So Frenchy So Chic 2023 announces the line-up

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So Frenchy So Chic 2023 celebrates a 12th year of indulgent summer escapism. Bringing the best of French culture to Melbourne’s Werribee Mansion and Sydney’s Bicentennial Park, this is a French garden party full of fun and frivolity.

So Frenchy So Chic 2023

Billed as the poshest picnic in the Southern Hemisphere but while there is French class, So Frenchy So Chic is a festival for all lovers of French culture. It’s also family-friendly and children’s tickets are available.

 

Music at So Frenchy So Chic 2023

As always, the music line-up for So Frenchy So Chic 2023 is guaranteed to have you kicking off your shoes and dancing on the grass.

 

Pi Ja Ma

 

Known for “gentle exuberance” and a paradox in which she is both a “lone wolf and addicted to love,” Pi Ja Ma’s sound is that of French pop with a distinct 60s influence — echoing SFSC’s 2022 project Yè-Yè 2.0, which saw top Australian female artists reinterpreting songs from that era. Listen to her here.

 

 

 

Rover

Rover, real name Timothée Regnier, is a powerhouse of vocal creativity. His self-titled 2012 debut album won the Revelation award at the Victoires De La Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys) and reached Gold Disc status with over 50,000 records sold.  Listen to him here.

 

Kalika

Fresh from performing at France’s summer festival circuit, Kalika’s voice has been described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove” and her music fearlessly confronts patriarchal standards. A night owl, she composes in the little studio she has set up in her Paris apartment. Listen to her here.

 

 

 

Suzane

Suzane’s fast, fiery, and profound music earned her a well-deserved award at the Victoires De La Musique (the French equivalent to the Grammys) for Best Live Performance in 2020. She’s enjoyed multiple appearances in some of Paris’s biggest venues, thanks to a spectacular stage presence informed by her background in dance. Listen to her here.

 

DJ Set 

In both cities, So Frenchy So Chic festival founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux will make a rare appearance behind the decks alongside our star DJs for a special live radio set of French favourites new and old.

 

French food, wine and champagne at So Frenchy So Chic 2023

Of course, it’s not just about the music. After all, you can’t have a French festival without French food and wine. As always, So Frenchy So Chic 2023 has catered for all of your French food desires.

 

So Frenchy So Chic 2023 will be a wholly catered and licensed event, with feasts prepared by premiere French eateries in Sydney and Melbourne. Melbournians will enjoy offerings by Frederic Bistro, Prahran’s favourite French restaurant, L’Hôtel Gitan, and famous fromagerie Milk The Cow. The latter two will be the providers of the cheese and charcuterie hampers for Melbourne (which can be pre-ordered when you purchase your ticket (just look at the add-ons section of the ticketing website).

Sydneysiders can expect haute cuisine in a relaxed setting by Bellevue Cottage, headed up by Antoine Moscovitz, who trained under Alain Ducasse and was formerly private chef to House of Roederer Cristal Champagne. In addition, Rosebery French eatery, Frenchies, will be offering charcuterie hampers (which can be pre-ordered when you purchase your ticket (just look at the add-ons section of the ticketing website).

 

Food stalls will create an ambiance de marché will a wide selection of French food options including oysters, lobster rolls, croque monsieur, cassoulet, Basque paella, sweetcorn madeleines with blue swimmer crab and espelette, mussels, and pissaladière through to the ever-popular crêpes and crème brulée. As always charcuterie and cheese hampers will be available in both locations.

 

Champagne Lanson has been announced as the champagne partner for So Frenchy So Chic 2023 and will be poured alongside a curated selection of French wines and cocktails.

 

Premier pique-nique

Groups of 10 can treat themselves to an upgrade to the ultimate VIP experience with their own beautifully styled table with the best seats at the festival. These tickets include entry to the event, two bottles of Lanson champagne, two charcuterie hampers and two cheese hampers. These tickets cost $213.36 per person and can only be purchased as a group of 10.

 

Free Sun Umbrella

The first 500 tickets sold to So Frenchy So Chic 2023 will also receive a complementary SFSC sun umbrella/parasol which is perfect for adding some French flair to your outfit and shading yourself from the January Summer sun.

SFSC 2023 Charity Partner

When purchasing your ticket, you will also have the option to make a donation to So Frenchy So Chic 2023’s chosen charity: FareShare. It’s a charity that rescues food that would have otherwise gone to waste and turns it into nutritious meals for people in need.

 

KEY INFO FOR SO FRENCHY SO CHIC 2023

WHAT: So Frenchy So Chic, a French festival celebrating French music, food, wine and joie de vivre

WHERE & WHEN:

  • Werribee Park, Melbourne, Sunday 15 January 11:15am to 8:30pm
  • Bicentennial Park, Sydney, Saturday 21 January 1pm to 11pm

HOW: Purchase your tickets and pre-purchase your cheese and charcuterie hampers via the links below:

HOW MUCH: Early bird tickets are now on sale (and the first 500 adult tickets sold include a free SFSC sun umbrella) and are priced as follows:

  • Adult $85
  • Child 2-12 $14.07 (must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times)
  • Teen 13-17 $54.95 (must be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times)
  • Students 18 and over $70.28

SFSC MELBOURNE TRANSPORT

You can purchase a return bus ticket for transport from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station to Werribee Park and back for $42.87. It leaves Southern Cross Station at 10:30am and departs So Frenchy So Chic 2023 between 8:30pm and 9pm.

 

What are you waiting for?!

Buy your ticket now at the early bird price and countdown ’til January for the ultimate French day out!

 

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A Series of Sparkling serves up sparkling wine on Sundays in October

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Sparkling wine in all its variations will be celebrated in A Series of Sparkling at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide this October. Over 4 Sundays, across 4 masterclasses you will be guided through blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, as well as fancy champagne and big house champagne.

A series of sparkling

Across these 90 minute masterclasses you will taste six different sparkling wines within the relevant theme.

 

Blanc de Blancs

Sunday 9th October – 1.30pm -3.00pm

‘Blanc de blancs’ means ‘white on white’ which means that the sparkling wine only comes from white grape varieties which is commonly Chardonnay. This masterclass is a look at six Blanc de Blancs styles of sparkling wine featuring a comparison of examples from Australia, including Deviation Road Beltana, with three key Champagne examples, including Gosset.

$95.00 per person

 

Blanc de Noirs

Sunday 16th October – 1.30pm -3.00pm

‘Blanc de noirs’ means ‘white on red’ which means that the sparkling wine only comes from red grape varieties which is commonly Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This masterclass is a look at six Blanc de Noirs styles of sparkling wine from across the world with three key Champagne examples and three examples from regions outside of Champagne.

Two wines that James Boden, Head Sommelier at National Wine Centre, is excited to show in this masterclass are the Benoit Dehu Cuvee la Rue Des Noyers and Cedric Mousse Les Vignes De Mon Village.

$95.00 per person

 

Fancy Champagne

Sunday 23rd October – 1.30pm -3.00pm

Six of the most premium Champagnes that they can get hold of! This is the masterclass to attend if you want to compare top notch Champagnes including the 2011 Tattinger Comtes de Champagne. The masterclass will focus on some key brands as well as the introduction of one or two wines that seldom make it far enough to be shown.

$200.00 per person

 

Big House Champagne

Sunday 30th October – 1.30pm -3.00pm

In this masterclass you will look at six of the most well recognised champagnes including like Louis Roederer, Pol Roger and Moet & Chandon. Then you can decide for yourself as to which is your favourite.

$95.00 per person

 

KEY INFO FOR A SERIES OF SPARKLING

WHAT: 90 minute masterclasses on the topic of sparkling wine or champagne

WHERE: National Wine Centre, Adelaide

WHEN: Sundays 9, 16, 23 and 30 October 2022

HOW: Purchase your tickets via the relevant event link

HOW MUCH: $95 to $200 per person depending on the masterclass chosen

 

What’s your favourite style of sparkling wine? What’s your favourite champagne?

 

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A Series of Sparkling