Summer is almost upon us and Melbourne is getting ready to bask in a season of blues skies and balmy nights. We’re also getting revved up for So Frenchy So Chic, a one-day festival homage to playful summer days and picnics in the (French) park.
“We want to create a casual picnic atmosphere, catered by artisans who make good produce,” explains festival founder, Jean-Francois Ponthieux. “Everyone here is offering something different. A lot of the dishes complement each other really well.”
Tuck into a French Banquet at Werribee Park this January. Here’s what’s on offer.
J’ai faim …
Oh shucks, Oysters Unplugged didn’t bring their fresh, hand-picked shellfish all the way out here for nothing. Knock back the highest-quality oysters, hand-in-hand with a glass of Laurent Perrier, served at the champagne bar next door. Not a mollusc man?, Le Petit Bistro is introducing Le Parigot, an Australian beef patty grilled to order, served on a soft pain au lait brioche with melted French-blue-cheese aioli and smoked bacon.
Dip into L’Hotel Gitan’s bespoke menu of French hand-held treats, adapted from its menu especially for the festival. Try the brochette de boeuf with volaille, lamb and couscous, garnished with yogurt and cucumber, or the niçoise bread with Provençal vegetables, virgin olive oil and smoked salmon.
Or, why not Basque in the culinary glory of Le Pelican’s signature dishes? Try the kingfish carpaccio with lemon purée, dill and piquillo, or snails croquettes with a parsley purée and herb salad.
Picnic purveyor Bright Young Things is bringing its trademark picnic hampers to So Frenchy So Chic. Picnic hampers can be ordered with your ticket, and contain crusty baguettes, summery salads and chocolate ganache tarts, alongside a platter of carefully curated cheese and charcuteries.
What other summer favourites are there to look forward to? Macarons, calamari, ice cream and a traditional raclette from the Alps. Oh, and the flammkuchen (Franco-German cheesy pizza), a solid favourite from last year’s event, will be making its triumphant return.
J’ai soif …
So Frenchy So Chic will serve Kronenbourg 1664, rosé from Provence, reds and whites from Bordeaux and special cocktails from a vintage caravan.
An exciting addition to this year’s drinks menu is a glass of Lillet, the classic Bordeaux aperitif. Guests can try their hand at mixing this classic French favourite.
So Frenchy So Chic is held at Werribee Park on Sunday January 10, 2016. Tickets can be purchased online for $79.00 or $116.50 (entry and a hamper for one).
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