Imagine a French immersion day starting with fresh Pattisserie & Espresso, reliving the passion and rivalry of the All Blacks and Les Bleus and of course a long lunch and French wine tasting finishing with petanque and a few laughs. Enjoy the taste and culture of France, hidden in plain sight, right here in Auckland.
8:30am Breakfast at Philippe's Chocolate including a sumptuous hot beverage.
Philippe’s is a Chocolate Artisan, French Patisserie and Bakery. They have a selection of French goodies and treats available in the shop all year round, that can change regarding seasons. They make everything on-site and Hand-made by their passionate Chefs who create all the cakes and bake all the pastries every morning ! They specialize in Chocolate making, Pastries and Bread, Cakes and Event ! They also serve ‘Vivace Espresso’ amazing coffees.
Eden Park or the All Blacks Experience (opening 1st December 2020). The French rugby history is closely linked to NZ. NZ hosted Two Rugby World Cups, each time the All Blacks played France in final, not to mention the last time the AB’S lost at Eden park in 1994 was against France. ... and the next Rugby World Cup will be hosted by France!
Lunch at Maison Vauron including a choice between 3 mains from Le Plat du jour including a vegetarian option, a French Cheese platter and the wine tasting of the day including 3 French wines.
Established in 1999, Maison Vauron is dedicated to bringing the best of French wine and food to New Zealand. Every year they go to France to taste the wines, see their long-standing producers, and most importantly make new discoveries. Maison Vauron is a family story born 19,000km from Auckland, in the historically important city of Saint-Etienne, 50 km southwest of Lyon, in the Northern Rhone. Everything started in 1879 when Antoine Vauron began his business as a wine merchant. Like Obélix, the famous French cartoon character, his great-great-grandson Jean-Christophe Poizat, fell into it when he was young and perpetuated the family tradition. 2005 saw the introduction of La Fromagerie to the Maison. La Fromagerie under the guidance of Gilles Mereau is now regarded as the leading importer and distributor of French cheeses and specialty goods in New-Zealand.
Pétanque in its present form was invented in 1907 in the town of La Ciotat near Marseilles by a French jeu provençal player named Jules Lenoir. The goal is, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally “piglet”) or jack. It is also sometimes called a bouchon (literally “cork”) or le petit (“the small one”).
By 5pm we'll have ended your epic French epicurean day
Price per pax including a FOC for an agent based on 8 pax minimum $399 up to 25 pax