This Saturday and Sunday the Bonjour French Festival will take place on the Gold Coast.
For entertainment, Saturday will start with some fencing courtesy of Prima Spada, some belly dancing, some opera, a performance by Daphné Maresca before a film night with the screening of “Romantics Anonymous” which was a huge success at the Alliance Française French Film Festival a few years ago.
Sunday, Vavachi Entertainment will sing you the French and Australian national anthems. Sega Dance will present their Mauritian dance show and Romony Rogers his concert of French songs.
Last year, the event set up the world record for the most bérets worn at the same place at the same time – they were 941 people. They want to beat this record this year and invite you to gather wearing your bérets at 11am this Sunday 11 November. If you don’t already own one, you can purchase a béret at the festival for $10.
We can’t celebrate France without its food and wines and at au Bonjour French Festival on the Gold Coast, there are several options. Sacre Bleu will be serving a truffle croque-monsieur, a camembert burger, an onion soup as well as baked camembert. 3 Sea Catering and Gourmandise de Paris will be serving up their galettes bretonnes. Frencheese will have its raclette. As their name suggests, La Fromagerie will have French cheeses. Frockling Goat Cheese will also be there.
And because we can’t say no to French desserts, Montmartre French Pâtisserie will be selling a selection of French pâtisseries and Churros de Oro will have their churros. If you need a wake up after all the yummy food, Roadside Coffee will be selling coffee. Crunchy’s Waffles will have their waffles. Flavour Explosion will be selling their differently flavoured nougats. Wicked Treatz will have fairy floss and slushees.
Bordeaux and Beyond will be providing the French wines. At the French Cellar Area, you can buy wines by the glass but also by the bottle. If you like to taste different wines or even some Belgian beers, you can. For $10, you will get to taste 3 wines or 3 beers.
There will also be non-eating and non-drinking fare on sale at Bonjour French Festival on the Gold Coast. Intext – Language International Book will have their stall of French language books. You can also book your next trip to France with Vue du Monde. Petite France will be there selling its products for the house, kitchen and body all of which are made in France.
Saturday from 4pm for the film night: $5 (from 4pm Saturday 10 November – special pre-sale price until Thursday night, $10 after that)
Entry (Saturday OR Sunday) : $10.00 for adults, $5 for teens (free for children under 12 years old) via this link.
The Bonjour French Festival on the Gold Coast will be open on Saturday 10 November from 4pm to 10pm and on Sunday 11 November from 9 to 5pm.