What to do in October

What to do in October

Check out our guide to what’s on this autumn in France


Film stars, directors and over 30,000 movie buffs are expected to descend on the Breton seaside town of Dinard for the 26th British Film Festival. The event, which will take place from 30 September to 4 October, will feature a diverse range of films starring iconic British actors such as Charlotte Rampling – long-time France resident – and James Nesbitt, which will be screened in different venues across the town. www.festivaldufilm-dinard.com


Located in the capital of Burgundy, a region renowned for its food and wine, Dijon is an apt setting for the Foire Internationale et Gastronomique at the Parc des Expositions. More than 200,000 visitors are expected at this year’s event, from 30 October to 11 November, when nearly 600 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest trends in a variety of sectors including food and drink and artisan crafts. Wine-tasting and cookery demonstrations are among the attractions.

Tel: (Fr) 3 80 77 39 00



One of the world’s largest events dedicated to chocolate returns to the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris from 28 October–1 November. Visitors can sample the latest flavours, attend cookery demonstrations and watch a show combining the talents of fashion designers and chocolatiers. New for 2015 is a competition devoted to the art of chocolate. www.salonduchocolat.fr


Celebrate the grape harvest in the picturesque Mediterranean port of Banyuls-sur-mer which is renowned for producing excellent dessert wines. The Fête des Vendanges will be held from 7 to 11 October and will see traditional fishing boats unload the harvest directly on the beach after which visitors help to pick the vines and crush the grapes to make the wine. Other events include a tasty seafood barbecue, market selling local products, concerts and a special vendanges ball.

Tel: (Fr) 4 68 88 31 58


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