Experience France’s finest without even leaving Brisbane.
Ready and raring for its fifth and biggest year yet, the Total Brisbane French Festival will bring the luxury of France to Brisbane, with celebrity designers, musicians, heiresses, food connoisseurs and wine experts flying direct from France to host Australia’s first and largest French Festival.
Running from 10 to 12 July 2015 at South Bank, the Festival will be opened with an exclusive performance from the Paris Underground Cabaret and an eighteen-piece Noumean band, before two jam-packed days of French food, fashion and fun.
Total Brisbane French Festival Committee President Betty Moinet said the popularity of the festival over the last five years has seen guests gain a greater appetite for the French way of life, having ordered over 2,000 bottles of champagne and wine, as well as over 1.3 tonne of cheese for free tasting at the Festival, thanks to renowned French cheese connoisseur PRESIDENT.
“We are proud to return to Brisbane for a fifth year to deliver a great experience for Queenslanders to savour the best of French culture and an opportunity for French-Australians to rediscover their roots,” Ms Moinet said.
“This year’s festival is focused on giving guests more than just a taste of the French lifestyle, starting with the Paris Underground Cabaret opening night, which is sure to be a brilliant appetiser to the Festival, with a feast of magic, song, dance, burlesque, comedy, circus and cabaret.
“The Festival will host several masterclasses on everything France is famed for, including music, champagne, wine, cheese, fashion and fine dining, to name a few.
“Visitors can also indulge in fine French luxury with the seventh-generation heir to the illustrious French silverware giant House of Christofle, Carline Bouilhet-Christofle, hosting two rare and exclusive etiquette and silverware classes, where guests can learn the fine art of setting a table and entertaining guests in the true French form.
“Another major attraction of the Festival is the Air France Fashion Show, with designer to the stars Jerome L’Huillier and fellow designer Mette Pedersen showcasing 15-years of magnificent work dressing international celebrities including Kylie Minogue, Charlize Theron and former French First Lady, Carla Bruni.”
The five, hour-long masterclasses on offer are also key highlights of this year’s festival, with Bordeaux wine expert Aurelie Depraz flying from France to host an exclusive class on the elusive wines of Bordeaux.
“Other masterclasses include a champagne tasting and sabring class run by Amanda Reboul and Antoine Huray from renowned champagne house Canard-Duchene, a Loire-Valley wine class hosted by fine wine importer Jean-Christophe Dubois as well as a dessert wine and cheese class from Craig Underhill at DiscoverVin,” Ms Moinet said.
“After five successful years, we are pleased to have the opportunity to extend the festival to a two-and-a-half day event, as there are so many things to do and see that we could not possibly have squeezed it all into one day!”
Total Brisbane French Festival President Fred Lazzerini said there is always something new to experience at the Festival each year, thanks to the dedicated organisers, sponsors and volunteers.
“For the first time since its inception, the Festival will host a lucky door prize for those who enter before 10.30am, as well as a yoga class in French at 8am on both days, which is sure to be a rich and relaxing cultural experience,” Mr Lazzerini said.
“The popular French marketplace will again tempt visitors with an all new line-up of impressive exhibitors, including Dinner on the Wheel and many more, as well as dozens of stalls offering French products and services including travel, language, home décor, fashion, property, food and culture.
“The Festival will also welcome back the popular PRESIDENT Wine and Liquor Pavilion, as well as the popular Le Kids Corner, with paper plane making, balloon twisting, face painting, storytelling and much more set to keep the kids entertained whilst soaking up the French culture.”
Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in the Festival’s raffle with major prizes including a trip to Paris courtesy of Air France, two flights to New Caledonia with Aircalin, a seven day River cruise through France thanks to France at Leisure, two return tickets from Brisbane to Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui, as well as a luxurious weekend at the famous Brisbane Sofitel.