If the GFC won't allow you the luxury of a trip to France this year then the next best thing would be a visit to the annual Melbourne French Festival at Como House and Garden commencing Friday evening 25th November.
The French community and producers of French goods will be proudly flying the tricolour in the beautiful grounds of historic Como House and recreating a French provincial village square and market place where Francophiles can indulge in a celebration of food, wine, fashion, art and entertainment.
As many as 70 stalls under cover of marquees will be showcasing a large range of foods traditional to France to sample and purchase, including patisserie, cheeses, chocolates, gourmet foods, wines and coffee. You'll also find luxury items, crafts, giftware and books and enter competitions for generous prizes by various sponsors including a private crepe party, an accommodation package in Sydney, gift vouchers, magazines and books to name a few.
Be entertained by roaming performers such as mime artists, an 18th century stilt walker, magicians, human statues and cancan dancers. French chefs from popular Melbourne restaurants will be demonstrating their culinary skills and signing books but be sure to check the website for scheduled session times for activities and performances throughout the weekend.
Enjoy a café au lait to the sound of French accents in the pop-up French Café which will take over Como's, Café Bursaria. You can try a game of petanque, watch a French bulldog contest, enjoy some sporting highlights of the Tour de France or learn about the French origins of the Olympic Games.
For those planning to escape to France for their vacations or make the dream of living there a reality, property firms will provide information and seminars on purchasing homes in France or organising accommodation.
Photo courtesy of Melbourne French Festival
The Festival also caters for young ones, so families are encouraged to bring along their children and a picnic rug for a range of activities to keep them occupied in a dedicated area where they can watch French-style magic shows, listen to story sessions or browse at stalls selling fashion, toys and books.