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"We want so badly to be able to show others what this is all about, this part of French Canadian culture."What: Kelowna Maple Fest
"We're going to have an exhibition on the history of French heritage in the valley," said Lanthier Brun, as well as a video project created by the two francophone schools in the Okanagan.
By boiling the maple syrup to the point where it's thick, then spreading it over snow, you get a tasty taffy that is next to impossible to forget.
The fun will continue Saturday night inside the Laurel Packinghouse with the Kelowna Maple Fest Concert and Dance. Live music by the internationally known Quebec gypsy jazz trio, The Lost Fingers.
For more than 30 years, the French Cultural Centre in has held some sort of event to celebrate this occasion, but this year, for the first time, it's turning it into an official festival: Kelowna Maple Fest.
It's estimated only two per cent of Kelowna's population is francophone, but thankfully you don't have to be French to enjoy this inaugural Maple Fest.
You might just find some authentic French pea soup for sale along with the much coveted maple taffy, she added.
While the event will be free of charge, make sure to bring along some cash for the food and vendor booths.
"When the maple sap starts flowing, people would go out to the farms and farmers would set up a traditional meal with entertainment," Omega Seamaster Automatic 08 388 Price
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Come on down to the sugar shack
she said, adding that he one thing kids anticipated the most was getting to eat maple taffy.
Kelowna Maple Fest will get under way on Saturday and run for two days.
There will be lots of vendors and performers on site, along with several activities for kids to participate in.
Sunday morning, it's time to feast as the festival continues back at the Laurel Packinghouse with a big Maple Easter Brunch. You can expect to find plates filled with all traditional French Canadian food such as maple soaked ham, baked beans sweetened with maple syrup, scrambled eggs, and fresh flipped pancakes you can drench in even more maple syrup. and costs $10 for adults, $7 for kids. Advance tickets for the brunch are also available at the French Cultural Centre and Mosaic Books.
at the French Cultural Centre or from Mosaic Books.
"It's also the first time we're bringing it downtown," said Lanthier Brun. "We really wanted to make it more visible this year and the Cultural District was just the right place to do it."
"It will get people bopping their heads for sure," laughed, Lanthier Brun. "It will be an all ages event, ending with music by DJ Eric Lenger and C'est Extra Kelowna."
"There will be plenty of traditional French Canadian food such as poutine and crepes," said Lanthier Brun.
the Rotary Arts Centre," said Lanthier Brun. "It's a nice way to recreate the sugar shack."
Inside the Rotary Centre for the Arts, you'll find exhibits that include the unveiling of the mural soon to be painted onto the Bernard Avenue side of the French Cultural Building. You'll also find information booths and educational displays.
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