Event manager Aliénor Courtois, says the festival looks set to attract about 10,000 people and will have 37 stalls, about 20 of them food and beverage related. New Caledonia Tourism and Boutique Tour NZ are involved but Courtois says she would like more involvement from tourism and travel related companies who promote and sell France and French regions and territories. ‘We definitely see the festival growing and we would like it to be an annual event. We will start organising the second one straight after the weekend, if any travel agents or tour operators want to be involved they should contact me.’
Travel to support French event
With the first edition of Le French Festival to be held in Auckland on Saturday, New Zealand’s travel industry is already being urged to get behind next year’s celebration of all things France. The brainchild of Edouard Le Goff, co-managing director of Le Chef in Vulcan Lane, Auckland; Le French Festival involves a market during the day on 26 August and a sold out dinner for 500 that night.