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Festival international des Poivres 2024



In 2024, Rochecorbon will once again become the pepper capital of the world.



What is the Festival International des Poivres ?

Erwann de Kerros explains it all!


Why create the Festival International des Poivres

Terre Exotique's mission since its creation has been to help as many people as possible discover the origins, cultures, specificities and uses of the world's peppers and berries. The festival is a natural extension of this approach. This event reveals the universal dimension of pepper and offers a new experience in an authentic spirit, combining knowledge sharing, encounters and multi-sensory experiences!


Who is the festival for?

Open to all! The festival is free and open to all. Young and old, the curious and food-lovers, onlookers and tourists are all welcome. We want this event to be popular, joyful and enriching.

2024 marks the 3rd edition of the International Festival of Peppers. What can we expect?

The Festival International des Poivres 2024 will offer an open-ended stroll through different worlds, in the botanical setting of the banks of the Loire. Once again this year, the festival village will be organized around the Terre Exotique gallery - home to the entire Terre Exotique collection. For the first time, the festival will extend its opening hours to Saturday evening, after the stands and the Galerie have closed, to offer the public an evening in the land of peppers!





Discover the different worlds of the Festival


In the heart of the botanical setting of Rochecorbon, nestled on the banks of the Loire, the Festival International des Poivres invites you to wander freely, exploring a variety of captivating worlds.





The producers' village


The cornerstone of Terre Exotique's history, our producer friends are the source of all our adventures.

Come and meet 12 pepper and spice producers from the 4 corners of the globe, and discover their know-how and share a little of their culture and history with you.

Madagascar, Cameroon, Egypt, Tasmania, Congo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Costa Rica, India, Brazil...





Culinary encounters


Immerse yourself in the kitchen, to the rhythm of culinary demonstrations! For 2 days, one chefafter another will be putting pepper in the spotlight, on the plate. Cooking, patisserie, mixology... the possibilities are endless!





Schedule for Saturday, June 29, 2024:


Opening hours Chefs Producers Imposed spices Establishments
10 a.m. Francisco Agostinho Dr Thomas (India) Poivre de Tellichery Restaurant Audace
12 p.m. Frédéric Suter Purnima Malakar (Nepal) Baie timur Créative food by Fred
1 p.m. Camille Pigot & Christophe Quantin Mélanie & Jean-Baptiste Magis
(Basque Country)
Piment d’Espelette Les maisons Marcon / MOF 1994
2:30 p.m. Jérome le Minier & Stéphane Jakic Mima (Madagascar) Poivre voatsiperifery Chef du Sénat & formateur / MOF 2004
4 p.m. Christophe Hay Ly Hay (Cambodia) Poivre de Kampot Fleur de Loire

5:30 p.m.

Lina Zilevice Régis Peurey & Enrique (Costa Rica) Poivre blanc du Costa Rica Toli Namai






Opening hours Chefs Producers Imposed spices Establishments
10 a.m. Ambroise Voreux Nhi Trinh (Vietnam) Baie Ma Khaen Cabane à matelot
11:30 a.m. Nicolas Aubry Terefe (Ethiopia) Poivre Timiz Ezia
2 p.m. Ronan Kervarrec Lucien Favre (Congo) Poivre de la Likouala La saison Saint Gregoire
3 p.m. Franck Breton   Vadouvan Les Arpents
4:30 p.m. Thierry Nerisson René-Claude Metomo (Cameroon) Poivre blanc de Penja Lycée Notre Dame de la Riche




The conferences


Pepper is as universal as it is fascinating! Come and hear what our speakers have to say, as they take turns exploring the many fascinating facets of the king of spices.Botany, history, gastronomy, exploration, agriculture, know-how... you'll discover so many beautiful stories written around pepper !




Schedule for Saturday, June 29, 2024:


Opening hours Speakers Expertise  Themes
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Erwann de Kerros & Charles-Edouard O’Quin Terre Exotique founders and management Terre Exotique: the source of peppers, seeds and other wild follicles.
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Michel Vergé-Franceschi Naval historian Surcouf, the end of the privateer world.
2 - 2:45 p.m. Michel Balard Medieval historian History of spices in the Middle Ages.
3:15 - 4 p.m. Michel Chauvet Botanist The history of pepper names across languages
4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Hirac Gurden Neuroscientist specializing in the chemical senses Smell and taste, the brain in action.
5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Ly Hay Producer The story of IGP Kampot, a Cambodian success story.


Schedule for Sunday, June 30, 2024:


Opening hours Speakers Expertise Themes
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Lucien Favre Producer Pepper: Likouala's economic and social engine - Immerse yourself in Congo's primary forest, and discover Likouala pepper.
11:45 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Jean-Marc Montegottero Artisan oil-maker One fruit, one oil. Perpetuate the production of virgin oils from dried fruits and oilseeds.
2 - 2:45 p.m. Baptiste Cochereau Artisan chocolatier Cocoa: from bean to bar.
3:15 - 4 p.m. Lola Tobelem Food writer and journalist Dictée gourmande: come and take part in Lola Tobelem's gourmet dictation!
5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Nicolas Viollet Artisan confectioner La confiserie artisanale : sauvegarde d’un héritage familial.




The gourmet market and dining room


A place for living and sharing, the festival's dining room and gourmet market are the place to be!
Stroll down the aisles of the gourmet market and meet the artisans of taste. Visit local winemakers to discover their work and taste their vintages. Then sit down in the dining room to sample dishes prepared by our chefs and discover the flavors of the world!


À travers le monde


Limitation des déchets





The workshops


L'École des Poivres will be on hand at the festival to offer a fun introduction to pepper tasting! Learn all you need to know, and leave with a diploma as a pipérologue!

Talk to the team behind the ÉOLE program - transporting spices by sail - and find out how Terre Exotique is initiating the development of a gentle, environmentally-friendly mode of transport for its spices.

Other workshops on gourmet products (cocoa, syrups, teas)... something for everyone!

The festival will also be punctuated by poetic interludes by artists throughout the weekend!


À travers le monde


Limitation des déchets





Festival philosophy and commitment


À travers le monde

The Festival International des Poivres focuses on pepper and spices from around the world. The event is also an opportunity to highlight the initiatives of producers, taste artisans, enthusiasts and scholars, whose work feeds Terre Exotique's mission: to connect civilizations & gastronomy.

Limitation des déchets

The festival is an eco-friendly event. Particular attention is paid to limiting waste. Soft mobility is encouraged and facilitated for the public (provision of bicycle parking, public transport to and from the site).


This event is finally made possible thanks to the trust and support of numerous local partners who help Terre Exotique put on this unique festival.


Relive the previous edition



How do I get there?


Free admission - Open to all - Catering on site


Terre Exotique Gallery
60 quai de la Loire 37210 ROCHECORBON (just outside Tours)




Train en route pour Montparnasse

1 hour by train from Paris Montparnasse

Taxi en attente

10 min by cab from Tours or Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station

Piéton sur le chemin

1 h20 on foot from Tours' Saint-Gatien cathedral, along the riverside paths of the Loire.

Vélo garé près de la cathédrale

A 20-minute bike ride from Tours' Saint-Gatien cathedral

Place de parking disponible

Free on-site parking

Book your dates, get your taste buds ready, and join us for a memorable weekend in Rochecorbon. Pepper awaits you for an unforgettable taste experience !
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