Start perfecting your accent now — the Total Brisbane French Festival is making its way back to South Bank Parklands this month!
The 2014 edition of the festival will feature more than 80 exhibitors over two days, offering a massive range of French products and services. You’ll be able to taste a piece of French cheese on a French baguette while drinking a delicious glass of French wine, all while you plan your next holiday to France with one of the professional travel agencies in attendance.
Is that French enough for you? Non?
Then you’ll want to know about the Wine Pavilion, which will be entirely dedicated to French wines and other alcoholic beverages that are famous in France, organised geographically by each major wine region! You’ll have the opportunity to discover how the wines are made, and find out which varieties of grapes are used in which regions, knowledge you can then casually slip into the conversation at your next dinner party.
One of the main events of the festival will be the Plave Fashion Show, which will be held aboard the luxury Kookaburra River Queen boat. Presented by popular fashion blog Plave, the show will be held twice (11:30am on Saturday 12 July and 1:30pm on Sunday 13 July), and will feature designs by Isabella Longginou, Lucid, Dyani and Begitta centred around the ‘April in Paris’ theme.
Everybody who attends the show will receive a complimentary drink and delicious cupcakes from Rose & Heart; afterwards, you’ll receive a gift bag from French cosmetic brand La Biosthetique with samples of their best products. Tickets to the Plave Fashion Show cost $26 and can be booked at brisbanetickets.com.au.
This year’s festival will also feature Le Kids Corner, located in the rainforest at South Bank and packed with fun — and free — activities for the kids, including a jumping castle, clowns, a carousel, cooking classes, face painting, and a fashion design class.
For the grown-ups, there’ll be burlesque shows and French cabarets; a live performance by acclaimed jazz chanteuse Emma Hamilton; and demonstrations of quintessentially French sports like fencing and parkour. And of course there will be French mimes, because how could you have a French Festival without them?
For a lot of people, the best part of the festival is the raffle, and this year will be no exception — first prize is two tickets from Brisbane to Paris with Air France; second prize is an overnight stay for two in a luxury room at Sofitel Brisbane; and third prize is two tickets for Opera Queensland’s production of La Boheme.
The Total Brisbane French Festival will be held at South Bank Parklands from Saturday 12 July to Sunday 13 July; tickets are $5 for adults and free for kids. For more info, visit brisbanefrenchfestival.com.au.