Introduction : The hangover left by the French settlers, the Tamil connection and the influence of Rishi Aurobindo, works together on the cultural map of Pondicherry to see the flowering of a plethora of fairs and festivals of all shapes, size, color and faith, in the horizon of Pondicherry. The French Food Festival is yet another manifestation of the French hangover somewhat carefully and consciously preserved in Pondicherry. Activities : The "Gourmet" is the French Food Festival arranged by the Tourist Department to celebrate the French cuisine introduced in the kitchens of Pondicherry. The French Food Festival takes place usually at a hotel of repute. The visitors can indulge into as much of French cuisine as they want. The food festival is particularly popular among tourists both foreign and inbound. However, given the acceleration of popularity that the food festival has attained, it does not limit itself so very strictly to French cuisine alone. What you now get at this festival is a mouth watering assortment of a host of continental delicacies, not just French. French cuisine has made a place among the connoisseurs around the world not only for its taste and variety, but also invariably for the aesthetics that goes into it. French cuisine has set itself a class apart from its counterparts because of its garnishing carefully and tastefully chosen to make a feast of every food for the eyes long before it reaches the taste buds. The French goodies, especially those from the oven are have mesmerized and fattened foodies since long. And the French food fest at Pondicherry is hardly an exception.
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