If you love fine dining, then you’ll love Lyon. This vibrant French city has everything you could possibly wish for, from sumptuous local specialties to exclusive gourmet restaurants. It also offers a whole host of exciting gastronomic events – including trade fairs, culinary competitions, tasting sessions, team-building workshops, and the unmissable Biennale festival.
With brilliant young chefs and world-renowned Bocuse and ‘bouchon’ restaurants, Lyon is a unique hotbed of culinary talent. But you don’t have to eat at gourmet restaurants to enjoy the city’s delicious regional produce and traditional dishes. When it comes to food and drink, Lyon is second to none.
Sirha, Bocuse d'Or and the Biennale
The same applies to the city’s gastronomic events. Everyone who is anyone in the world of gastronomy goes to the Sirha trade fair. The Bocuse d’Or is just one of the city’s many prestigious culinary competitions. Then there’s the extraordinary Biennale Internationale du Goût (BIG) festival – a program of mouth-watering culinary events across the whole city, which takes place every two years.
A city dedicated to gastronomy
Nevertheless, Lyon is not resting on its laurels. There’s an exciting new project in the pipeline, which is scheduled for completion in 2019: the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie. This new home of food and drink will be in the Grand Hôtel-Dieu. This stunning building dates back to the 12th century and offers 3600 square meters (4,306 square yards) of floor space. Different areas will be used for different purposes, including demonstrations, training, research, and a variety of cultural events for professionals and amateurs alike.
Reach for the stars
You will also find in the Part Dieu neighborhood the Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon in the famous Tour Crayon – Pencil tower, easily recognizable from afar. Completely refurbished and located in the city center, the tallest hotel in Europe boasts 245 rooms with a breathtaking view of the city and the Alps. For your meetings and events, the high-rise hotel features 11 meeting rooms, 2 conference rooms, and a beautiful restaurant that can accommodate up to 350 guests while still offering an impressive panoramic view. In fact, check out the 24H live view for yourself!
Opportunities for companies to get involved
In the meantime, corporate groups will have no shortage of options to choose from in Lyon. We’re not just talking about fantastic restaurants, such as la Mère Brazier, l’Auberge de l’Ile barbe, Têtedoie, Pierre Orsi, or Marguerite. You will also find a whole range of enticing opportunities to sample local delicacies and discover local talent. You can visit the Halles de Lyon - Paul Bocuse covered market, enjoy a wide variety of tasting sessions, or discover all the gastronomic attractions in the city’s historic center. There are even chef-led cooking workshops, in which all the participants have to work as a team and prepare a delicious dinner. These workshops give you a rare opportunity to learn how to cook from an expert in the field.