French Canadian cultural traditions and cuisine will make for a fun weekend for the whole family at L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo’s annual Maple Sugar Festival this weekend at Beban Park. (News Bulletin file photo)

Francophone festivities in Nanaimo this weekend

French Canadian culture and cuisine highlight Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable

Anyone with a sweet tooth will want to head over to Beban Park this coming weekend for L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo’s annual Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable.

The festival runs Friday to Sunday, Feb. 28 to March 1, and promises fun for the whole family with live music throughout the weekend, a marketplace, traditional French Canadian cuisine, taffy on snow, and more.

The weekend kicks off with the Dinner in Plaid and an evening of dancing to live performances by Buzz Cuivres, Les Rats D’Swompe and local artists La Familia.

Saturday and Sunday feature more live performances, children’s activities and entertainment in the Kid’s Corner by children’s entertainer Isabelle la Wonderful, face painting by Magical Faces and balloon artist Ziggy Twister.

Doors open Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday’s entertainment is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday’s entertainment is from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Festival admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youths, and free for kids 12 and under.

To learn more about the weekend’s entertainment, activities and dinner, lunch and breakfast menus, visit
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