This Sunday 8 July, the grounds of Seppeltsfield winery in the Barossa Valley will be transformed into a Parisian style market place. It’s just one of 5 French festivals which will be taking place around Australia in July.
Expect to savour French artisanal breads, chocolate, macarons, crêpes and croissants, washed down with a glass of wine. Among the stall holders from Adelaide are Boulangerie 113, Mulots Patisserie, Chocolique, Les Deux Coqs, The Creperie Cart and The Oyster Bar, as well as local Barossa artisans and products including Barossa Valley Cheese Co., Owen Andrews, Barossa Coffee Roasters and Barossa Valley Ice-cream.
There will also be entertainment for your eyes and ears. Adelaide Fringe regular, Louise Blackwell will sing French jazz. Mélange à Trois, an Adelaide group which plays regularly at La Vigne in Norwood and at the Karkoo Nursery in Blackwood will also be there.
You can laugh at puppet shops or you could even take your chance at some pétanque kidding yourself that you’re working off everything you’ve devoured.
You will also have the opportunity to learn about all sorts of French things with masterclasses and meetings with artisans across the areas of cheese, perfume, bread, olive oil, sausage making and champagne.
Learn the differences between brie and camembert as well as between the Australian and French varieties of these cheeses. The masterclasses with be given by Victoria, the cheesemaker from Barossa Valley Cheese Co.. Tickets cost $10.
At 11:30, there will be a mini-masterclass as an introduction to those new to the world of perfume. The class will be led by Vasse Virgin. You can create your own perfume from essential oils. Tickets cost $20.
At 2pm, you can engage in a more intensive class. In 90 minutes, you will learn about base, middle and top notes and you will mix your own signature scent. Tickets cost $120.
Bread and olive oil
The chef from Boulangerie 113 will teach you how to make pain de campagne and you will also be able to taste it hot and fresh out of the oven. You will also taste olive oils and learn how to choose an olive oil to go with your bread. Tickets cost $10.
This masterclass will be led by Pippa Merrett, winner of the Best New Wine Writer in 2017. She will speak to you about Pol Roger champagne and how it is different both from other champagnes but also from sparkling wine. You will learn how champagne is made and the differences between vintage et non-vintage champagne. Pippa will also teach you more about the language of champagne. And of course you will taste some Pol Roger champagne. Tickets cost $40.
Sam Smith, head chef at FINO will teach you how to make Toulouse sausage, choucroute and spelt bread. Tickets cost $15.
You can also do a walking tour in the background of the food venues that were important to the Seppelt family in the 19th and 20th centuries. You will be inspired by the history of food, the Seppelt Bacon Haus, the 1882 Vinegar Haus and the Seppeltsfield cooperage. This visit will be guided byEvents Executive Chef ,Owen Andrews. The ticket includes tastings. NOTE this tour has sold out in previous years so if you are interested, I recommend that you buy your tickets now. Tickets cost $50.
Children haven’t been forgotten. Le Petit is a child friendly play zone. There will be puppet shops, face painting, balloon twisting, cupcake decorating, giant games and a movie screening.
Entry ticket: $15 per person including an engraved Bonjour Barossa glass.
Children (2-17): $5, including all activities and experiences inside the Le Petitzone
Children (0-2): free
Masterclasses, meetings with artisans and guided walking tour have their own additional tickets.
You can buy your tickets here.
Bonjour Barossa opens at 10:30am and finishes at 5pm.