The G&G guide: Le Festival 2019 | The Gourmand & Gourmet

The G&G guide: Le Festival 2019

Oh crepe! The French foodie revolution is almost here.

Le Festival is set to transform South Bank with its crème de le crème French-themed events on July 5-7 boasting everything from bottomless champagne and tasting trails, to live entertainment and (our personal favourite) wheels upon wheels of cheese.

Have a schtick bigger than a tower (I ain’t talking about Eiffel’s) for French culture and cuisine? Then pardon our French, ditch listening to Nicki, and hear out our top picks for 2019’s Le Festival below instead!

The French Market

Don’t baguette! The perfect place to bag a bargain (not to mention delicious French wine and produce exports) is The French Market imported straight from the heart of l’Hexagone. Over fifty exhibitors means there’s plenty to explore, including an elegant Canard-Duchene main bar for the sip-happy, and a sippy cup-friendly Village des Enfants for those bringing little ones along for the ride!

Pick up some cheesy treats from The Fromagerie, a gourmet breakfast from the omelette bar, Flammekueche “French Pizza” from the artisanal deli, and Perigold truffled foie gras from The Truffle Man to make your trip to the market complete!

French Workshops

Is this what Kate Winslet meant when she asked Leo to paint brie like one of those French girls? Walk in the footsteps of van Gogh and Monet by grabbing the Moet and heading to Le Festival Paint and Sip class! Eat your cheese and paint it too using spectacular watercolours under the artistic guide of local artist Marcel by purchasing tickets today.

For those budding young chefs who’d prefer to master the art of French cuisine instead, look no further than Le Cordon Bleu’s indulgent caviar masterclass! No fishy business here – for just $51, join prestigious culinary chefs Tom and Amanda in a 60-minute class that boasts multiple cooking demos, caviar tastings, recipe cards, and a requisite glass of wine.

French Fashion

Channel your inner Chanel and heading to the festival on Saturday or Sunday to catch the highly anticipated fashion parade! After models strut great labels like Simone Perele, the show will continue to go on at stylish stalls La Boutique de Maurice and Skart and Savvy Designs

French Entertainment

Don’t mime us, foodies (or do)! In between chomping on camembert and sipping Bordeaux, you can catch us stepping out with the popular Le Can-Can dancers or watching great performances by the Brisbane French theatre and Vive la Showgirls mini cabaret!

With plenty more to amour when it comes to entertainment, be sure to read the festival’s full program before you head in.

Three days of French festivities, fashion, and fare? I think we’re in Louvre.

Words by Jacqueline Pon
- the gourmand who can’t wait to French kiss some French fries at Le Festival.