From October 18 to October 21, 2013 the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris will transform into an oasis of organic agriculture. This is thanks to the ‘Long Live Nature’ (‘Vivez Nature’) expo that has been organized in the large exhibition hall.
This event is for anyone who wants to discover healthy and natural products from various regions in France. From organic gastronomy to cosmetics to consumer goods such as office supplies and jewelry, this expo shows you all the products available to those who want to be more sustainable consumers. Even kids can do their part for the environment by playing with organic or sustainable toys.
The artisans and manufacturers who are showing off their products during this event come from both France and other countries around the world. In addition to seeing different products, visitors can also participate in workshops and conferences intended to educated audiences on questions of nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
Several free activities (included in the price of a ticket to the expo) are also planned. These include conferences held in the hall’s amphitheater, workshops, and special spaces dedicated to themes like babies and relaxation. Tickets cost just 5 euros and are free for children under 12 years of age.
For guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg, this event provides an excellent chance to discover the historical exhibition hall La Grande Halle de la Villette. This space was constructed in the mid-1800s as a complex encompassing three marketplaces. Only one of these historic buildings remains — the Grands Halle — and it has been named a French National Heritage Site. After a major renovation led at the insistence of the then-president François Mitterrand this heritage site reopened in 1985. It should therefore be on the itinerary of visitors to Paris who are interested in history.