Complete France Advent Calendar Competition
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Win amazing French prizes every day until Christmas in the Complete France Advent Calendar. Our annual free competition has 24 French-inspired for prizes up for grabs
1 December: Win a chocolate advent calendar with zChocolat
The Prize: A gourmet advent calendar from a top French chocolate producer
An exquisite surprise waits behind every door of the choco-tastic Advent Zbox from zChocolat. With 24 numbered chocolates to savour, each made to a unique recipe, as well as six Dark Z chocolate pieces, this makes the perfect treat for chocoholics. Each of the scrumptious offerings from the Forcalquier-based chocolate makers is crafted by World Champion Chocolatier Pascal Caffet with French tradition in mind.
The winner’s contact information will be shared with zChocolat for the purpose of prize distribution.
2 December: Win a copy of the latest album from Franco-Algerian songstress Nesrine
The Prize: One of three copies of Nesrine’s self-titled album
“An incandescent, multilingual talent” is how The Times described singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nesrine as she burst onto the international music scene in 2018 as part of the trio NES. The Franco-Algerian sensation has now released a self-titled solo album, combining the cello with her powerful voice and drawing influences from her North African roots and European present. Her music transcends genre boundaries and captivates listeners in French, Arabic and English.
3 December: Win a copy of Perry Taylor’s latest book, Planète Gascogne
- 1 Escape to the Château: Dick and Angel Strawbridge return to screens for new series
- 2 Film Review: Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch
- 3 Who are the Kretz family members from Netflix’s The Parisian Agency?
- 4 What you need to know about France’s Covid-19 health pass system
- 5 Visit The Last Duel's French filming locations
- 6 Fibre optic France: countryside has faster internet access than many cities
- 7 French Property: 9 Vineyards for sale in France for every budget
- 8 A Year in Provence with Carol Drinkwater – the new Channel 5 series to enjoy this autumn
- 9 8 Instagram accounts all French learners should follow
- 10 5 French property articles you won’t want to miss
The Prize: A copy of Planète Gascogne (Planet Gascony)
If you’re not familiar with ‘Anglo-Gascon’ humorist Perry Taylor’s work, you’re in for a treat. Perry illustrates rural life in his adopted home with characteristic wit in his latest book, Planète Gascogne. A must-buy this Christmas for your Francophile friends longing for a much-missed taste of France, this hilarious read showcases Perry’s humorous takes on bucolic Gascon life and the characters, both human and animal, that you might encounter. Perry also makes a variety of charming giclée prints and greeting cards on the same theme.
The winner’s contact information will be shared with Perry Taylor for the purpose of prize distribution.
4 December: Win a bottle of top French red wine
The Prize: A bottle of Cap Royal 2018 Bordeaux Supérieur
Produced within the Bordeaux Supérieur appellation, this award winning Cap Royal Rouge is a classic Bordeaux blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet. Its production is overseen by one of Bordeaux’s most talented winemakers, who also makes the wine for Château Pichon Baron. Dry, with notes of oak and dark fruits, it makes the perfect pairing for beef. It’s also vegan-friendly!
The winner’s contact information will be shared with nickysmithpr for the purpose of prize distribution.
5 December: Win some French history and art books
The Prize: A copy of the Flammarion history book A Day at Château de Chantilly and a copy of Deyrolle: French Botanical Art (Frameables)
The gorgeous A Day at Château de Chantilly is a fascinating insight to life at this top French palace. Following in the footsteps of the Duke of Aumale, you’ll get to know this world-famous estate and its magnificent stables. The winner will also get a copy of Deyrolle: French Botanical Art, a beautifully illustrated collection of tear-out-and-frame posters reproduced from the archives of the Parisian institution.
6 December: Win a bottle of Gin d’Azur
The Prize: A bottle of Gin d’Azur, inspired by the south of France
Bring some French Riviera flair to your drinks tray with the gorgeous Gin d’Azur, inspired by the sunny south-east of France and distilled in Cognac. The tasty tipple is crammed with Provençal goodness including regional herbs like lavender, marjoram and rosemary, peel from the famous lemons of Menton and a soupçon of Camargue salt. One sip will transport you straight to the beaches of the Mediterranean.
The winner’s contact information will be shared with Gin d’Azur for the purpose of prize distribution.
7 December: Win some roasted almond pralines from Tariette
The Prize: A gift bag of roasted almond pralines from the south of France
A sweet sensation from Haute-Provence are these roasted almond pralines, complete with limited-edition Christmas box, from top UK-based French delicatessen Tariette. They’ve got a delicate, crunchy coating for a hit of sweetness, and they’re so moreish you won’t be able to have just one!
The winner’s contact information will be shared with Tariette for the purpose of prize distribution.
8 December: Win a hamper of goodies from St Pierre Bakery Group
The Prize: A French foodie hamper including baked treats and champagne
Let St Pierre treat you to a luxurious Christmas. Win our super chic hamper, with everything you need for a festive Parisian evening. Including a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a delicious cheese board, gold cutlery and a candleholder set, along with an array of magnifique St Pierre products – it’s a recipe for a wonderful winter’s night. Bonne chance!
The winner’s contact information will be shared with Saint Pierre for the purpose of prize distribution.
9 December: Win a copy of Anatomy of Style by Sophie Gachet
The Prize: One of five copies of Anatomy of Style from Flammarion
Former Elle fashion journalist Sophie Gachet is a French style maven and from her years of writing experience and front-row seats at fashion shows comes her new book, Anatomy of Style. Gachet unpacks the style of celebrities from Victoria Beckham to Rihanna and dissects iconic looks from history, including Madonna’s famous biker jacket. It’s a must-read for fashionistas everywhere.
10 December: Win two bottles of Abbotts & Delaunay Cumulo Nimbus Minervois 2017
The Prize: Two bottles of this top Minervois wine from The Oxford Wine Company
Made by widely respected winemakers, Badet Clément, in the Languedoc region of the south of France, this stylish Minervois is a blend of handpicked Syrah and Grenache grapes. An elegant, complex, velvety red with forest fruit flavours and spicey aromas perfect with a festive roast beef or cheeseboard.
11 December: Win a copy of the FRANCE Calendar 2021
The Prize: One of three copies of the FRANCE Calendar 2021
Take a trip through France with our beautiful calendar, produced by the FRANCE team. The FRANCE Calendar 2021 features 14 gorgeous, glossy photos of our favourite country, from its miles of coastline to bucolic countryside and everything in between. The calendar brings a much-needed injection of France to your home at a time when holidays across the Channel aren’t possible.
12 December: Win a copy of A Year at the Château by Dick and Angel Strawbridge
The Prize: One copy of A Year at the Château
There’s no underestimating the ‘Dick and Angel effect’ – the intrepid châtelains breathing life into their fairytale château have inspired people across the world to chase their dreams. Now you can read all about the Strawbridge family’s French adventures in their new book, A Year at the Château. Find out how Dick and Angel swapped their two-bed London flat for an abandoned Loire château. P.S. Don’t miss Day 22 of our advent calendar for another fabulous Escape to the Château treat!
13 December: Win two bottles of Languedoc wine
The Prize: One bottle of Domaine Jones Fitou and one bottle of Laurent Miquel Vendanges Nocturnes Viognier
Domaine Jones Fitou is a full-bodied, smooth and plummy red made with grapes harvested from 15 of expat Winemaker Katie Jone’s vineyards. The secret of Katie’s Fitou is definitely in the age of the vines – most of them are over 100 years old and bring freshness, depth and a beautiful texture to the wine. Laurent Miquel is a French vigneron specialised in the production of Viognier wines in the south of France. He picks his grapes during the night when cooler temperatures ensure the fruit is in top condition. Delicate perfumes of ripe apricot, pear and honeysuckle make the Vendanges Nocturnes Viognier an ideal wine for an aperitif.
The winner’s contact information will be shared with nickysmithpr for the purpose of prize distribution.
14 December: Win a copy of children’s book The Little Museum: A Children’s Mystery Adventure
The Prize: One of five copies of The Little Museum: A Children’s Mystery Adventure by Karen Beddow
Entertain your children this Christmas with the fantastic French travel adventure story The Little Museum by Karen Beddow. Perfect for boys and girls aged 8-11 years old, this fast-paced mystery joins intrepid young adventurers Lucy and Tom in their mission to find out why the Eiffel Tower has disappeared and much more.
15 December: Win a bottle of Henri Bardouin Pastis from Distilleries & Domaines de Provence
The Prize: A Henri Bardouin Pastis gift box
Distilleries & Domaines de Provence have been crafting amazing aperitifs and spirits for over a century, and Henri Bardouin Pastis is one of their iconic brands. A divine concoction of 65 herbs and spices, this pastis is made to a (top secret!) authentic recipe and will whisk you to the southern coast with every sip. The amazing flavours include hand-picked herbs from the hills of Provence, plus star anise from Vietnam, tonka beans from South America, cardamon from the Indian Ocean and much more.
The winner’s contact information will be shared with Distilleries & Domaines de Provence for the purpose of prize distribution.
16 December: Win a voucher for an online cooking class
The Prize: A €45 voucher towards an online cooking lesson with Cook’n With Class.
For over 13 years, Chef Eric Fraudeau and the Cook’n With Class team have run cooking classes from Uzés and Paris, and in 2020 have taken to zoom to share their culinary expertise in online classes. Whether you have a sweet tooth, love an apéro, or want to learn some traditional French dishes, there is a class for you.
The €45 voucher will cover a one-day bread class, Taste of France class or Mother Sauce class, or can be used as part payment towards another online Cook’n With Class session. The winner’s contact information will be shared with Cook’n With Class for the purpose of prize distribution. See entry form for further terms and conditions.
17 December: Win a copy of Carla Bruni’s new self-titled album
The Prize: One of three copies of Carla Bruni on CD
After the success of her debut, two million copies-selling album, Quelqu’un m’a dit, Carla Bruni’s brand new self-titled album is a treat for the ears. With its chanson-esque melodies and dreamy lyrics, it’s a playlist you’ll listen to over and over again.
18 December: Win a subscription to one of our French magazines
The Prize: A year’s subscription to either FRANCE Magazine or French Property News
Dreaming of a new life in France? In need of expert advice when it comes to property-hunting? Maybe you’re just a lover of all things French and can’t imagine anywhere you’d rather spend your holidays. Follow your passion with a 12-month subscription to your choice of our Complete France titles.
19 December: Win two bottles of Ormarine Conchylia Picpoul de Pinet
The Prize: Two bottles of Ormarine Conchylia Picpoul de Pinet (M&S)
This elegant white has bags of style, aromas of white flowers and passion fruit and a mouth-watering citrus zing making it seafood friendly and perfecting to accompany Christmas canapés. It’s made by the leading producer of Picpoul de Pinet, Ormarine, in vineyards on the shores of the Mediterranean in the Languedoc region.
20 December: Win a French picnic basket from Les Jardins de la Comtesse
The Prize: The Saint-Michel picnic basket for two people
This gorgeous picnic basket from Les Jardins de la Comtesse is a must-have accessory for day trips. Made from authentic wicker and with a jute fabric interior, it makes a stylish travel companion. It’s compact enough to fit on your bike or even a classic car! It comes complete with picnic crockery and cutlery for two: plates, cutlery, wine glasses, salt and pepper, corkscrew and a waterproof bag.
The winner’s contact information will be shared with Les Jardins de la Comtesse for the purpose of prize distribution.
21 December: Win a bundle of French-inspired cookbooks from Flammarion
The Prize: Win one copy each of Miss Maggie’s Kitchen: Relaxed French Entertaining by Héloïse Brion; Wild Recipes: Plant-based, Organic, Gluten-free by Emma Sawko; Enjoy: Recipes for Memorable Gatherings by Perla Servan-Schreiber; and Vegetables: Flexitarian Recipes and Techniques by Ferrandi Paris.
Now this is the ultimate 2020 French cookbook collection for any France-loving chefs wanting to add some Gallic flavour to their dinnertimes. Whether your diet is plant-based, vegetarian or gluten free, or if you’re looking to expand your dinner party repertoire, there’s a recipe book for you.
22 December: Win a personalised candle from The Château Personalised Christmas Collection
The Prize: A hand-engraved White Forest candle
Get your hands on some gorgeous Escape to the Château merchandise with this personalised candle. Its scent evokes the woodlands surrounding the château in winter, with notes of fresh pine, cedar and geranium. It can be personalised with an engraving by hand of your choosing. It’s the perfect way to bring a little château chic to your home.
The winner’s contact information will be shared with Bells and Whistles PR for the purpose of prize distribution.
23 December: Win an online French language course from French Truly
The Prize: A French Truly language course
Whether you’ve always dreamed of learning French or you’d love to further your skills, French Truly has the language course for you! Take your pick from her fabulous online French courses including French in 600 Words and Dictées, incorporating video, audio and written formats for an immersive learning experience. Check out the blog from French Truly’s founder Virginie, on all things French life and culture, and don’t miss her useful YouTube channel too.
The winner’s contact information will be shared with French Truly for the purpose of prize distribution.
24 December: Win a gift voucher towards a luxury barge cruise in France from French Waterways
The Prize: A £150 ($200) voucher towards a luxury French barge cruise
Imagine blue skies and warm sunny days as you explore the beauty of the French countryside from the waterways. Aboard your luxury barge you’ll wine and dine in Grand Cru style – and with COVID vaccines almost ready, and generous terms and conditions available, you can book your cruise with confidence. Here’s a £150 / $200 voucher with love from French Waterways to help you banish those winter blues and step aboard. Allons-y!
The winner’s contact information will be shared with French Waterways for the purpose of prize distribution.