March 20, 2014
by Natalie Appleton
With all the poutine, crepes and maple taffy you can stuff into your mouth, Kelowna Maplefest is certainly a delicious taste of Québec, but the ever popular cultural event held near Kelowna hotels is also a feast for the ears and the spirit.
For the last 35 years, Kelowna’s Francophone community has been celebrating its food, music and art through Maplefest. This year, on March 29 and 30, Le Centre Culturel Francophone de l'Okanagan, presents yet another amazing array of treats, artists and activities.
They say you can judge a person by what they eat and how they feed one another. If that’s true, Francophones couldn’t be sweeter!
On the sweet, maple end of Maplefest, you’ll find maple taffy, maple cotton candy, maple churros and maple-flavoured tarts.
If you’re more of a savoury snacker, keep your fork. There’s also pea soup, poutine (featuring squeaky cheese and hot gravy), tacos, the must-have French crepes, and pickle chips.
You’ll find all of this mouth-watering food at the Maplefest main area outside the Rotary Centre for the Arts, just a short walk or drive from many Kelowna hotels.
Your mouth as well as your ears will be glad you came to Maplefest, where you’ll have the chance to see a range of traditional and multi-cultural artists perform.
Fans of the TV show The Voice won’t want to miss Quebec crooner Henrik Lajoie. Three-times world champion hoop dancer Alex Wells of the Lil’Wat Nation also promises a mesmerizing performance. A handful of other performers will step up to the main stage throughout the day, which is free to watch.
The Saturday shows climax with an intimate performance by Canada’s beloved and talented Jann Arden at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
Maplefest is a chance to see and hear some of the best of Québec but also experience it for yourself. A range of multicultural activities are being held throughout the day, including drawing and percussion demonstrations, an art exhibition, balloons by Ziggy the clown and face painting.
The fun doesn’t end on Saturday! Maplefest continues through Sunday with a brunch and music at the Laurel Packinghouse, and a screening of the family movie Louis Cyr at the Centre Culturel Francophone.
Our Kelowna hotel can’t think of a better way to end the weekend or March break! (For more activities, read our post: Your Ticket to March Break Fun.)
The 35th annual Maplefest runs March 29 and 30 at a handful of downtown Kelowna locations. The main Saturday events are free and kick off at 10 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. outside the Rotary Centre for the Arts.
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