French Pavilion at Gulfood 2014

From the 23rd to the 27th February 2014, Gulfood - the world's biggest annual food and hospitality show is on to showcase the best and the biggest brands from around the world.

My friend and co-blogger Grace extended the invite from the French Trade Commission - UBIFRANCE to visit Gulfood. We visited the French Pavilion yesterday, which is actually divided into two - Food & Drink located at Sheikh Saeed Halls and Food Service & Catering Equipment located in Zabeel Hall.

Concentrating on the Food & Drink pavilion, we have seen, discovered and tasted some of the best products from France starting from organic juices, dairy and nondairy products, chocolates, milkshakes, frozen food and pastries, honey, mustard, sauces and vinaigrette's.

Let me give you a sneak peek of the French Pavilion Food & Drink. Some of the products are already available in Dubai market while some have high potential to enter the market that may fill the gap.

Pure Soda - a product of La Compagnie des Boissons Biologiques
A range of slightly carbonated soft drinks made from organic fruit juice and cane sugar with 4 flavors - orange, lemon, strawberry and grapefruit. Claiming as 100% natural and certified organic, you can offer this refreshing soda to your kids in replacement of other fizzy drinks.

Monbana - is an expert in chocolate drinks (aka- milkshakes) and leader in coffee accompaniment products.

The monsieur here prepared for us a lovely, uber tasty chocolate milkshake

Andros is a family owned multinational food company with four main know how's in fruit processing, dairy products, confectionery and frozen desserts and in one international brand : Bonne Maman.

This young Mr. from Indonesia is an expert mixologist and he prepared for us two different lychee drink, light and very refreshing, he blended it with basil herb and orange zest

Moving on, do you know that your favorite French macarons are available in frozen form? Yes you heard that right.

Tipiak Traiture Patissier - specializes in French culinary specialties, frozen and ready to use, for food service, retailers and caterers offers sweet finger food pastries like macarons and mini eclairs.

Pomone - is a family owned business specialized in frozen pastry - traditional french pastries

This insanely mouthwatering chocolate cake here was popped into the microwave oven for 40 seconds and was ready for serving. I remember baking something like this and it took me couple of hours in the kitchen.

Eurial Group offers a wide range of dairy products for French and export markets including goat and cow cheeses, pizza cheeses (including mozzarella) IQF cheeses, cream, butter and organic products Some of the strongest brands include Merci Chef, Maestrella and Soignon.They are constantly developing new products and solutions adapted to specific needs of consumers, caterers and food industry.

We get to taste this garlic and herbs and honey flavoured goat cheeses (spreadable type) and a brand of Merci Chef. Its perfect especially the honey flavor which I am sure my kids will love. Really tasty.

Naturalim France Miel and Miel et Miels belongs to an organization called Franche-Comte Conseil regional. They offers excellent, noble pure honey.

Grace and I tasted about 6 different flavors of honey and they are all natural made from different type of flowers where the bees take the sap starting from acacia which is the most common, lavender, spruce, champagne flowers, carrot, lemon, and rosemary.

Other products in the Franche-Comte stand are cheeses, oils and vinaigrette

Maille or Link International for mustard are also at the pavilion. I love their grainy mustard, I use it as marinade for meat and seafood recipes and for salad dressing. They have a legacy of 84 superb mustard and 120 vinegars.

Lastly Delifrance ME  specializes on rustic bread and crispy pastry made from flour and French noble ingredients.

Yes I know I said sneak peek but this has become a bit longish post. Any how you have seen it here already. all you have to do is to see it for yourself. Gulfood is until tomorrow, 27th February so if you are planning to go please don't forget to visit the French Pavilion at Sheikh Saeed Halls. It is advisable to take the metro and stop at Trade Center Metro Station, bringing your car will just stuck you in heavy traffic.

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.

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