The Eyrie

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 - Celebrating Epiphany like the French

The French have been serving up la “galette des rois “since the 14th-century. Traditionally, it’s served on January 6th – the 12th day of Christmas – to celebrate the Epiphany, a religious feast day commemorating the arrival of the Three Kings to the manger where Jesus was born. Today, it’s eaten throughout the month of January and is simply a festive way to celebrate the New Year with family and friends, regardless of religious background.

Tradition dictates that when serving la “Galette des Rois,” the entire cake should be divided such that each guest receives a slice, plus an extra, symbolic slice for any unexpected visitor, or poor person, that should pass by. In this way, everyone has the opportunity to “tirer les rois,” or “draw the kings” from the cake.

The “king” is represented by the” fève”, once a fava bean, now a porcelain or plastic figurine, hidden inside the cake. The person who discovers the “fève” in their serving is declared “Roi” (the king) or “Reine” (the queen) and gets to wear the golden paper “couronne” (crown) that comes with cake.

Voici nos 2 Reines : Louise et Olivia.