La Fête du Pain takes place all over France each May, the week before May 16th, which is the Saint’s day of St. Honoré, the patron saint of bakers. He became bishop of Amiens in the 6th century & is the patron saint of bakers. Legend has it that a miracle involving a bakers peel taking root and growing a fruit tree took place there. His death is celebrated in hopes of ensuring a good wheat harvest. Chefs gathered here to demonstrate their techniques and share their creations with the public.
While I was walking to see Notre Dame cathedral, I happened upon this festival which takes place directly in front of the cathedral. I was caught quite unawares, not realizing it was going on, and just thrilled to be able to experience it.
There is a cake in honor of this saint, the St. Honoré cake which reminds me of the famous Paris Brest pastry. I will have to try that recipe! The exhibit had all kinds of breads and pastries being made and demonstrated. I saw a chef slicing apples in such neat little slices, so I determined I would buy one of his creations and taste it. Superb!