A Creole-style village staffed by French chefs preparing multicultural food from the French Island of La Reunion, will be one of the gastronomic highlights of the French Festival held this 13 and 14 November in the gardens of Carrick Hill.
La Reunion in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa will be focus region for the Alliance Francaise’s seventh annual French Festival.
With strong backing from the region the 2010 Festival is planning one of the biggest delegations of musicians, dancers and visual artists that the Festival has ever presented. La Reunion is now directly accessible to Australians with the recent introduction of direct Air Austral flights to the island from Sydney and on to Paris.
Recently a delegation of six French officials from La Reunion Island visited Adelaide to help set up the basis for the Festival and create new links with South Australia in the fields of education, tourism, business and culture.
The delegation, comprising Mr. Jean Francois Sita, Vice President of the region, and representatives from French cultural, tourism, political and business arenas met with key South Australians including the Governor of South Australia, representatives from The University of Adelaide, TAFE, Office of the Premier, WOMAD, Events SA, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Tandanya, the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Tourism SA.
Alliance Francaise Director Philippe Marse said the La Reunion delegation was particularly pleased by the warm welcome of South Australians and is looking forward to coming back in November. Future partnerships between key state institutions and the region are also being discussed.