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Bus deal will make travel to French Fest a breeze


Special bus deal will make travel to French Fest a breeze

People keen to experience the magic of French Fest will find it has just become easier to make the scenic trip to Akaroa.

On Saturday 11 October  a bus will leave Christchurch for Akaroa at 9.30am and return at 5.30pm, giving people the chance to sit back and enjoy the journey across to the main day of French Fest highlights. This will cost only $20 per person return with a family ticket costing $75, a significant saving on the original fares. The family ticket  includes two adults and two children under 15.

Free car parking will also be available in the Tuam Street car park and the bus will leave from the St Asaph Street end of the car park. Tickets can be ordered through Red bus on 3794 260 and to save even more time, can be paid for over the phone.

French Fest Events Manager Mark Hadlow says “We are delighted that Red Bus is offering such a fantastic deal. It means people will not have to worry about driving and parking in Akaroa, and will have plenty of time to take in all the fun activities throughout  the day. It will add to the experience as people travelling by bus will have a chance to relax and even to sample the great wines on offer.’’

For  those people not taking the bus trip, parking will be available in the Akaroa School grounds for $5. Proceeds will go to the school.

Mr Hadlow says the line-up for the festival has been finalised and the wide variety of entertainment will offer something for everyone. Many of the events are free, he says.


Friday 10 October 2008

6.45pm  Assembly of official representatives for commencement of Official Flag-raising and Opening of French Fest 2008.
Representatives will consist of the Mayor of Christchurch Bob Parker, the French Ambassador to New Zealand, Monsieur Michel Legras, Ship’s Company of the French Naval vessel La Moqueuse, Onuku Marae, the New Zealand Army Band, the Flag Colour Party from the New Zealand Army Engineers.

Saturday 11 October 2008 – Le Jour du Marché

11am    Performance by the New Zealand Army Band on the Recreation Ground (free)
11am    French Cooking Masterclass in The Gaiety – featuring Phillip Kraal, Tina Duncan and Tony Smith ($15, tickets at Recreation Ground Box Office or limited cash door sales)

11am – 5pm      Le Continental Grande Top Entertainment for the whole family – featuring a grande finale by all the performers at 4.30 pm (children under 12 free, adults $10, all day entry)

11am – 3.30pm   Le Continental Petite Top Entertainment specially for children (children $5, all day entry, adults free)

11am – 4pm      Top New Zealand street performers through Akaroa village (free)
11.45 pm        Re-enactment of the 1840 Landing in Akaroa of the vessel Compte de Paris – beachfront (free)
12 pm   Onuku Hangi raised – traditional local Maori cuisine
12.10pm (approx)        Street Parade from the Landing site to the Recreation Ground, featuring the New Zealand Army Band, descendents of the Compte de Paris, and Akaroa residents – all welcome to join the parade

1pm     French Ambassador’s Cooking Masterclass in The Gaiety – featuring the French Ambassador to New Zealand, Monsieur Michel Legras and his personal chef, Veronique Sauzeau ($15, tickets at Recreation Ground Box Office or limited cash door sales)

1pm – 3pm       Children’s games on the Recreation Ground (except during French Waiters Race heats)
1.30pm  French Waiters Race (HEATS) on the Recreation Ground, hosted by theMotley Deux – all welcome (limited registrations at Information tent)

3pm     French Cooking Masterclass in The Gaiety – featuring Phillip Kraal, Tina Duncan and Tony Smith ($15, tickets at Recreation Ground Box Office or limited cash door sales - repeat of 11 am Masterclass)

3.30pm  French Waiters Race (FINAL) along the beachfront Landing site – hosted by the Motley Deux
4.30 -  5pm     Grande Finale in Le Continental Grande Top on the Recreation Ground (children under 12 free, adults $10 or free with all-day Grande Top pass)

6.30 pm – 10pm  “Sortir dans le Modèle” - Stepping Out in Style at the French Fest Celebration.
        Come dance the night away with the Akaroa community in Le Continental Grande Top.
        Music features 17-piece band “Level 3” performing classics from the 60s, 70s and 80s – all welcome. Please no BYO – the Akaroa School Bar offers refreshments and gourmet burgers.

        Dress code: tidy casual or dress up if you wish!

Stig Eldred will sing and play piano accordion along Beach Road and the Recreation Ground

Mickey’s Happy Train will run along Beach Rd to the Recreation Ground, providing free rides all day.

Children’s  rides on the Recreation Ground

Market and food stalls on the Recreation Ground

The Great Snail Race on the Recreation Ground



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