Yesterday we told you about the French Festival, C’est la Vie 2020 which is coming to Brisbane this October and November: now find out about the C’est la Vie masterclasses.
The first weekend of C’est la vie 2020 is comprised of a weekend of C’est la vie masterclasses. The C’est la vie masterclasses cover a broad range of topics from cooking demonstrations and tips, wine and champagne tastings, guided cheese tastings and you can even try your arty side with some charcoal drawing to the Burlesque au Moulin Rouge theme or watercolour fashion inspired painting. Ticket prices range from $49 to $109 depending on the masterclass you choose
You can find out about the C’est la vie masterclasses below.
C’EST LA VIE MASTERCLASSES
FOR THE FOODIE
COOKING – THE SECRET OF FRENCH SAUCES WITH THE CHEF AND THE COOK
Friday 16 October 2020 @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Tickets from $49
Join chef Alex Goyard and his team for a saucy journey! Learn about six different savoury sauces commonly used in French cuisine, and what makes each one stand out.
You may have already heard of some or all of these – but here you will learn the techniques for how to make them, and which dishes to best pair them with.
Chef Alex will also take on a short history lesson of French sauces, while discussing how you can quickly fix up a ‘saucy’ mistake; because even a chef will slip up occasionally.
FRENCH PROVENCAL COOKING – VOYAGE GASTRONOMIQUE EN PROVENCE
Sunday 18 October 2020 @ 12:45pm – 2:15pm
Tickets from $59
Come along on a culinary journey through Provence with chef Alex Goyard and his team, as they take you through a dish that everybody can afford but that requires a certain knowledge and technique: “Zucchini flowers & Ricotta and Herbs farce, 16 weeks Noix de Jambon, Heirloom tomato & Anchovy concassé, baby rocket”.
You will be able to sample the dish with an accompanying glass of wine, along with other additions, and a sweet surprise at the end, to almost make a full course meal. “Bon appetit”!
TO BRIE OR NOT TO BRIE
CHEESE: AUSTRALIAN OR FRENCH – WHICH ONE BEST SUITS YOUR PALATE?
Saturday 17 October 2020 @ 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Tickets from $69
Join Aurelien Girard for a fascinating tasting experience with some of the best Australian and French cheeses, specially selected based on their region. Through a ‘tour de France’ of cheese, Aurelien will guide you through a comparison of taste profile, terroir influence, and manufacturing method of the different cheeses. Find your inner cheese connoisseur!
TOUR DE FRANCE OF CHEESE
Sunday 18 October 2020 @ 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Tickets from $69
Join Aurelien Girard for a fascinating tasting experience with 8 of the best French cheeses, specially selected based on their region.
Through a journey ‘à huit fromages’, Aurelien will guide you through a comparison of taste profile, terroir influence, and manufacturing method of the different cheeses. You can unlock your love of ‘fromage’!
FOR THE CHAMPAGNE CONNOISSEURS
CANARD-DUCHÊNE MASTERCLASS & TASTING
Friday 16 October 2020 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm AND Saturday 17 October 11:15am – 12:15pm
Tickets from $109
Come on a bubbly adventure with ‘The Bubble Diva’ herself as she takes you on an unforgettable champagne tasting experience.
Amanda Reboul will take you through 5 cuvées from the prestigious champagne house, Canard-Duchêne, giving you a chance to sample each one and expand your champagne knowledge. You may even discover your inner champagne connoisseur!
FOR WINE TIME
AUSTRALIAN VS. FRENCH WINE – COMPARISON OF GRAPE VARIETIES
Saturday 17 October 2020 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Tickets from $79
Let Lucie, from Bottli, take you on a wine-tasting experience full of surprises as she guides you through a comparison between Australia and France. When it comes to wine, it is not always easy to pick up the differences, but it is always fun to try!
Tickle and test your taste buds! Delve into your wine knowledge to guess which is Australian red and which is Pinot Noir, or if you can identify which country the crisp white comes from.
After sampling three grape varieties, one each from France and Australia, you will be able to take notes, rate the wines, and place a bet on which country you think it comes from – don’t worry, all will be revealed before you go! If you appreciate wine, this masterclass is for you!
ROSÉ FROM PROVENCE (SOUTH OF FRANCE)
Sunday 18 October 2020 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm
Tickets from $79
Come on a tongue-tickling Rosé tasting experience! French wine specialist Sebastien Laboucarie and wine connoisseur Julien Craeye will open a series of lovely French Rosé wines from the South of France for you to sample. These come from Provence, Bordeaux, and the Côtes du Rhône regions. You will also learn a little about each of these wines as you discover their unique qualities – you may potentially also uncover a love for Rosé!
PRESTIGIOUS ORGANIC WINES
Sunday 18 October 2020 @ 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Tickets from $89
Discover the world of prestigious organic wines through a tasting experience with French wine specialist Sebastien Laboucarie (VoilaVinCo) and Bottli sommelier Lucie. You will have a chance to sample six different prestigious wines from France while being treated to your very own wine history lesson with our expert sommeliers.
FOR THE ARTISTE
Classes to express your inner-artiste.
FRENCH FASHION WATERCOLOUR
Friday 16 October 2020 @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Tickets from $69
Unleash your creativity as you explore the scope of ‘French Fashion Design’ to create your very own watercolour masterpiece.
Join artist Marcel Desbiens from Bienarté for a watercolour painting demonstration, where he will help you become your own fashion designer as you experiment with watercolour paints yourself.
Sip on a glass of a specially chosen wine at the same time as you learn to master the watercolour medium.
CHARCOAL DRAWING WITH BURLESQUE LIVE MODEL
Saturday 17 October 2020 @ 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Tickets from $79
Create your own composition on the theme of “Burlesque au Moulin Rouge” while you learn about drawing with charcoal. Marcel Desbiens, from Bienarté will take you through the steps and demonstrates the art of drawing from a live model. You can experiment with charcoal sticks yourself at the same time, as you sip on a glass of a specially chosen wine.
WHAT: C’est la vie masterclasses
WHEN: Friday 16 October to Sunday 18 October
TICKETS: Purchase your tickets via the festival link http://lefestival.com.au/french-masterclasses-2020/
Which C’est la vie masterclasses interest you?
To find out more about the C’est la Vie Festival, read our article here.
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