And at Chantilly, you will have the musical nights or Nuit Musicale with 80 concerts of classical music in open air, an equestrian show , fireworks all in one night. This is at the Domaine de Chantilly on June 22 2013.
You will see presentations of La Truite from Schubert, Wedding Cake from Saint- Saëns or the Casse-Noisette from Tchaïkovsky, the best gastronomy brought in by the area best traiteur to help you along the musical notes!!!.
The time 18h to 23h admission 38€ (access to the park and concerts), 68€ (access to the park, concerts and 3 plats dish choices to taste/eat), and 200€ (access VIP). It is FREE for the under 12 yrs old. Purchast tickets in advance at FNAC stores here
and from the beautiful castle site as well,
The story of Francois Vatel is connected with the Chateau de Chantilly, in April 1671 Louis XIV came to the chateau for a three day visit. He was the greatest chef in France at the time (perhaps the 1st celebrity chef?) and he had to feed Louis and his entourage of some 5,000 people with little notice. Vatel is said to have committed suicide by running himself through with a sword after, among many mishaps, the fish course was late. The French certainly do take their cuisine quite seriously!
It seems that all things that we visited in the region were somehow connected, Vatel was well known for also serving the feast for the inauguration of Nicolas Fouquet's Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte in 1661 when Fouquet was arrested.
There is a movie made of this story, Vatel, with Gérard Depardieu playing the role of Vatel. It portrayed a slightly different theory as to the reason behind his suicide although the fish did make an appearance in the movie. And I'm guessing that Uma Thurman's character was thrown in to have an underlying love story. Part of the movie was filmed at Chantilly but most of the main shots of the chateau appeared to be Vaux le Vicomte