Mark your calendars. There are several exciting events just around the corner for any food lovers in Paris.
First, thanks to @ParisHeather for translating the information about a chocolate event (Noel Gourmand) at the Galleries Lafayette next Thursday, November 12 from 5-9pm. If you are planning to go, I'd say go early. As soon as people get out of work, expect large crowds.
The second edition of the salon Papilles en Fête takes place at the Grand Halle de la Villette. Over 250 exhibitors and 100 chefs will be proposing cooking classes.
Where: La Villette (pdf)
When: 13 - 16 November
Cost: 5 euros
Next up, the Salon of the Golden Rooster - or Le Salon des Coqs d'Or 2009. From around France, Spain and elsewhere, small, niche producers will be promoting their products. This appears to be a "best of the best" type event.
Where: Pullman Paris Rive Gauche (ex-Sofitel), 8-12 rue Louis Armand, 15eme, M: Balard
When: 28 November 10am - 7pm, 29 November 10am - 6pm
Cost: 6 euros (under 12 free) reduction here
The list of exhibitors provides many links to the individual exhibitors so if you can't make it, you can always check them out online.
If heading out to the 15th isn't your cup of tea, you could always do something different and check out the Swedish Christmas market at the Eglise Suédoise. Smoked and marinated salmon of course, but how about a little reindeer?
Where: 9, rue Médéric, 75017, M: Courcelles
When: 27 - 29 November, Friday 11am - 8pm, Saturday 11am - 7pm, Sunday 12 - 6pm
Finally, one of the big ones -- the Salon de Saveurs -- is just around the corner. This bi-annual food fest takes place at the Espace Champerret in the 17eme. This is a great opportunity to stock up on loads of presents for the holidays.
Where: Espace Champerret, M: Porte de Champerret
When: 4 - 7 December, Friday 10am - 10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am - 8pm, Monday 10am - 7pm
Cost: 8 euros (free entry coupons in Saveur magazine)
* for all these types of events, if you hang out a bit by the entrance, there is always someone giving away free passes