Brisbanites were able to don their berets and eat copious amounts of brie just ahead of Bastille Day (today!) this weekend, across two jam-packed days at the The Brisbane French Festival. Held at the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank, the French Festival which began in 2010 has quickly became the largest of its kind in Australia, treating Brisbane locals to a little bit of France down under!
Now in it’s fourth year, an even bigger and better festival was planned for 2014 with an abundance of cultural activities including fashion parades, burlesque performances and French themed children’s activities. An adorable display of French bulldogs were also on show with the odd French Poodle here and there too. Combined with a fabulous mix of markets and music, Francophiles were even treated to a preview of Opera Queensland’s La Boheme.
If your idea of the perfect meal (like me!) is a fresh baguette and slab of creamy brie, this was definitely the place to be for the food alone! A dedicated marketplace offering delicious French fare including, foie gras, rillettes, croissants, crepes, filled baguettes, french onion soup, macarons and even snails (or should I say escargot!)
New to this year’s festival was also the Art & Artisans Pavilion featuring French-inspired artists, jewelers, sculptors and craftspeople selling all sorts of gorgeous home decor and gifts. French travel and language services were also on hand to plan your next Euro vacay!
More than 80 Brisbane-based exhibitors including French Martini, C’est Bon Restaurant, Monsieur Macaron and Le Petit Café had their wares on show while ten French wine making regions were also represented in the Le Pavillon des Vins marquee, inviting sippers to sample a smorgasbord of French wine and spirits as they learn about various grape varieties and the wine making process.
I have never been to the BFF before this year and I think I have been missing out! You have to give it to the French, they sure know a thing or two about food and this was no exception. On a beautiful Sunday, what better way to spend it than devouring a cheese platter and a serious selection of macarons with my best foodie friend.
I’ll certainly be making my way back to next years festival for more scrumptious food and cultural fun!