The Jakarta Post
In Indonesia, the 2019 Goût de France food festival will be held in six cities, namely Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Bali and Manado, featuring 60 eateries. (Shutterstock/Fabio Berti )
The annual food festival Goût de France (Good France) is slated to return on March 21.
As a global event, Goût de France is held to commemorate French cuisine being included on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2010.
In Indonesia, this year’s event will be held in six cities, namely Jakarta; Bandung, West Java; Yogyakarta, Surabaya, East Java; Bali and Manado, North Sulawesi, featuring 60 eateries, including Paul Bakery & Patisserie, Blue Terrace at Ayana MidPlaza hotel in Central Jakarta, Pardon My French, Bistro Baron, Emilie and more.
French Ambassador to Indonesia Jean-Charles Berthonnet said during a press conference on Tuesday that the number of participants had increased tremendously since 10 restaurants participated in the inaugural event in 2015.
In regard to this year’s theme, Berthonnet said that the event would highlight sustainable gastronomy.
“The agriculture and food industries are responsible for 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse emissions,” said Berthonnet.
He added that the growing population meant more people needed to be fed, making sustainable agriculture and food systems even more important.
Berthonnet shared that the French government had been particularly active in this issue and had made efforts to address it by developing agroecology tourism and taking ground-breaking measures to curve food waste.
In line with the theme, the 2019 Goût de France will also support the No More Plastic Foundation, an organization that aims to foster public awareness about plastic pollution and advocate for alternatives to single use plastics.
In addition to promoting sustainable gastronomy, the upcoming event will also highlight Provence, a region in southeastern France.
One of the participating eateries, the Lyon restaurant at Mandarin Oriental hotel in Central Jakarta, will serve dishes inspired by the region, such as bouillabaisse, a fish stew originating from Marseille, and daube Provencal, a traditional beef stew from Provence.
Atout France ASEAN marketing and event coordinator Winnalia Lim said, “It’s very exciting for us to feature Provence as the highlighted region in this year’s Goût de France as Provence is very rich in gastronomy.” (wng)