Qu'est-ce que c'est?
The Festival of the kings is a festival in France where people prepare a pie and it has a bean/trinket in it. The person who eats the piece with the trinket becomes king or queen for the day and wears the crown that surrounds the cake.
It's a tradition for celebrating Epiphany - the arrival of the wise men.
Fêtes des Rois 2018 details
Fêtes des Rois was held on Sunday 7th Jan at Julie and Mark Eagle's place in Havelock North.
Thanks to Julie, our President, for being kind enough to offer hosting the event at her home and to Moïse Cerson, French pâtissier and baker for judging.
Report from Julie:
A family-friendly activity for an afternoon with lunch, an activity and... galettes des rois"
The Fete des Rois was a great success with about 26 people attending. We enjoyed a delicious shared lunch with cider and of course devoured the gallettes after judging There were 8 entries for the Galette competition and Moise Cerson our local French baker from Yabon judged the galettes. He took his job very seriously, judging on appearance, taste texture and authenticity. Moise commented that it had been difficult to judge because they were all good and it was a close competition Julianna Husheer won the best for appearance and Julie Eagle won best overall. All the entries showed great care and research had obviously gone into how to make the "vrai" galette The Fete des Rois is the celebration of the day that the three kings arrive at Bethlehem to visit Jesus which is 12 days after Christmas on the 6th January. All over France the boulangeries make galettes during the month of January. The recipe is a Pithiviers and actually originated in a small town called Pithiviers in Orleans France sometime in the 1890s. It is a puff pastry pie filled with almond cream. Our very special thanks to Moise for taking the time to do the judging so carefully." A bientot Julie "
Making a GALETTE DES ROIS
to be confirmed
2018 was at Julie's place
2017 was at Ngatarawa Stables.