MPG2019 ?


Martine Vassal
President of the Bouches-du-Rhône Area Council
President of the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolitan Area

One of the prides and joys of Provence, gastronomy is both a symbol of our regional identity and  wonderful invitation to head out and explore this stunning area.Founded on an alliance of land, sea and traditional know-how handed down, reinvented and modernized over generations, Provence’s gastronomy is a precious heritage we are committed to preserving and promoting.The Bouches-du-Rhône has decided to place Provence’s culinary wealth at the heart of its tourism policy with a new, far-reaching event entitled “MPG2019 Gastronomy Year”.

From March to December, the Bouches-du-Rhône’s towns and villages will be hosting a plethora of both prestigious and popular events, honouring the traditional flavours, recipes and produce of our local farmers and wine growers.

This new, collective adventure, associating talent, passion and creativity, aims to shine the spotlight on Made in Provence produce and bring our destination to the attention of visitors and holidaymakers seeking quality and authenticity.

We are welcoming an increasing number of tourists every year, attracted by our climate, lifestyle and festive and gastronomic traditions – an enthusiasm that has fostered a united effort to bring our many exciting, future-oriented projects to life.



“MPG2019” is an apt illustration of a new era.

The first event of its kind in France, its success relies on our ability to work hand in hand.

By uniting around the gastronomy theme – as in 2017 for sport and 2018 for culture – we aim to harness both the small and large assets of Provence to continue our forward march and ensure our area becomes ever more notorious and attractive.

“MPG2019” is also a major financial and logistic commitment, designed to develop, enhance and sustain the vitality of our sunny culture.

Last but not least, it is an opportunity to spur the growth of both national and international economic networks around Provence, by promoting our assets, potential and living heritage.

Together, let’s ensure 2019 is a capital year for Provence’s gastronomy!



MPG2019 will be celebrating the culinary know-how and lifestyle of the Bouches-du-Rhône area with a year-long focus on our world-famed gastronomic cuisine, from producers all the way to the plate.

MPG2019 is a whole year of festivities, encounters with chefs, gourmet markets, picnics with a view, exhibitions, festivals and urban vegetable gardens… In short, a not-to-be-missed gastronomic voyage through the Bouches-du-Rhône area.

What is it?

MPG2019 is a year-long celebration open to all, inviting people to discover and take part in discovering the culinary talents, know-how and produce that make Provence’s gastronomy unique.

When is it?

MPG2019 is scheduled from March to December 2019, with a packed gourmet events programme paying tribute to Provence’s gastronomy.

Where is it?

MPG2019’s plethora of festive, artistic and other culinary events will be taking place throughout the Bouches-du-Rhône area.





The Bouches-du-Rhône Area Council has appointed Provence Tourisme to steer MPG2019.

Thanks to the exceptional quality of our produce – the fruit of both inland Provence and the Mediterranean Sea -, gastronomy is now one of our top economic sectors and a major asset in seducing new visitors and prompting them to return again and again.

Gastronomy and wine tourism have already been the focus of various campaigns and promotional initiatives led by Provence Tourisme.


All of the Bouches-du-Rhône’s towns are hosting new events or reshaping their traditional gastronomic events for “MPG2019”.

In addition, the Area Council is naturally contributing its expertise in the gastronomy sector.

Private stakeholders will also be taking part in the event with a variety of unique creations selected via calls for projects.

Last but not least, our gastronomy professionals are fully committed to the event and will be playing a major role this year.



Gérald Passedat  triple star-winning Chef of the restaurant “Le Petit Nice”

Valérie Levéziel  Coordinator of “Good France”

Julia Csergo Food Historian & Scientific Manager of the “Gastronomic Meal of the French” UNESCO World Heritage project

Jean-François Chougnet President of the Mucem

Boris Pétric  Anthropologist, Research Manager at the CNRS, wine specialist

Fatema Hal Ethnologist and Chef

René Bergès Chef at the “Villa des Chefs”

Anne Garabedian Food Critic

Christine Laurent Administrator and Columnist for “Reporterre”, gardener and writer

Pierre Psaltis  Food Critic

Patrick Bonhomme Marine Manager for the “Parc National des Calanques”

Jean Michel Turc Provencal Language & Culture Professor



The patron of MPG2019
is Chef Gérald Passedat
from "Le Petit Nice"
in Marseille,
crowned with
three Michelin stars.

Yummy! Yum! Yum!

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