A French wine festival in Kampala

France remains world’s number producer of wine, with some 4.6 billion litres in 2014, and wine occupies a central place in the French gastronomy which was listed on UNESCO’s intangible heritage in 2010.

Some 800 guests thronged the Kabira Country Club in Kampala on Wednesday 9th December for a colourful evening of Beaujolais nouveau party, organized by the French and Francophone companies in Uganda.

The Beaujolais Nouveau is the first French wine of the year brewed from the Southern region of Bourgogne. It is tasted from the third week of November before being released on the market. Originally, Beaujolais Nouveau was a time for the wine growers to congratulate themselves on a work well done. In the same spirit, the companies decided to share this evening of celebration with their employees and local partners.

France remains world’s number producer of wine, with some 4.6 billion litres in 2014, and wine occupies a central place in the French gastronomy which was listed on UNESCO’s intangible heritage in 2010.

This year’s Beaujolais Nouveau celebration was however somber in France and around the world following the terrorist attacks that hit Paris a month ago, killing many people. By organizing this fête, France demonstrated its resilience and determination against an attack on its culture and values.

The Ambassador of France to Uganda, Sophie Makame said in her remarks that the November 13 dramatic events did not only target France as a country but also French’s way of living and living together. The French resistance in the face of these barbaric acts, she added, was symbolized in the Paris motto, “Fluctuat nec mergitur” or “tossed by the waves, but does not sink.”

To sum up the spirit of the celebration and the feeling of the French people in regard to the November attacks, the French Ambassador quoted the following words said by a young French lady during the Beaujolais Nouveau festival in Paris:

“We are a little undisciplined, we are a little irritating, we like to do want we want, and they killed that!”

Wishing the guests a wonderful evening, Mrs. Makame thanked the host of this successful event and sponsors that included: AGS, Bolloré AfricaLogistics, Le Bougainviller, Brussels Airlines, Camusat, Renault, Gras Savoye, Hima Cement, Intek travel, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Newrest, Ogas, Sogea-Satom, Total, Veolia Water, IGN, Le château, Jovago.com

Dernière modification : 04/05/2016

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