The City of Gastronomy and Wine in Dijon is preparing to welcome its first visitors on May 6, 2022. A highly anticipated opening that will appeal to lovers of good food and good wine.
What is the opening date of the International City of Gastronomy and Wine? This May 6, it will open its doors for the first time to visitors. A place expected for several years which should make us forget the failure of Lyon. On the program: exhibitions, tastings, cooking workshops and much more. Pack your bags, head to Dijon!
Telling the gastronomic meal of the French
The Cité de la Gastronomie project was born in 2010 thanks to the inclusion of the “gastronomic meal of the French” in the intangible heritage of Unesco. To materialize a little more this French particularity, it was decided to create a network of cities of gastronomy. The objective: raise awareness, promote and pass on the French gastronomic heritage. In 2013, Lyon, Dijon, Tours and Paris-Rungis were selected by the State to each host a city. That of Lyon opens in October 2019, but several factors including the covid-19 crisis force it to close seven months later.
After the failure of the City of Lyon, the opening of that of Dijon is particularly awaited. But the Dijon International City of Gastronomy and Wine (CIGV) has set the bar high and has chosen the Eiffage group to implement its ambitious 250 million investment project. Spread over 6.5 hectares, the Dijon CIGV takes place on the site of the former general hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu, and combines renovated historic buildings and contemporary constructions. This is where the Grands Crus route begins, an opportunity for the metropolis to further assert its winemaking ambitions. We may forget it, but in the Middle Ages, Dijon had many wine-growing villages in its south which have since obtained the UNESCO classification of the Climats of Burgundy.
What does the City of Gastronomy and Wine of Dijon consist of?
Deployed over 26,000m2, the Dijon CIGV includes many spaces for visiting, having fun and training. Something clear to children and adults alike. The city is divided into 7 parts:
- UN culture and training center which brings together the exhibition space, the Ferrandi Paris cooking school and the Burgundy wine school of the Burgundy Wines Interprofessional Office. You can thus discover the history of cooking there (the first temporary exhibition is devoted to pastry for example), and you alumni during workshops and tasting courses.
- From food shops including a gourmet library, two restaurants run by Éric Pras, emblematic chef of the Maison Lameloise, and the Cave de la Cité, a wine cellar offering thousands of references to taste.
- UN 4 star hotel from the brand Curio by Hilton
- UN movie theater composed of 9 rooms
- the village by ACa site that can accommodate a dozen start-ups.
- UN eco-neighborhood 500 new homes and residences for tourists, students and seniors.
- From rehabilitated housing.
“The largest cellar in Europe”
If the “traditional meal of the French” is amply put forward, the site also attaches great importance to wine. Three places are dedicated to it:
- To the Cellar of the City, visitors are invited to taste one of the 250 cuvées offered each day. On this space of more than 600 m2 of 3 levels are offered 3,000 references including 1,000 wines from the region. The ambition of the place: to becomethe largest wine cellar in Europe“ assures François Rebsamen, the mayor of Dijon.
- Among the three permanent exhibitions, “the Chapel of Climats and Terroirs“explore with the help of immersive projections, testimonials and interactives, the Climats of the Burgundy vineyards as well as the riches of the gastronomic heritage of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
- At last, Burgundy wine school offer beginners and amateurs fun tasting workshops. On the program: a visual, auditory and gustatory immersion to learn more about the diversity of wines and their pairings in the kitchen.
How much does it cost to go to the City of Gastronomy and Wine in Dijon?
The City of Gastronomy in Lyon had been criticized for its entry fee of 12 euros (without tasting), that of Dijon therefore offers different “packages” according to budgets.
- A “cultural spaces” ticket to access the exhibitions (9 euros for adults and 5 euros for children).
- A “first discovery” ticket at 13 euros to visit the various cultural spaces and taste two glasses of wine. An etched glass is offered.
- A “culture and initiation to tasting” ticket for 24 euros to access the exhibitions and participate in the tasting of 3 wines for 40 minutes.
- A “culture and flash cooking workshop” ticket for 24 euros to access the exhibitions and take part in a cooking workshop. Great chefs will teach you how to cook recipes such as poached eggs or a Grand Marnier soufflé.
- One-hour food and wine pairing workshops at 29 euros.
- Free workshops for children to discover products such as chocolate or mustard.
Enough to give visitors a great experience from the first visit.
What is the address of the City of gastronomy in Dijon?
The is located at 3 Rue du Faubourg Raines in Dijon. It opens its doors from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find all the practical information on the website of the place.