Melbourne, get ready to immerse yourself in a whimsical French pop up village at the 2015 Melbourne French Festival: .
Paris to Provence will be held at Como House and Garden from November 20 – 22, with over 10, 000 French lovers expect to attend the Festival over the three days.
The house and garden will be transformed into a French market village with markets stalls, incredible food, wine and of course French champagne. Expect to experience 75 exhibitors, roving entertainers, masterclasses, tastings and daily activities for young and old.
At the sixth annual, you’ll truly be immersed in the culture of all that embodies France.
Festival goers will be treated to a taste of la vie Française with live music from La Nuit Blanche, Elle at la Contrabasse and Mr Remi across all three days.
The Grand Ballroom will feature sessions on French property, language and travel whilst the foodie in all of us will relish the chance to get up close and personal to local French patissiers and Chefs in the Chefs Theatre. Demo’s there include topics such as “Rise of the Croissant” with French native Agathe Kerr from Agathe Patisserie, as well as French born Mercedé Coubard from A La Folie Patisserie in South Yarra, famous for her macarons and petit choux in a class titled “Choux Pastry: All my secrets”.
Bring along your picnic rug and revel in the authentic sights and sounds throughout the days or enjoy a twilight evening on the Friday night as the festival stays open until 9pm. You’ll be surrounded by more than 30 French food and wine stalls sure to tantalise your taste buds whilst the G.H Mumm pop up Champagne bar in the Stables courtyard will quench your thirst.
Mums and Dads will adore the French kids garden where children will be issued “mini passports” to enjoy all the activities including animal nursery, face painting, French story time, 30 minute art classes, lavender scented play dough, mini Monet painting easels and petit Picasso wall murals plus a selection of other activities.
Dog lovers won’t want to miss the daily French Bulldogs parade where owners are invited to bring their Frenchies along to win great prizes and have fun with other French bulldog owners.
Finally, be sure to catch “Les Santons de Provence Exhibit” returning in 2015. These figurines depict life in 1800’s Provence featuring mini clay figurines ranging from 7-20cm dressed as peasants, farmers, baker, schoolteacher, butcher, shepherds and nuns, set in a French village backdrop. You can even take a seat and paint your own santon to take home as a memento.
We have a great giveaway for Melbourne Girl readers!
With thanks to our friends at the Melbourne French Festival, we are giving away 5 Lipault bags, each containing a double pass to Paris to Provence.
For your chance to win one of the bag prizes, simply login to our competition form and tell us in the comments below… “Why you love French style in Melbourne”.
Complete any entry options which appeal to you for extra chances! These are not mandatory, please note that by leaving your answer in the comments below, you automatically go into the draw!
The winners are each required to reply to the winning email notification prior to 5pm on Tuesday 17 November – this will allow enough time for the prize to be posted.
The prize is not transferable, exchangeable, or redeemable for cash or kind and must be taken as offered. If the winner (for whatever reason) does not accept the prize or is unable to accept the prize, it will be forfeited.
Good Luck everyone!
Friday November 20
12pm – 9pm
Saturday November 21
9am – 6pm
Sunday November 22
9am – 5pm
A truly authentic and memorable experience, ‘Paris to Provence’ is an event not to be missed for all Francophiles, Franocphones and food-lovers. Fulfill your French fantasies without leaving the city.