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Markets in Adelaide are always popular, pulling in large crowds in search of excitement, great food and wine and a bargain. The French Market had thousands of visitors last year, with loads of free things to do and fun for kids. Once known as the French Christmas Market, this market has been renamed because the Australian summer is so different from a traditional French Christmas.

As in previous years the French Market is being held on the leafy lawns of the Unley Soldiers Memorial Gardens. This makes parking a breeze with plenty of car parking spaces available at the Unley Shopping Centre next door. The rotunda is well set up for free, live entertainment, and there's plenty of room for a picnic in the shade with friends or family.

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Feast on French Food and Wine or Coffee and Crepes


The French are renown for their fine food and wine, and for me that is one of the major drawcards of the market stalls here. You won't be disappointed this year with a variety of delicious food on sale from the food vendors this year. In the past market stalls included names such as Boulangerie 113, Bottega Rottolo, Frencheese, Coffee & Crepes, and Mulots PÔtisserie.

Think delicacies like quiches, crepes, pastries and cakes, gourmet smallgoods (rillettes, terrine and saucisson), ice creams, sorbets, meringues, and lemon and pear tarts. They sound so appetising that I'm drooling already!

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Try French Wine and Champagne


Of course you will need some French wines or champagne to complement your croissant or crepe, so the bar will be serving a range of quality imported wines, beers, hot coffee, and soft drinks.

Once you've enjoyed your taste of France you will be energised to browse the remaining market stalls. You'll find plenty of handmade crafts and art on sale from brands like Coco Marie, French Avenue, Le Panier, The Ruby Oracle and many more vendors. If you're looking for an unusual Christmas present for that special person, the French Market's a good place to look.

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Free Things to Do and Fun for Kids Including Face Painting


Bringing kids with you to markets in Adelaide can be a chore, but it's a breeze at the French Market because there are plenty of free activities for kids. Free face painting, roving performers, and a kids' zone where they can learn French words and songs will provide endless fun for kids. While they are busy memorising the words of "Frere Jacques", you have time to find other free things to do including cooking demonstrations, enjoying the live music, and maybe fitting in a little romantic dancing - oh lÓ lÓ!

The French Market kicks off on Friday evening, a perfect time to relax after work with some great food and wine. Enjoy the festive atmosphere at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens in the cool evening from 5pm until 10pm. The following Saturday the market stalls will resume from 10am until 10pm. You could even spend the day there feasting on all the fabulous fresh food.

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The French Market Is Held at the Unley Soldiers Memorial Gardens


For more information about the French Market at Unley Soldiers Memorial Gardens, see the Alliance Francaise d'Adelaide website and the Facebook event page. My advice if you are coming on Friday is to be as early as you can, to make sure you get a great spot and avoid any queues when the crowds arrive.

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Why? Enjoy delicious French food and wine in the Unley Soldiers memorial park
When: Friday 24 November 5-10pm. Saturday 25 November 10am-10pm.
Where: Unley Soldiers Memorial Gardens
Cost: Free
Your Comment
We went to this event either last year or the year before in the early evening.
The musicians were not playing and there were not a lot of French Stalls.It is a good venue,but was lacking in that French Ambiance.I can imagine that things in this regard have improved to give this event a French flavour.Perhaps the very few French people that live here can get behind it and give we aussies a little taste of their home country.I will consider going again and hopefully come away, not smelling of snags and tomato sauce,,although do like them.
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