Something is very right with the world when you find yourself in Paris in Spring. When the sky is pure blue and despite it only being ten days into March and the outside temperature is 20 degrees and you are in Paris to look at cakes, then the world is more than just right !
This was my first visit to Europain and it wont be my last. One of the largest gatherings of bakers, patissieres, chocolatiers and confectioners in the world and with hundreds of exhibitors this is the place to be. If you cannot be enthused by the sheer size, passion and diversity of this remarkable show then you cannot be enthused by anything !
Personally I had several suppliers and equipment manufacturers to see and all of them were so accommodating, enthusiastic and inspiring. One can only respect the immense style and organisation of the French. When it comes to food there are few nations that come close. When it comes to patisserie the French are 'past masters'. Here at Europain were many who are at the top of their profession and like in any walk of life one can only stand back and admire such craftsmanship and excellence.
Europain is a 5 day event situated at the Parc de Exposition, Villepinte in Paris Nord. It is very much similar to the NEC in Birmingham but seemingly on a much larger scale with many exhibition halls.
Many of the 'new wave' patisserie techniques which I have written about before and the results of those techniques were on display here in profusion. Also it was extremely interesting for an artisan patissiere like myself to have a look at the enormous machines that the industrial bakers use with the bowls of the mixing machines, for example, at least the size of a small car !
Europain was a 'shot in the arm' of pure patisserie heaven and in the coming days I will expand further and post more photographs of this wonderful event. Enjoy !!