French Embassy La Galette des Rois: Les Voeux 2023 - A French Celebration
In January, it is a tradition for the French to celebrate Galette des Rois and wish each other the best for the New Year. Join us on your own or with friends to meet and socialize with ICDC members and guests of partner organizations as you begin the New Year with a French Celebration!

Event Date

Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Event Address

Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington DC 20007

Requested Attire

Cocktail attire suggested. All attendees must be strictly 21 and over with the French Embassy checking and validating IDs of guests.

Event Description

Travel to French soil and celebrate with us two of the most important French traditions. No plane ticket required!

La Galette des Rois:
in the U.S., food festivities start at Thanksgving and continue with Christmas and New Year's Eve, and then it's over. But it's not over in France, where during the entire month of January and even a little beyond, families and friends gather, usually on several occasions, to celebrate the 700-year old tradition of Galette des Rois (The King's Cake). The cake, traditionally topped with a golden paper crown, is a sweet and delicious puff pastry confection with almond-flavored frangipane filling. But the celebration is much more than that, as the person who will end up with la fève, a small porcelain charm hidden in one of the slices, becomes a "King/Queen for the Day". Be assured, there will be many kings and queens during our evening!

Les Voeux:
Wishing "Meilleurs Voeux pour la Nouvelle Annee" (best wishes for the New Year) in France is not just something you do on January 1. French people do it the entire month, and it often becomes the pretext for more celebration and Champagne toasting.

Join us for this most traditional yet lively evening featuring:

+ Delicious Galettes des Rois prepared by Fresh Baguette
+ Hors-D'oeuvres prepared by Chef Daniel Labonne, Executive Chef at the Embassy of France - VIP Hour only
+ Degustation of Jambon de Bayonne, a delicate and delicious cured ham from the Basque region of France.
+ Selection of delicious French cheeses, cold cuts and veggie options.
+ Open bar all night - Enjoy a glass of Champagne and bubblies or other wine from France
+ Excellent red, white and rosé wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Alsace. Rhone, Provence, etc.
+ European Beers
+ Live music

Take the opportunity to network with fellow Francophiles, French VIPs, diplomats, professionals and business people in the wonderful Maison Francaise at the French Embassy.

The event is organized by the French American Chamber of Commerce as a festival of French wine and hors-d'oeuvres. As such there are many facets to the evening and the evening is planned so that you can mingle and walk inside the embassy to discover and celebrate French culture and cuisine. Kindly note that the event is not organized as a seated function or dinner event but rather as a cocktail reception with light fare.

Additional Information:
Due to security considerations at the embassy, we are unable to accept walk-ins. You must reserve a ticket in advance to attend this event. Absolutely no door sales. All guests must be strictly 21 and over.

All persons attending the event must be registered via this site. If you purchase multiple tickets, please provide us the name of EACH guest. For table of 2 or 4, register a single person and we will be reaching out prior to the event for the names of your guests.

Due to security reasons, there will be no parking inside the Embassy. Public parking is available on Reservoir Rd and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital's parking garage. Please verify parking times and rates at the time you park.

 

           TICKETS           
All online ticket sales are final. We are unable to issue refunds for tickets purchased due to expenses incurred to present the event.

Event Agenda (May change)

Due to security considerations at the embassy, we are unable to accept walk-ins. You must reserve a ticket in advance to attend this event. Absolutely no door sales. All guests must be strictly 21 and over.

If you purchase multiple tickets, French Embassy Security, requires the full name of each guest attending the event that matches the name on the government issued ID. We are unable to issue refund if any guests are denied admission if their correct name wasn't provided to us at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Admission commences at 6:00 PM and the event concludes at 9:00 PM.

Please make a note of the time of admission for the type of ticket you purchase. 

We Are Grateful for Your Support

We greatly appreciate your contribution towards the International Club of DC Inc by making your reservation. Your support makes it possible for us to present diverse cultural events to our members. Kindly note that your contribution is unrelated to the embassy or venue the event is being presented at and all proceeds from the event are used solely by International Club of DC Inc. to cover expenses related to presenting cultural events to our members.

Map/Parking

If driving, street parking will be available on Reservoir Road and throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. Also, there is a pay lot located across the street at Georgetown University Hospital. Due to security considerations, parking WILL NOT be available on the grounds of the Embassy of France.

If using public transportation, the D6 Metro Bus towards Sibley Hospital drops off directly in front of the embassy. Due to limited parking, we recommend Uber, public transportation or a cab.


Please note that the map is enclosed below as a courtesy to you and for your convenience but we do not guarantee the accuracy of the map or the directions provided by Google. It is your responsibly to arrive safely and on time at the address of the event disclosed above.

Parking is limited to street parking in the vicinity of the venue. Kindly note that, as is the case in most major cities, the availability of street parking in Washington DC is limited and beyond our control. Due to the limited availability of parking, we highly recommend a cab, Uber/Lyft or other transportation option. The event start at the designated time so please allow sufficient time for traffic/travel/transportation and parking as these factors are beyond our control.

Event Notes

All ticket sales are final. We are unable to issue refunds for tickets purchased due to expenses incurred to present the event.

Kindly note by purchasing a ticket, you accept responsibility to arrive for the event on time. Due to expenses incurred, we are unable to offer refunds if you are unable to attend the event for any reason. Purchase of tickets for the event constitutes your acceptance of our no-refund policy. Event details, including menus and musical programs, are subject to change as we continue to refine the event. Tickets will be released to the person who purchased the tickets upon presenting photo ID. If you purchased more than one ticket, please arrive for admission with your guest(s).

All online ticket sales are final. No cancellations or refunds on tickets for any reason.

By participating in the event, you accept responsibility to arrive for the event on time. Due to expenses incurred, we are unable to offer refunds if you are unable to attend the event for any reason. Purchase of tickets for the event constitutes your acceptance of our no-refund policy. Event details are subject to change as we continue to refine the event.

Tickets will be released to the person who purchased the tickets upon presenting photo ID. If you purchased more than one ticket, please arrive for admission with your guest(s).

By participating in the event, you agree to follow the DC COVID guidelines in effect at the time of the event: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/

By purchasing a ticket, you accept the risk of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 or any other pathogen along with all consequences resulting from exposure or infection, including but not limited to physical injury, illness, temporary or permanent disability, death, and economic or financial loss. By participating in the event, you agree that while we have communicated health and safety measures along with DC COVID guidelines, we do not have police or law enforcement powers to enforce health and safety measures or mandates. Therefore, you agree to hold International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers harmless for any noncompliance of the health and safety mandates by another attendee, event participant, or third party.

By participating in the event, you agree to release, to the fullest extent permitted by law, for yourself, all of your family members and your heirs, International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers from any and all liability for personal injury, including death, and property damage that arise out of the activity.

By participating in the event, you agree, to the fullest extent permitted by law, for yourself, all of your family members and your heirs, not to make negligence claims against International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers for losses, debts, demands and/or damages for personal injuries or wrongful death suffered as a result of participation in the activity.

You understand and agree that by taking part in this ticketed activity will have the effect of releasing, discharging, waiving, and forever relinquishing any and all actions or causes of action that you may have or have had, whether past, present, or future, whether known or unknown, and whether anticipated or unanticipated by you, arising out of your participation. This release constitutes a complete release, discharge, and waiver of any and all actions or causes of action against International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers.

You understand and agree that by participating in this ticketed activity, you are to release, indemnify and hold International Club of DC, Inc. and its officers, employees, members, staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers harmless from any and all liability or costs, including attorney fees, associated with or arising from your participation in activities.

You also agree to convey these terms to your guests and ensure their acceptance and agreement of these terms prior to attending the event.