So Frenchy So Chic isn’t just a music festival – although, with an impressive all-female line-up featuring French treasures such as Camille, Yelle, Clara Luciani and Cléa Vincent, it is an impressive one. Its distinctive food offering draws in crowds every year too.
Fromage, croque-monsieur and champagne are just a sample of the French cuisine that will make an appearance at this year’s event, alongside “Frenchy” cocktails, calamari, ice-cream, and raclette. Or, festivalgoers can do the full picnic thing and pre-order a cheese or charcuterie hamper, with choices for singles, couples and families, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.
What you’ll find in each city will differ, each with vendors known for bringing French flair to Australia.
Melbourne’s revered fromagerie Milk the Cow will be there for a second time. In both its St Kilda and Carlton establishments, the five-metre-long cabinets contain 180 varieties of cheese, 40 per cent of which are French. “A lot of people want to eat local right now,” owner Daniel Verheyen says. “But when you’re talking cheese you can’t dismiss France in that conversation. They’ve been making cheeses for thousands of years.”
Fitting, then, is its offering of a signature cheese box that serves two to three, alongside hampers for five or more. In each, there’ll be quince, house-made lavosh, and “big French cheeses” he says. Those are a semi-hard Ossau-Iraty, a stinky washed-rind Epoisses from Burgundy and a cave-matured Papillon Roquefort iconic blue.
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