The City of Burlington and the Alliance FranÃ§aise of the Lake Champlain Region (AFLCR) will host a special flag-raising event on March 24 in culmination of a series of French cultural events celebrating French month. Mayor Bob Kiss will attend the event and welcome French Consul GÃ©nÃ©ral Christophe Guilhou, as well as other officials and community members. The event will begin at 5 pm in Contois Auditorium, where a French ‘friendship’ flag will be formally presented to the City by Consul GÃ©nÃ©ral Guilhou. Following this, a color guard of the Burlington Police and Fire Departments will perform a ceremonial flag-raising outside of City Hall on Church Street. The ceremony will also feature music by the Vermont-based Franco-American musical group Va-et-Vient. The event is free and open to the public. The flag to be raised is that of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (International Organization of French-speaking Nations), established in March of 1970 and numbering 75 member entities worldwide. For more information about the AFLCR and its schedule of French Month events in Burlington, please go to the AFLCR website at: http://aflcr.org/(link is external). At 6 pm following the flag-raising, Honorary French Consul for Vermont, Ernie Pomerleau, and the AFLCR will host a wine tasting at the BCA Center, 135 Church Street. Attendees at the ‘5 From France’ wine tasting will sample wines from the Hexagon presented by oenologists Donald B. Macdonald III and Katrina Church. French chef Robert Barral of CafÃ© Provence in Brandon VT will prepare sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, and the Queen City Hot Club quartet will perform. Tickets for the wine tasting at $38/person are available from the Flynn Regional Box Office in person, at (802) 863-5966, or at http://flynntix.org(link is external).