REPORTING · 3rd March 2014
There were 50-60 people at Riverlodge for a Maple Syrup Brunch on Saturday, February 22nd put on by Association des Francophones et Francophiles du Nord-Ouest. The band, Jack Cook and Friends with a variety of music.
“We’ve returned our Winterfest Brunch to Kitimat with a traditional Francophone Brunch with real maple syrup, the pancakes, the poached eggs, the Tourtière, and Tarte au sucre, the sugar pie for desert. We’ve brought in some live entertainment for some Francophone style music,” said Patrick Witwicki.
The food was most certainly delicious. Following the brunch, and because it was their first year back, they served the maple toffee on snow. Overwaitea Foods donated more than 50% of the food which was served.
Mayor Joanne Monaghan was on hand to welcome everyone to Winterfest. She expressed Council was pleased to have the event return and there was snow on the ground to give the event the right feel. She thanked AFFNO for promoting the French Language and Culture, as Canada was the first Country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy.
“It was important to us to make a return to Kitimat. It’s been four years. The first one was a bit of a tough go but the first one is always the toughest. We’re going to try some things different next year,” said Witwicki.
He stated one of the things they would like to see is an AFFNO Coordinator stationed in Kitimat. Their funding for such a position fell through at the last minute.