Paris without the plane fare – Le Festival brings a slice of authentic French culture to Brisbane
There’s a reason that pretty much everyone on earth is obsessed with France – its rich cultural history and generally romantic aura definitely have us sold, not to mention that the food is next level. If you’re craving a true Parisian experience but can’t part with the plane fare, be sure to block out the July 5–7 weekend in your calendar because Le Festival is back! Taking over South Bank for three days of bliss, the annual Francophile gathering will combine authentic eats, entertainment and goodies to create a truly Euro-centric experience.
Le Festival is enjoying its last outing at South Bank before moving to a new home at Musgrave Park next year – and you best believe it’s leaving its mark. This year the festival boasts a food program that is bound to make mouths water – in addition to the classic offering of authentic French delicacies and delights at the annual market, Le Festival is offering some elevated epicurean experiences. The brand-new Fromager D’Affinois VIP lounge makes its debut on the Saturday and Sunday as a haven of luxury Champagne and cheeses, while patrons can also partake in a series of masterclasses covering everything from beer and cheese pairing through to French bread and Viennoiserie (run by the wizards of King Street Bakery, no less).
Of course, Le Festival is not just about the food – there is also a huge range of things happening to keep you occupied once you’re fed and watered. More than 100 French (and French-inspired) performers will flock to the parklands and take to the Channel 7 stage – you can catch everything from DJs to dreamy New Caledonian vocal duos and even a spicy all-male burlesque troupe! The workshop portion of the weekend also extends to non-edible pursuits; with the likes of paint-and-sip art classes, perfume making and more all available to enjoy. The market will also be showcasing some jaw-dropping French fashion, so be sure to keep an eye out.
Want to spend a weekend in France? Tickets to Le Festival are available now through the festival website or at the event.