Blue, white and red will paint the South Bank Cultural Forecourt at this year’s Brisbane French Festival from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July.

Le Festival will bring an abundance of wine and champagne trails, culinary masterclasses, fashion and more than 70 French market stalls to the 4101. Brisbane French Festival Director Betty Moinet said the program this year promises to be the most entertaining and enjoyable to date. “We have some extraordinary Le Cordon Bleu masterclasses, including two with our ambassador, Bruno Loubet, who is a multi-award-winning restaurateur, and two by chefs from Le Cordon Bleu,” said Betty.
“We also have masterclasses that will take participants on a tour of the most exotic wine, champagne and cheese, and an exclusive organic perfume class where participants can create their own signature scent.”

Star chef Bruno Loubet will bring gastronomy on-stage with a cooking demonstration, and Effervescence champagne connoisseur Amanda Reboul will do a live champagne sabering demonstration. Wine producers Duval Leroy and DiscoverVin will also provide a wine and champagne trail for visitors to taste, sample and purchase.

“Le Festival’s masterclasses, entertainment, fashion, and hand-picked market stalls will reflect a unique blend of tradition and innovation, bringing the most authentic French experience to the banks of Brisbane,” said Betty. “We are extremely pleased to announce that this year we will bring back the fashion show for visitors to experience the latest French fashion and learn tips from fashion-extraordinaire Caroline Voss. Our exciting raffle prizes this year, include a trip to Tahiti, a private dinner for eight cooked by Bruno Loubet, and a one-night stay at the luxury Sofitel hotel in Brisbane.”

The Le Festival is a not-for-profit organisation created in 2010 by a committee composed of French and Australians who possess the dream to share everything France has to offer in Australia. The event is organised in July to celebrate Bastille Day or Fête Nationale, which takes place on 14 July in France.

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