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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National Escargot Day: everything you need to know about the French delicacy  

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Today, 24 May, is National Escargot Day! To celebrate the day, we take a look at the history of this French dish and share where you can dine on escargots around Australia.

National Escargot Day

Escargots have been eaten since prehistoric times but not in the way they are prepared today. Then they were eaten by those who couldn’t afford to eat anything else. Quite far from the delicacy they have become today.

 

The origin of the dish is in Burgundy where snails are cooked with garlic, parsley and butter. This preparation is known as the escargot à la bourguignonne.

 

The popularity of escargots is attributed to the then French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Talleyrand, who, in 1814, was organising a reception for the Russian Tsar who was in Paris. He wanted to impress him and serve him something he’d never eaten before. His chef was Antonin Carême , a Burgundian, and escargots was in its beginnings a Burgundian dish.

 

The snails you eat in France aren’t likely to be French anymore. The Burgundian variety of snail, Helix pomatia, is no longer seen in France having suffered from its popularity and also the use of pesticides. Now, the snails you eat in France are actually from Eastern Europe unless they are from specific snail farms.

 

Helix pomatia is a protected species in France so you’re not allowed to be collected during their reproductive period from 1 April to 30 June. Outside of that time, you’re not allowed to collect or sell them if their shell is less than 3cm in diameter.

 

There are also other regional takes on the dish:

  • Escargots à l’alsacienne – cooked with dry white Alsatian wine, stock, lard, onion, parsley, 1 bouquet garni, 4 spices, aniseed, salt and pepper
  • Escargots à la bordelaise – cooked in a tomato base with Armagnac, Espelette chilli, ham and duck
  • Escargots à la provençale – cooked with chopped tomatoes, rosé wine, speck, prosciutto, chilli, dill, parsley

 

Escargots à la provençale

WHERE YOU CAN GET ESCARGOTS FOR NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY

 

BRISBANE

Boucher always has its roast snails in the shell with garlic & parsley butter on the menu.

 

PERTH

Bistro Guillaume‘s Escargot En Persillade with a Brioche Crumb is one of its menu staples across its Perth and all of the Bistro Guillaume restaurants. Available on the menu all year round, the perfectly prepared dish is a delicious treat that begins by placing the snails into specialised dishes and topped with a classic French sauce known as ‘Persillade’ that consists of parsley, butter and a delicate brioche crumb. The dish is perfectly paired with grilled sourdough.

 

SYDNEY, NSW

L’Heritage serves its escargots all year round so you can enjoy them on National Escargot Day and every day. Their snails are poached in court bouillon, roasted w/ confit garlic and persillade butter, sliced baguette. 

 

Happy National Escargot Day! Have you ever tried escargots? Where do you go for them?

 

If you appreciate French food, you may also like these articles:

It’s Cheese Soufflé Day!

Happy World Chocolate Day 2021!

International Croissant Day 2022: Warning don’t read this while you’re hungry!

La Chandeleur 2020: where to get your crêpes

What is the Galette des Rois and why do the French celebrate it?

 

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