The Swiss Festival 2022 returns to the Mornington Peninsula this Saturday

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After a hiatus due to COVID, the Swiss Festival 2022 is back. It has a long tradition amongst the Swiss community in Melbourne and surrounds, celebrating classic Swiss Culture. Read on to find out more about what you can expect at Swiss Festival 2022 in Main Ridge, Victoria this weekend.

Swiss Festival 2022


The Swiss Festival 2022 will have varied entertainment all day long from Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn performing twice, to accordionist John Kalkbrenner, and French and Italian music from Floyd Thursby. Manuela Erb, Honorary Consul of Switzerland will also give a speech.


There are activities, games and face painting for kids and the popular scavenger hunt is back this year with a cheese and chocolate theme. Plus, dog lovers will be delighted by the Bernese Mountain dogs on show.


Swiss Festival 2022 stalls

There will be stalls selling Swiss foods, drinks and products. The stallholders at Swiss Festival 2022 are:

  • Archibald Douglas Merchant – jewellery
  • Marianne Bishop – hand made goods
  • Pig & Whistle Tavern – bar and toasties
  • Pookie May coffee and tea
  • Pain et chocolat – artisan chocolate
  • Swiss Festival t-shirt stall with custom printed t-shirts
  • Switzerland Tourism – festival sponsor stall
  • Stratbogie Estate – wine tasting and sale
  • Swiss Festival committee – Swiss second-hand products
  • Wursthette – sausages and deli goods


Swiss Festival 2022 Raffle

The Raffle returns with an impressive array of prizes to be won. Tickets are $10. The prizes are:


1st Prize ($5,150.00)

– 2 x First class Swiss Travel Pass for 8 days*

– 1 night accommodation in 4* hotel in Luzern area incl. breakfast for 2 people*

– 2 hour regular guided tour in Luzern*

– 2 x Return tickets Mount Pilatus*

– 2 x Return tickets Mount Titlis incl. IceFlyer*

– 2 nights accommodation incl. breakfast in 4* hotels in Interlaken*

– 2 x First class Swiss Travel Pass for 3 days in Interlaken area*

– 2 x First class return tickets from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe*

– 1 x Victorinox Hiking Backpack

– 2 x Victorinox Swiss Army Knives – Cadet Swiss Spirit Limited Edition 2022

(*taxes and fees are not included and must be paid separately, all valid until 31-Dec-2023)

2nd Prize ($2,141.00)

– 1 x Jura ENA8 – Fully automatic coffee machine’ incl. glass milk jug


3rd Prize ($510.00)

– 1 x  ON Shoe Voucher from Sports Conscious

– 1 x Swatch Watch

4th Prize ($379.00)

– 1 x ON Shoe digital card voucher

– 1 x Victorinox Swiss Army Knife – Cadet Swiss Spirit Limited Edition 2022


5th Prize ($250.00)

– 1 x Lindt Chocolate Hamper

– 1 x Magnum wine bottle from Strathbogie Estate


​You can purchase your tickets to the raffle via this link. You don’t have to be present at the festival when the raffle is drawn to be a winner.



WHAT: a festival celebrating Swiss culture

WHEN: Saturday 1 October 10am to 5pm

WHERE: The Pig & Whistle Tavern Main Ridge

HOW: Purchase your ticket online via this link

HOW MUCH: $10 for adults; those under 18 enter free.

What’s your favourite part of Swiss culture?



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Swiss Festival 2022

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, 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.



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’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.



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


  • 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


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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