14th Annual French Fest – March 10 – March 13, 2011

A Celebration of Francophone Culture in Victoria BC

I was perusing the website at http://www.francocentre.com/ reading about the events for this year’s Festival de la francophonie de Victoria… Google kindly offered to translate the page to English for me, but fortunately, I still remember my French from all those many years of French immersion.

And three words popped out at me: “cabane a sucre”… they call it “sugar shack” in English, but, oh, that just does NOT do it justice. When I was a little girl in elementary school, they boiled up some maple syrup and poured it over fresh snow and we rolled that up on some popsicle sticks and THAT was cabane a sucre. And I cannot explain how good it is. If you haven’t had it, you just don’t know and there really are not words to explain it. It’s like trying to describe chocolate to someone who has not had it. Sigh.

Anyhow, I’m sure the entire festival will be wonderful, but they had me at “cabane a sucre”. I don’t really see how I can stay away. Yum!

Below is a more full description of all of the events that will be happening.

Thursday, March 10th, 2011 – Sunday, March 13th, 2011
The Victoria Francophone Society is proud to present its 14th annual French Fest. This year, the festival offers a complete program including a comedy night, live performances, traditional francophone food, visual arts, and more! Come discover the talent and multicultural flavours of our local francophonie!


Thursday, March 10th

• Guided tours of the military base (in French)
• Inauguration of the Gérald-et-Henriette-Moreau theater and a wine and cheese tasting, followed by a stand up comedy show with Parisian humorist Cathy Chabot

Friday, March 11th (Da Vinci Centre)

• School day with Jordan Hanson and his workshop The Swamp
• Dinner and Live Music including a buffet representing traditional dishes from different francophone communities around the world

Saturday, March 12th at the Event Centre
• Art exhibition showcasing work of diverse francophone artisans
• French Bistro

Saturday evening at Camosun College’s Gibson Auditorium (Lansdowne Campus)

• Show featuring the Singer-Storyteller-Slammer Mathieu Lippé, gold medalist in the 6th Francophone Games in Lebanon

Saturday and Sunday, March 12th and 13th at Centennial Square
• Kids Zone with face painting, balloon animals, bouncing castles
• A special visit from Daisy the Cow and Vicki the Farmer
• Beer Garden
• Francophone treats; poutine, maple taffy, Belgium waffles, etc.
• Music performances
• Guided tours of our local Francophone History of downtown Victoria
• Networking of different local and provincial Francophone Associations

Sunday, March 13th at Centennial Square
• French Mass at St-Jean-Baptiste Parish followed by a Sugar Shack Brunch and traditional French Canadian music

Over the years, the French Fest has managed to occupy a prominent place in the heart of Francophones and Francophiles of Greater Victoria. In 2010, more than 6,500 people participated in the festivities! More than ever in today’s economy, the Francophone Society of Victoria believes in the importance of getting together and contributing to the sustainability of different ethnic French-speaking communities of Victoria.

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  1. Being new to the area, could you please e-mail me addresses & locations for “Centenniel Centre, St-Jean-Baptiste Parish, and other locations for 14th Annual French Festival .

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