Whether you’re a full-on Francophile – or someone who simply enjoys the occasional croissant – make sure you mark Friday 5th to Sunday 7th of July in your calendar for Australia’s biggest and brightest French festival.
Le Festival comes to Brisbane for its big 9th year – taking over the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank with a Gallic extravaganza.
French cuisine, culture, art and music will create an incroyable (that’s French for incredible) experience.
There’ll be fine food (but of course!); markets featuring everything French; live entertainment; activities for petite filles and garcons (little girls and boys); and a celebration of classic Citroen vintage cars.
The Parisian-trained pastry chefs and bakers at King Street Bakery in Bowen Hills will supply a tower of baguettes to rival the Eiffel – and host bread-making and patisserie lessons.
Chefs from the famous French cooking academy, Le Cordon Bleu, will be on hand to lead masterclasses starring Truffles and Caviar (served with champagne). Brisbane’s own branch of the famous school of French cuisine is based at TAFE campus, South Bank.
This year’s celebrations will mark the last year that Le Festival takes place beside the river. To celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020, the party will move to Musgrave Park.