Tuesday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom · In English
Le Festival de la Francophonie / FrenchWorldFest goes virtual this year… so you can enjoy food, culture and films from around the world from the comfort of your maison!
For those who will miss the Kick-Off evening, we offer FrancoFun Food demonstrations throughout the month of March given by our friends from Belgium, Canada, France, Quebec, Martinique, Switzerland and Vietnam. Cook along with them and stay to ask questions about the customs and cuisines of each country!
Join us for a tour des Alliances hosted live by rapper Webster on Saturday March 20th, Journée internationale de la francophonie — and don’t forget to check the special film selection offered by Matt Jackson, your Sunday Ciné-Club host!
BELGIQUE : The waffles, or Galettes de Mons.
Our friends les Belges tell you how to pull off this popular dish with a live demonstration by Cheffe Muriel Libert from her own kitchen. Muriel has been the waffle maker for the Kick Off for many years, so she is a pro de la galette... She will tell you the secret trick to make this delicious Belgian pastry… while keeping your kitchen clean!
Stay after the demonstration and ask the team from la Belgique about anything you always wanted to know about beer, monarchy, and Tintin… and how it is possible to speak three languages in such a small country!
With Stephano Smars, Trade Commissioner for Wallonia (Belgium) Export-Investment Agency in Chicago, Karine Nguyen, Cultural Counselor for Wallonie-Bruxelles International in New York, Paul Van Halteren, Honorary Consul of Belgium in Chicago and Cheffe Muriel Libert.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration: 2 hours or more
Cook time: 30 minutes
Equipment: A large bowl, a mixer, a wooden spoon, waffle iron, teaspoon, fork!
NB: You can buy a waffle iron on Amazon Smile to support the Alliance Française de Chicago!
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups flour
2 sticks salted butter
Vanilla or almond extract (optional)
Melt the butter. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla or almond extract for a few minutes to obtain a smooth mixture. Add the melted butter, and finish with the flour. Place the dough in the fridge for a few hours until firm.
Baking: Preheat the waffle iron. Scoop out a table spoon of dough for each waffle and bake in the waffle iron for a few minutes, until lightly brown.
Bon appétit! Smakelijk!
This program is possible thanks to the Wallonia Export-Investment Agency in in Chicago (AWEX).
What is la Francophonie?
La Francophonie is a concept which was born of an understanding and appreciation of the fact that, owing to history, the French language is spoken by 300 million people across 5 continents. It is a celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity, promoting democracy, human rights and peace. The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) is the entity which embodies the values of la Francophonie, seeking to promote the French language, francophone culture, as well as developing economic cooperations among its 88 member states and governments.
The Alliance Française de Chicago shares this mission; as a French-speaking organization, we seek to engage as many individuals as possible with the French language and cultures of francophone nations.
La Francophonie est née de la compréhension et de l'appréciation du fait que la langue française est parlée par 300 millions de personnes sur les 5 continents. C'est une célébration de la diversité linguistique et culturelle, qui fait la promotion de la démocratie, des droits de l'homme et de la paix.
L'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) est l'entité qui incarne les valeurs de la Francophonie, cherchant à promouvoir la langue française, la culture francophone, ainsi qu'à développer les coopérations économiques entre ses 88 États et gouvernements membres.
L'Alliance française de Chicago partage cette mission ; en tant qu'organisation francophone, nous cherchons à faire participer le plus grand nombre possible de personnes à la langue française et aux cultures des nations francophones.
Check out our FrancoFun Food demonstrations, our Sunday Ciné-Club, and our tour du monde hosted live by rapper Webster on Saturday March 20th, Journée internationale de la Francophonie!