For two days in June, France will make a home in Wellington, with a festival of French food and drink hitting the city for the first time.
The aptly named French Festival has been organised by Edouard Le Goff to coincide with the All Blacks vs. France game to be held that weekend – screens will be set up so that punters can enjoy the game at the same time as the festival.
“I saw the Indian and Chinese communities doing their events, with thousands of people,” said Le Goff. “I thought we needed to do something big as well, and nobody had done it before in New Zealand.”
A successful debut in Auckland last year saw almost 15,000 people attending. The Wellington event will feature Le Marche Francais, Le Samourai, La Petite Waffle as well as enjoy food from Hippopotamus Restaurant and QT Museum Wellington by head chef Laurent Loudeac.