Brisbane's French Festival, Le Festival, has grown rapidly in size and popularity since its inception to become one of the most popular events of the year. This festival celebrates all things French from food and wine (of course), French products and entertainment. A trip to South Bank on the weekend of July 7-9 is fun for everyone.
Le Festival kicks off on Friday evening at 5 pm and the party goes on until 10 pm with the fantastic opening night party. Live bands include Baby et Lulu and New Caledonia's Full Bordel, there will also be French Classic music and a DJ spinning a wide range of French songs.
There is a growing French community in Brisbane and an extensive range French products available for purchase around South East Queensland. Many people from the community importing or selling products in the city will open market stalls to showcase their products. The obvious things to buy are French cheeses, but you will also find other French food, clothes, shoes and hats. Yes, you should also be able to buy those french striped shirts and berets if you want to get into the French spirit.
At the Brisbane French Festival
The French are known for their passion for wine and if you are going to the French Festival then enjoying a class or 5 of genuine French wines is a must. The Wine Pavilion sell be serving a selection from Bordeaux and Beyond.
There is also a kids corner, which will host a range of kids activities. These include making croissants (hmmm, I want to join that class too), French stories, classes to learn some basic French words and more Most activities are free and some might attract a fee of $2 to cover materials. The kid's corner runs from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.
The Brisbane Sign in French Colours for Le Festival
There will be entertainment each day that highlights French culture as well entertains all comers. Listen to French classical, jazz, rock, pop, folk and more. The party really kicks off at night with music to party and dance to until 10 pm on Friday and 11 pm on Saturday.
If you want to learn more about French culture and style then over the weekend there will be a range of classes that include French fashion style, cheese, beer and wine appreciation and painting.
The French Festival is one of the most popular of the year. If you have kids, try and get in early for the activities and then relax with food and entertainment in the afternoon. If you want more adult fun, then turn up in the late afternoon to eat, drink and party until closing time.
Remember, tickets are $5 online and $10 at the gate, so it is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance. There is plenty of parking at South Bank but if you are going to enjoy the wine, beer and cider it is recommended that you take the bus to the Cultural Centre Station or the Train to South Brisbane Station.
Hi, just letting everyone know that the online tickets to the French Festival closed on Sunday, apparently. After reading here about the Festival, I went to the website and tried to book, then rang the event coordinator, Lea, who said it was well advertised on Social Media and their Newsletter that Sunday was the cut-off. Unfortunately no mention of this on the website, though.