If you need an excuse to hop across the Channel from the U.K. or make a side trip from Paris, then try the Calais Wine and Food Fair. In its 7th year, it's now a big event, taking over the whole town.
Le Salon des Vignerons et de la Gastronomie is held at the Forum Gambetta in the town center. Over three glorious gourmet days you can try French food, from foie gras to frogs legs, from traditional Savoyarde dishes like Tartiflette and Raclette to the classic tarte Tatin.
And you can learn as well at cooking demonstrations given by Mathieu Colin, the young chef who's given up Ducasse and Paris to return to Calais and Le Grand Bleu restaurant.
Wash it all down with wines from over 60 producers who will pitch up at Calais to showcase their products. They come from Alsace, Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, the Jura, the Loire Valley, Provence, Touraine and Savoie. You get a tasting glass with your entrance ticket and then journey through France on a wine tour.
In Calais itself, the hotels and restaurants are offering special good value rates and packages. See the Rediscover Calais Website.
Or you might take advantage of some offers of an extra night in a hotel for free, and go shopping for more wine and food.
It's easy just to jump onto a ferry, and if you go with P&O on a special weekend break, your ticket gives you complimentary access to the Fair and complimentary aperitifs in some restaurants.
23 Boulevard Léon Gambetta
Open Mar 8th 2-7pm
Mar 9th 10am-7.30pm
Mar 10th 10am-6.30pm
Entrance Fee 3 euros including free tasting glass.
Cooking demonstrations are on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 6pm.