30th Anniversary 2023 Beaujolais Festival
at Ballantyne Resort
Members, friends, and wine enthusiasts alike gathered at the beautiful Ballantyne Resort for the 30th-anniversary of the Beaujolais Festival. This annual celebration, held on November 17th, marked not only a celebration of the iconic Beaujolais Nouveau wine but also a successful fundraising event for our Alliance Française. With an array of activities, delectable treats, and a generous spirit, the festival unfolded as a resounding success!
Guests were treated to delightful treats curated to complement the star of the evening – Beaujolais Nouveau. The Cheese platters, featuring an exquisite selection of cheeses, fruits, and spreads, provided the perfect accompaniment to the fruity and vibrant notes of the newly released wine. The indulgence continued with decadent desserts from Renaissance Patisserie, offering a sweet conclusion to a night of celebration.
Adding a touch of playful competition to the festivities, the French trivia hosted by Corinne was a highlight of the evening. Attendees tested their knowledge of French culture, food, and language in three engaging rounds. The stakes were high, with the winners of each round earning the enviable prize of a bottle of wine to take home.
The distinguished guest of honor at the 30th Anniversary 2023 Beaujolais Festival was none other than Meryem Sekkate, Program Officer of Educational Affairs for the Consulate General of France in Atlanta. We were very fortunate to have Meryem join us and for the Consulate General to support our event.
The pièce de résistance of the 30th Anniversary 2023 Beaujolais Festival was undoubtedly the auction, which contributed significantly to the fundraising efforts. Attendees had the opportunity to bid on an enticing array of items, ranging from a dreamy 10-day stay in the romantic city of Paris to breathtaking artwork and coveted gift cards to local restaurants.
All proceeds from the Beaujolais Festival will go to support French education and cultural events here in Charlotte. For thirty years, the Alliance Française has gathered to celebrate the Nouveau Beaujolais and 2023 was another rousing success!
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