Francophiles Celebrate February with SAACA and Valentine’s Day

Exploring and celebrating at the botanical gardens.

Exploring and celebrating at the botanical gardens.

Pat Floyd

The SaddleBrooke Francophiles celebrated February with two exciting and delicious events. On Feb. 8, we traveled to the Tucson Botanical Gardens to participate in the annual Southern Arizona Food and Wine Festival, sponsored by SAACA. Over 50 local wineries, breweries, distilleries, restaurant chefs, and food purveyors were located throughout the gardens. Art experiences, local musical groups, and all the exhibits within the gardens were fully accessible to all who attended. Fun was had by all.

On Feb. 15, the Francophiles celebrated Valentine’s Day by watching the Cannes Film Festival gold medal winner, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. They treated their palates to goodies, like fresh fruit and a variety of cakes, dipped in a chocolate fountain. “Merci beaucoup” to Art and Sharon Triester, who hosted this well-attended event.

The Francophiles will be celebrating Heritage Day on March 21. This event will highlight and feature dishes and recipes from the backgrounds of club members. In addition, members will be asked to write a brief description of their family’s heritage. The recipe and the description, along with the members’ photographs, will be featured in a small booklet to be given to each member as a memento. It will be very interesting to see what heritages our members have, in addition to being lovers of all things French.

The final event of our 2019-2020 season will be a French celebration, “Fête du Citron”, in which our members will be creating dishes that feature citrus. In addition, we will be having a scavenger hunt, which should prove to be interesting and lots of fun.

The planning committee is in the process of developing new ideas for events for the 2020-2021 season, which starts in September. If you would like more information about the SaddleBrooke Francophiles, please contact Pat Floyd, 520-825-2409.

Vive la France!