A FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR FESTIVAL DU VOYAGEUR!
The year is 1815 and a brigade of voyageurs is preparing for a grand canoe journey to transport goods for the North-West Company. Before they leave, they will celebrate one last time at the Grand Régal. Join us at Fort Gibraltar as we feast together with these brave voyageurs and wish them safe travels.
Festival du Voyageur is proud to present the second annual Grand Régal, a fundraising event for Festival du Voyageur’s Francofonds fund. Inspired by the large feasts that were held on the eve of the voyageurs’ long and arduous journeys to what is now known as Western Canada, Le Grand Régal 1815 will recreate the camaraderie and celebratory atmosphere of yesteryear.
When: June 15, 2017
Where: Fort Gibraltar (866 Saint-Joseph Street)
Cocktails: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 7 p.m.
What: Inspired by the large feasts that were held on the eve of the voyageurs’ long and arduous journeys to what is now known as Western Canada, Le Grand Régal 1815 will recreate the camaraderie and celebratory atmosphere of yesteryear. Festival du Voyageur’s much loved vibe will be front and center during this unique culinary and cultural experience.
Ticket price: $125 (plus GST). A $50 tax receipt will be provided by *Francofonds Inc. (118930502RR0001)
Corporate tables: $1,000 (plus GST) for table of 8 (with logo).
*$50 of the ticket price will be donated to the Festival du Voyageur endowment fund.
*Francofonds is the only french community foundation in Manitoba. The foundation manages over 190 endowment funds of which represent a capital of $7 500 000.
Attendees will have the pleasure of enjoying a meal exclusively prepared for the event by Gibraltar Dining Corporation. Influenced by the fur trade era, the menu for the feast will feature roasted pork, vegetarian baked beans, flavoured bannock, succotash, wheat berry salad, roasted potatoes with lemon and herbs, smoked trout and hot vegetables. For desert: trifle, sugar pie, apple bannock, rum honey cake and chocolate mousse infused with Big Rock beer. The meal will be served buffet style and participants will feast together around long communal tables within the fort walls.
To reproduce the ambiance of a fort preparing for the departure of its voyageur brigades, our historical interpreters will bring Fort Gibraltar’s cabins to life and will participate in the festivities! Guests will have an opportunity to further immerse themselves in the fur trade era by betting on a boxing match between two voyageurs, firing a musket, practicing their hatchet throwing, hammering nails during a round of the classic Clou’donc game or testing their strength with classic voyageur games such as leg wrestling. There will also be an opportunity for guests to become honorary voyageurs for the night by signing a souvenir “engagé” contract and undergoing a special initiation ceremony hosted by the fort’s bourgeois! Wine fans will be able to gamble for a chance to win a quality bottle of wine while playing the Vin pour 20$ game. A rainbow auction will be held in the Maison du Bourgeois featuring prizes donated by local organisations and businesses. Throughout the evening, musicians will be wandering about and following the dinner there will be a performance by the Bart House Band.
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A look at last year’s Grand Régal Cajun: