Brussels, 21 January 2019
Many friends of foie gras, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from producing and consuming countries as well as representatives of the European Commission, celebrated on 16 January 2019 this delicacy which is part of the European gastronomic heritage. The traditional cocktail of the Circle of Foie Gras Friends was, for the first time, organised in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Celebrating foie gras does not only mean honouring a product, but also highlighting the art of eating well and enjoying a meal in conviviality.
Eurotoques Chef Stéphane Turillon delighted the taste buds and the eyes of some 70 guests with his appetizers and the culinary show that he offered by preparing live a “tournedos de magret de canard.”
"The Circle of Foie Gras Friends is both a convivial moment around excellent products but also an event to discuss the challenges of the sector. It is important to recall that this sector is sustainable and respectful of the quality of the products. It is therefore our duty to preserve it.” stated French MEP Franck Proust, host of the cocktail and
member of the Circle since its creation.
This year, the Circle had the honour of welcoming two MEPs from Spain and Slovakia as new members as well as to thank again the MEPs who are already members for their presence and faithful support. Two MEPs, Marc Tarabella (Belgium) and Csaba Sógor (Romania), were awarded with the Golden Palm. This is a distinction and a mark
of recognition from the producers and all the actors of the sector for their support to the European production of foie gras.
This fifth and last edition of the Circle for this legislature had a particular flavour owing to the European elections of May 2019. “Unfortunately, many of you may not be part of the next composition. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours and hope that the defence of foie gras will remain close to their heart. But we hope that a large number of foie gras friends and advocates of European agriculture will be elected on the occasion of these elections.” said Christophe Barrailh, President of Euro Foie Gras.
This event proved again that foie gras is a symbol of quality, proximity and conviviality.> Back to the frontpage