Good France to be marked, 8 restaurants offering special French cuisines in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Mar. 7:  Some eight restaurants in Kathmandu are set to offer special French cuisines on March 21 evening to celebrate Good France, a unique global gastronomical event to be held on five continents in over 150 countries, including Nepal.

This global event will see about 5,000 chefs making a “French dinner” with a local twist on the same evening, Mar 21, with one common objective: celebrate responsible French gastronomy with greater concern for the environment with the help of local talent and products, French ambassador to Nepal, François Xavier Leger, said at a press conference organized on Thursday at his residence.

Goût de France / Good France is a unique global gastronomical event held on 5 continents in over 150 countries which has entered its fifth consecutive year. 

French Ambassador to Nepal, François Xavier Leger (front, center), stands for a group photo with representatives from different restaurants participating in Good France event in Kathmandu, following the press conference at his residence, Mar. 7, 2019.

“As a Frenchman, it gives me immense pleasure to see the importance being given to developing a food culture and being innovative.  I have found that Nepal and France share common values when it comes to gastronomy. Like in France, Nepal also believes in shared meals, in the friendly atmosphere, and use of local organic products,” Ambassador Leger said talking about gastronomical values that are common in both Nepal and France.

Ambassador Leger also expressed his belief that the gastronomical partners participating in Good France events in Kathmandu will spread the message of a new Nepal: a young, dynamic, vibrant country that is open to the outside.

The Philosophy Restaurant at Silver Mountain School Of Hotel Management, Pauline's Garden restaurant, Olive Garden restaurant at Radisson Hotel Kathmandu, La Terrace restaurant at Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education, Garden Terrace restaurant at Crowne Plaza Kathmandu-Soaltee, The Chimney Restaurant at Hotel Yak and Yeti,    The Old House restaurant in Durbar Marg and Vino Bistro in Lazimpat will showcase special French cuisines to mark the Good France events.

The French gastronomy has been listed as the UNESCO's intangible heritage. French gastronomy has been celebrated by Nepali restaurants since 2016.

Nepal and France are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

France has the ambition to welcome 100 million tourists in 2020 and the development of tourism by valorising the French cuisine is expected to play a major role in our attractiveness, the French ambassador said.

Good France event was initiated in 2015 by the then French minister for foreign affairs, Laurent Fabius, whose objective was to create an event that would celebrate one of the greatest French heritage, the French gastronomy. The French ambassador said there has seen a significant increase in the number of participating countries and restaurants each year ever since. 

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