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Open Day is Crepe Day at Alliance Française d'Adelaïde

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by Natalie Jensen (subscribe)
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A taste of France with your choice of irresistible topping
There is something irresistibly delicious happening at Alliance Française d'Adelaïde from 4pm-8pm on Friday, 30th January. The French community extends this invitation to prepare for an exciting year of events, French language classes, and the consumption of your choice of sweet and/or savoury crêpes. Free entry will get you a welcoming drink and access to some delectable treats from Adelaide's Food trailer, La Crêperie selling a wonderful assortment of crêpes for $7 each. Open Day is La Chandeleur (Crepe Day).

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La Crêperie food trailer will delight with golden morsels of sunshiny goodness

It's been said that the crêpe, with its shape and colour reminds us of the sun. For my family, the crêpe reminds us it's the weekend! Our end-of-week ritual is a huge pile of crepes spread with jam, syrup or nutella. I look forward to La Crêperie cooking some for me! The origin of Candlemas - La Chandeleur - in France is that 40 days after Christmas, people commemorate the Presentation of Jesus to the Temple, as described in the Bible. Candles are lit at midnight symbolising purification. The church considers the blessing of the candles a way to repel evil, and to remind all of Christ's light. In France, February also marks the mid-point between winter and spring when flour is plentiful with no risk of shortage, so an abundance of crêpes could be consumed. This was a sign of plenty, of prosperity. Today young and old alike view La Chandeleur as Crepes Day, continuing the traditions and customs that surround the making of this popular dish. And this is good news for us. I, for one, shall embrace this particular custom with the enthusiasm of a ravenous Parisienne. Strawberries and cream anyone?

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Crepes - round and golden like the springtime sun, drizzled with sweet goodness.

Rumour has it that La Chandeleur is also a time of fortune telling. You can try this at home, and please share with us your success stories, as I will mine. Make yourself a good crêpe batter, and pour into your crêpe pan. Hold a coin in your writing hand, and when the crêpe is ready, pick up the pan in the opposite hand. Flip the crêpe into the air, and if you successfully catch the crêpe in your pan, your family will be prosperous for the whole year. I couldn't find information as to what happens if you fail to catch the crêpe in the pan but no matter. Prosperity my elusive friend, I have you in my sight.

la chandeleur crepe flipping fortune telling tradition
Flipping is a fine art. Only the most skilled flipping will prosper.

Come meet the Alliance Française team. This is an event for the whole family. There will also be a movie screening for children at 4:30pm. Friday, January 30th will be a great opportunity to discuss French language with Alliance Française d'Adelaïde's teachers, and if you enrol on Open Day, there is a 5% discount on classes. Come have a 'taste' of what France is really about.

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Why? French culture, learning, enjoyment of food
When: 4pm-8pm Friday, January 30th 2014
Phone: 8272-4281
Where: Alliance Française d'Adelaïde
Cost: Free entry; $7 crepes
Your Comment
Interesting to hear the background behind La Chandeleur and crepes.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4057) 1416 days ago
I guess we never stop learning new things and about new cultures
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1415 days ago
I agree Jenny and Steve. I love hearing the origins of special dates. My mother is Ukrainian, and the traditions from her culture are very dear to me. I love to hear about symbolism, and to understand different traditions. I still haven't tried the crepe flipping challenge. I keep thinking, "are we allowed to have a couple of practice runs first?" ha ha!
by Natalie Jensen (score: 1|88) 1414 days ago
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