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Spectacular surroundings, fabulous food, marvellous music
This year's So Frenchy So Chic in the grounds of the University of Sydney was all food, flowers and fabulousness.
The grounds of St John's College, University of Sydney
It was easy to identify the SFSC veterans: they were the well-dressed festival goers with the folding chairs, umbrellas and parasols, all of which would have come in handy last Saturday. Sydney's four-seasons-in-one-day weather conditions gave Melbourne's meteorological reputation a run for its money.
Fortunately the rain stayed away but the crowds did not. Francophiles of all ages gathered in droves to sample the food, drink the wine, braid their hair and groove to the gallic sounds of Brigitte (a couple of young mums only France could produce) and Lou Doillon (highly pedigreed daughter of Jane Birkin and half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg) to name just two of the varied and well-received acts on offer.
The grounds of St John's College were ideal for optimal picnic positioning with views of the stage from just about every angle. Billed as a 'giant party, a perfect picnic and a day to remember surrounded by family, friends music and love', it lived up to its publicity.
Highlights for your reviewer have to be the freshly-shucked Sydney rock oysters, raclette traditionelle and Robert the Bubble Man: Australia's answer to the Pied Piper with his ingenious gift for entertaining the kiddies for hours on end and the added bonus of not making them disappear at the end of it.