Get a taste of France this weekend

Indo-French festival kicks off on Friday; Tourism Department expecting footfalls from abroad and city

Published - August 07, 2017 10:07 pm IST - Puducherry

PUDUCHERRY, 07/08/2017: "A Bite of France', a celebration  of French culture is happening this week. Photo: Special Arrangement

PUDUCHERRY, 07/08/2017: "A Bite of France', a celebration of French culture is happening this week. Photo: Special Arrangement

What is the French quintessence? One would be tempted to fall back on the idiom ‘Je ne sais quoi’ (or that intangible thing that defies the language of expression) to even attempt to convey the gist of a three-day festival that touts to be a celebration of “authentic French culture and traditions”.

‘A Bite of France’,” gets under way in the city on August 11 and goes on till 13.

An initiative by Tablo Noir, a design and identity studio in Chennai, in association with Puducherry Tourism, the event is billed as “a unique, avant-garde Indo-French food festival that will showcase the essence of Puducherry through food, art, dance and music.”

The event is happening at a space on the Rock Beach, the Sinnaya Gardens which is being designed to replicate the streets of France.

The festival has been timed to coincide with the holiday season in France (the Tourism Department is expecting French tourists). Organisers are also looking for a good number of footfalls from French residents in this former enclave, as well as regular tourists heading this way for the long Independence Day weekend.

Backed by a host of sponsors, the event looks to showcase the best of Indo-French, Vietnamese and Creole cuisine.

Art and entertainment

However, it is not just about the gourmet experience with pavilions for art, shopping and entertainment.

Music is also on the menu. A host of rock bands and DJs will belt eclectic music. One of the headline acts will be by Tambours Sacres, a professional music, dance and culture team from Reunion Islands, France.

According to organisers, this band of 11 international artists will showcase a blend of French and Indian culture through music and dance.

Tickets are online at BookMyShow.

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