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Come to the Adelaide French Festival 2018


Paris might be 16,000 kilometres from Adelaide, but it seems that South Australia still has a love affair with all things French. Bastille Day Celebrations in Adelaide are very popular, and the annual French Market in Unley draws huge crowds every year to sample fine French food and wine.

If you too have a soft spot for the good life in France, then you won't want to miss the Adelaide French Festival coming in January 2018, brought to you by the Adelaide Festival Centre. While many of the performances and activities are held around the Festival Centre and Dunstan Playhouse, others are held at stately house Carrick Hill and the David Roche Foundation House Museum.

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The inaugural Adelaide French Festival will be a fabulous feast of food, wine, fashion, music, visual arts, and film from France. Kicking off with So Frenchy So Chic in the Park on Friday 12 January, you can enjoy a summer evening festival of hedonistic pleasures at Pinky Flat. Settle down with a divine picnic hamper of French food (optional) while you relax to the eclectic sounds of France's hottest musicians. On a warm night you can even go for a paddle on our Urban Beach, but swimming is not on the menu.

On January 13-14 browse a selection of handmade goodies from handpicked Adelaide artisans at the Gathered Market, a French-inspired marketplace on The Riverdeck overlooking the River Torrens. Other events at the Adelaide Festival Centre include:
Le Cordon Bleu - Pâtisserie Demonstration
A French Cheese and French Wine Masterclass
Art Stories with the Zephyr Quartet and guests
Junior Sous Chef Workshop at The Bistro (Neon's Bar)
A Trip To The Moon short film screenings from France
Craft your own artisan perfume at The Powder Room
Discover French activities for kids at Froggie's Club
Board Popeye and relax to A Twist of Parisian Jazz from Floating Melodies as you cruise the River Torrens

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Escape the City for a French Weekend at Carrick Hill


Over at Carrick Hill entry to the gardens and grounds is free for the French Weekend at Carrick Hill. Take themed guided tours of the garden, view the concours d'elegance of the finest examples of French automotive manufacturing, follow the French Trail or play petanque in the manicured gardens. See the Carrick Hill French Weekend program for full details of what's happening for the Adelaide French Festival.

At the David Roche Foundation House Museum in North Adelaide, you can share David's love of French culture through his unique collection of French Art and Napoleonic items. The Roche collection spans two centuries of European design from the early rococo of France to Faberge in Russia.

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Find the Adelaide French Festival at the Festival Centre and Dunstan Playhouse


There are many more events during the Adelaide French Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Some are free, many are family friendly and suitable for children. You can find some free activities for kids here, and information about a series of free musical performances here. Please be sure to check the program to book early and avoid disappointment. Get the latest news and special offers from the Adelaide Festival Centre Facebook page and from Carrick Hill on Facebook.
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Where: Adelaide Festival Centre
Cost: Some Free
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