extremely moreish, they’re the ideal accompaniment to a glass of IPA. With thanks to Made For Drink.
13 December: Win this garlic grater
The Prize: A garlic grater kit (actual colour varies from picture) from Ginger and Garlic Grater, worth £12
Cooking fans – you’ll love this prize from the official UK importers of the original ceramic kitchen graters. The garlic grater kit is a must-have tool for any chef and this pretty set will take pride of place in your kitchen. The set includes a traditional grater, plus a modern peeler and a special brush to use with your grater. With thanks to Ginger and Garlic Grater.
14 December: Win this bundle of books about expat life in France
The Prize: One copy of L’Appart by David Lebovitz, one copy of Fat Dogs and French Estates Part II by Beth Haslam, one copy of My Good Life in France by Janine Marsh and one copy of My Twenty-Five Years in Provence by Peter Mayle, together worth £50.58
If you’re planning on making the big move to l’Hexagone, you’ll want to read these tales from people who’ve been there and done that. Beth Haslam and Janine Marsh have hilarious tales of rural life by the bucketload, while David Lebovitz charts the renovation of his Paris apartment with typical wit. Peter Mayle, meanwhile, spins yarns about leisurely life in the south of France 25 years after the release of his seminal A Year in Provence.
15 December: Win this bundle of classic French CDs
The Prize: Five classic French pop and rock albums from Michel Sardou, Florent Pagny, Michel Polnareff, Lavilliers and Eddy Mitchell, from Wrasse Records
Add some Gallic glitz to your CD collection with these five albums from some of France’s biggest musical names. Enjoy Michel Sardou’s Les 100 Plus Belles Chansons, Michel Polnareff à Olympia, Florent Pagny’s Habana, La Même Tribu from Eddy Mitchell and Lavilliers’ 5 Minutes au Paradis. With thanks to Wrasse Records.
16 December: Win two bottles of Bordeaux wine
The Prize: One bottle of Calvet Reserve, Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, and one bottle of Calvet Brut, Crémant de Bordeaux, together worth £21.88
Impress family and friends by serving these delightful wines with your Christmas dinner. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend is an ideal match with roast beef and venison as well as camembert, while the Crémant de Bordeaux is ideal as a light and stylish accompaniment to canapés. With thanks to Calvet.
17 December: Win this bundle of books about French drinks
The Prize: One copy of Tasting the Past by Kevin Begos, one copy of Parisian Cocktails by Laura Gladwin and one copy of The New Wine Rules by Jon Bonné, together worth £39.99
Ace those tricky wine trivia questions at your next pub quiz with these fantastic reads about French drinks. Tasting the Past is an interesting tour of the history of wine, while The New Wine Rules covers the wine-drinking basics. If you prefer something other than a glass of vin, Parisian Cocktails can show you how to make everything from an almond martini to a Zaza.
18 December: Win a copy of Let’s Eat France!
The Prize: a copy of Let’s Eat France by François-Régis Gaudry and Friends, published by Artisan Books at £36 (delivered to UK addresses only).
This fantastic book is perhaps the most comprehensive work on French cuisine we’ve seen and should be in every Francophile gourmet’s kitchen. First published in France in 2017, it’s finally been translated into English. Weighing a whopping 3kg, it is a wonderful collection of French culinary knowledge, recipes, tips and heritage, beautifully illustrated with photography and other artwork. With an overview of 1,250 specialty foods, 375 recipes, 350 topics and 260 personalities, this book serves as a modern encyclopaedia of French cooking written by one of the most influential food critic in France.
19 December: Win a voucher for a gift Discovery Box from Your Sommelier!
The Prize: a voucher for a one month gift Discovery Box from Your Sommelier monthly French wine subscription worth £36 (delivered to UK addresses only)
Looking for a gift idea for a wine lover? Love French wine but don’t know where to start? Your Sommelier offers a great variety of subscriptions to enjoy and learn more about French wine and the Discover gift box is a great way to start. You, or the person you choose the give the Discover Box to, will receive three bottles of wine, hand picked by the experts at Your Sommelier, tasting notes and a binder. On receipt of the voucher, you can simply activate it online and receive your three bottles of wine!
20 December: Win a £100 voucher to spend in Brasserie Blanc!
The Prize: a £100 voucher for Brasserie Blanc restaurants
Treat yourself and a loved one to a special French meal in one of the Brasserie Blanc’s restaurants worth £100. Founded by French chef Raymond Blanc, the chain is famed for serving classic but modern French cuisine and has a number of establishments across the UK that bring a taste of France’s classic brasserie restaurants and their warm and welcoming atmospheres. A great opportunity to experience an authentic French meal! The voucher is valid from date of issue for 12 months from 2nd January 2019 and can be used in any Brasserie Blanc restaurant.
21 December: Win a bundle of novels set in France
The Prize: French Exit by Patrick deWitt, Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan, A Taste for Vengeance by Martin Walker
This prize is for the Francophile bookworms among you! We have three gripping novels, all set in different parts of France. French Exit (RRP £16.99) by Patrick deWitt is the story of a Frances Price, her adult son Malcom and their cat Small Frank - whom France believes to be the spirit of her late husband - and their escape from New York to Paris after a scandal. A novel full of dark humour and satire. In Paris by the Book (RRP £12.99), Leah Eady comes to Paris searching for her husband who walked out the door one day and only leaving a note leading her to the French capital. Bruno, Chief of Police in the Vézère valley returns in A Taste for Vengeance (RRP £18.99). The newly promoted chief of police is teaching a cookery class in the heart of the Périgord when one of the clients disappears and a body of a woman, half of a double murder, is discovered…
22 December: Win a bundle of CDs from contemporary French artists
The Prize: a bundle of 6 recently released albums from contemporary French artists
A great way to get familiar with a country’s culture is through its current music trends so we’re offering a bundle of six CDs from various contemporary French artists including: Eddy de Pretto’s album Culte which he has re-released with four more exclusive tracks; Vanessa Paradis’ new album Les Sources; Effet Miroir by Zaz; Charlie Winston’s new album Square 1; Benjamin Biolay’s album Volver and Gaëtan Roussel’s Traffic.
23 December: Win tickets to The France Show with a glass of wine each
The Prize: a bundle of 4 tickets to The France Show at London Olympia on 25-27 January with a glass of wine from St-Tropez wines at any time
Immerse yourself in all things French at The France Show at London Olympia on 25-27 January 2019. Watch French chefs cook up a storm and listen to best-selling authors share their love of France; learn all about French wine at a wine tasting; pick up travel and language learning tips from the experts and shop for authentic French food at the market. For property hunters, The France Show is also home to the UK’s largest French Property Exhibition so you can browse thousands of properties for sale, meet estate agents and listen to expert seminars on all aspects of buying and living in France. The tickets can only be used once and are valid for any day of The France Show.
24 December: Win a snowshoeing holiday in the Pyrénées
The Prize: a holiday for two The Best Pyrenean Winter Walks by Purely Pyrénées
What a way to welcome in the Christmas Season than by winning a fabulous eight-day holiday to France for 2019. Purely Pyrenees are offering two lucky participants the chance to have a wonderful eight day snowshoeing experience on one of their brand new winter holidays, only just introduced for the coming winter holiday season. The first day takes in a day’s walking from the Col of Soulor to the foot of Gabizos that dominates the Pau Plain and the Ouzom Valley. The holiday continues with gentle snowshoeing, fantastic panoramas and spectacular scenery from the Pic du Midi to the Gavarnie amphitheatre. Four-star accommodation on a full-board basis at Les Gerbes; bilingual guide; departure between 23rd Feb and 23rd March 2019 (full T&Cs on the competition form).