We may not be able to sip sparkling wine on the French Riviera right now, but we can still add a touch of Gallic luxury to our summer.
So Frenchy So Chic’s annual celebration of French music, food, and culture is back with Le Long Lunch, a leisurely eight-hour picnic on Sunday February 21 at Rippon Lea House and Gardens, a suitably grand locale just 10 kilometres from the CBD.
On the musical front, expect Tame Impala drummer Julien Barbagallo (a French expat who has collaborated with Tahiti 80) performing as his folk-slanted solo project Barbagallo. A busker in Paris before founding The Lovegods and working with So Frenchy So Chic favourites Nouvelle Vague, Australian-born singer-songwriter Nadéah will also share her swaggering take on intercontinental pop.
Melbourne five-piece Bananagun, who enjoyed a breakthrough year thanks to their 2020 debut album True Story of Bananagun, will showcase their globe-trotting, party-starting blend of Afrobeat, Tropicália, exotica, and sunny ’60s psychedelia. French-themed DJ sets from Mike Gurrieri, who hosts Mystic Brew on PBS, and So Frenchy founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux (who curates the newfound SFSC Radio and the brand’s much-loved compilations) will complete the summery sonic tapestry.
As for culinary offering, expect a menu stuffed with lobster, cheeseboards, charcuterie, and of course authentic French pastries. Graze world-class offerings from Frédéric (the third restaurant founded by the Reymond family), artisanal tart operation Tarts Anon, local cheese specialists Milk the Cow, and Prahran institution L’Hôtel Gitan. Kronenbourg 1664 and Laurent Perrier will also be represented on the day, along with pre-ordered picnic hampers by Michelin restaurant-trained chef Romu.
In keeping with social distancing, Le Long Lunch is limited capacity and only selling tickets in groups or six or 10 (including children). As an added incentive, every group of six will receive a complimentary bottle of Paul Louis French Sparkling wine, while the 10-person Premier Pique-Nique includes two bottles of Laurent Perrier Champagne and two cheese-and-charcuterie hampers.
Now in its ninth year as a live event, So Frenchy So Chic sprang from Jean-Francois Ponthieux’s Melbourne record label Cartell Music, whose introduced Australia to French artists like Camille, Nouvelle Vague, and Féfé.
Le Long Lunch runs from 11am to 6:30pm Sunday February 21 at Rippon Lea House and Gardens in Elsternwick. Buy tickets here.
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