Babette de Rozières to promote France’s overseas territories, departments and French-speaking countries

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Babette de Rozières is one the most famous cooks in France. Also known as a TV show host, she is the founder of the “SAGASDOM”, i.e. French overseas food trade show, that will celebrate its fifth year. It will be held in Paris Porte de Versailles from January 31st to February 2nd 2020. It is the opportunity to discover the cultural wealth of the French overseas territories and departments with gastronomy as the main attraction and Guadeloupe as the guest of honor. The French-speaking countries will also be part of this event which is very likely to warm people’s heart in the middle of the winter.

The exhibition appeared to face obstacles at the beginning. Politicians and companies didn’t believe in Babette’s project and she had to double her efforts to impose it. Today, she can be proud. There is no denying how successful the show proved to be with about 54,000 visitors in 2018. Although surprising, the French mainland people sometimes know very little about the overseas cultures. Moreover, in Paris, about 200,000 people among come from Overseas France. These only assessments justify the social interest of such a fair.

The finest Creole cuisine can be found at the SAGASDOM. Year after year, it gains a better reputation to such an extent that a full pavilion will be soon dedicated to overseas products at the International Rungis Market, Babette de Rozières happily announces during a press conference. She seizes the moment to thank her numerous sponsors including Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, the Semmaris, company in charge of the Rungis market’s administration, its CEO, Stéphane Layani and Dominique Loiseau, the late three-Michelin-starred chef Bernard Loiseau’s wife.

130 exhibitors are expected to attend the event. Famous French cooks will also make the trip and take part in the “Babette’s tournament”, a food contest which puts the stress on the promising young professionals. Beyond the tasting appeal, visitors will also enjoy fashion shows with genuine fruit dresses, Creole dances, concerts and debates on nutrition and the oceans. A rare chance in Paris – children will also be invited to learn how to cook Creole food with chefs!

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