What I recommend
I recommend buying your entry ticket on line to avoid additional waiting outside at the ticket window. Food purchase credits are made by a card (one credit equals one euro). Only the taste credit card is accepted for the chef menus and beverages. A Taste of Paris banker is outside selling credits, but the numerous lines inside at the “Banque” move quickly to purchase your card (credit card only, no cash purchases at the Banque). The two Banques are located on each side of the entry doors. Pick up the hard copy official guide at the door. Inside the guide book menus are shown in English and French.
Kids can play too!
If you want to join in the Electrolux cooking classes (in French), go early and register for a time at the Electrolux stand for the Théâtre des Chefs. Check the Théâtre des Chefs’ page for the instructor/chef and times for the kiddie cooking classes as well. There are demonstration sessions and hands-on cooking sessions.
A good way to start and other hints
Some of the free tastings include caviar, apple juice, Martini products, foie gras, cheese, etc. One of the first fooding spots when you enter is the République Dominicaine (DR). We finally visited this stand mid-way through, and it was a yummy tasting stand: fresh fried plantains, a tiny dish of avocado slice, white rice, red beans and DR chicken, a fruit juice and DR rum. Cost: free for the tasting.
To the left of the entry are the large hotels; otherwise the chefs are scattered around the event. Chef menus are posted at each of the stands.
Battery charging stations are located in various locations. Operated and locked with a fingerprint ID, deposit a “jeton” (fake coin), which are found at the coat check (“vestiaire”) under the “Vin” balloon.
For the next event
If you were quick and bought the “Gourmet” pass on line, pick up your card immediately upon entering the nave of the Grand Palais. The entry price is included and you receive 35 euros of credit. This reservation sold out quickly. It just means you can “hit the floor running” and not stand in line at the Banque”.
Taste festivals are held around the world. The Paris Taste was held in May 2015 and February 2016. The Electrolux Theatre des Chefs representative said Paris will most likely move back to a May event. You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter or sign up for their newsletter for the latest information. Get ready and have fun!
Le festival des chefs au Grand Palais (Taste of Paris)
11 – 14 February 2016
Grand Palais, Nef
For open times go to the Paris.Tastefestival.com website
GRAND PALAIS, GALERIES NATIONALES
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
Metro : lines 1, 9, 13 / Stations : Franklin-D.-Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau
RER : lines C / Stations : Invalides
Bus : lines 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93