Fête des Vendanges: The Oktoberfest of Paris

People from all over the world flock to Paris in October to participate in the incredible Fête des Vendanges, a weekend of festivities celebrating the year’s wine harvest. If getting wine-drunk with fellow Europeans, stuffing your face with free samples of delicious French cheeses, sausages, and pastries, and enjoying one of Paris’ most artistic and beautiful neighborhoods in the moonlight sounds good to you, then you cannot miss the Fête des Vendanges in Montmartre.

Literally translated to “The Harvest Party,” the Fete des Vendages is essentially a convention of wine distributors from all over France. You can taste reds, whites, and rosés, buy bottles, or simply enjoy a glass while walking at the foot of the majestic Sacré-Cœur (or trying to, anyway: I’m not kidding when I say it’s the “Oktoberfest” of Paris, you can barely move without pushing).

You can also buy gourmet pastries, hot sandwiches, nougats, and other assorted French delicacies at the festival to satisfy your wine-drunk appetite to your heart’s content. Or, just take advantage of the plethora of free samples, like I did

Hot meat and cheese sandwiches–Paris Chic satisfaction guaranteed.

Hot meat and cheese sandwiches–Paris Chic satisfaction guaranteed.

The Harvest Party takes places over an entire weekend in October, and normally includes music and fireworks at the foot of the Sacré-Cœur on Saturday night.

Looking to impress your friends with your knowledge of the coolest festivals in Paris? Take them to the Fête des Vendanges and get a little wine-happy on this year’s harvest.