Bon Fromage 2023 is on next week: be Gruyère or be square

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Come to Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal next week, where a 30 metre long table topped with a tonne of French cheeses overlooking the Sydney Opera House will be the centre point of Bon Fromage 2023. The most Brie-lliant of festivals returns with its celebration and promotion of many varieties of French cheese including creamy Camembert, tangy Fourme d’Ambert, nutty Comté, smelly Langres to name but a few. Take our curd for it, these are free festivi-cheese you don’t want to miss!

Bon Fromage 2023

The Bon Fromage festival was created by CNIEL (Centre national interprofessional de l’économie laitière) France’s National Dairy Interbranch Organization)) to their great credit in 2016. It is part of its commitment, aided by the European Union, to showcase the vast variety and distinctiveness of French cheeses in Australia. After all, France’s very own Charles de Gaulle said “how can anyone govern a nation that has 258 different kinds of cheese”.


It seeks to expand the knowledge and appreciation of French cheeses among Australian consumers and to inform and guide attendees on how to pair cheese, or how to integrate cheeses into daily cooking. At Bon Fromage 2023, you’ll have the opportunity to taste, discover, and learn about French cheeses.



As with almost everything at this festival, the masterclasses are also free! Some are already full so we recommend you sign up to any that you’re interested in, and that aren’t full, ASAP.

Bon Fromage 2023

Masterclasses that still have places available at time of publication are:



The only paid part of Bon Fromage is the food stalls selling cheesy creations and you’re going to want to try these! Here’s just a taste of some of the cheesy creations you will find at Bon Fromage 2023:

  • A_B_Cheese shop will be selling its French cheese range for you to take your new favourites home
  • Take it cheesy will be serving creamy cheeses on sticks with homemade bread crumbs which have been lightly fried
  • The French Cob Loaf puts melted French cheese in sourdough
  • French Cheese Australia will be serving Raclette (perfect for Bon Fromage 2023’s coinciding with the official start of Winter)
  • Hot Dog Savoyard – cheeses from the French Alp region of Savoy are used to create gourmet cheesy hot dogs
  • Croque-Monsieur – the quintessential French take on the humble ham and cheese toastie – choose from Comte, Emmental or Brie
  • Meraki Eats has created a savoury choux made with European cheese
  • Orléans will be serving Moules-Frites, French Coquille St-Jacques with Gruyère, baguette loaded with Gruyère or raclette
  • French Kiss crêperie will be serving a range of crêpes and galettes including a galette with raclette cheese
  • Saucissons Australia brings its Produit du Terroir range of curated cheeses, pâté and homemade dried sausages. They will also be selling cones filled with Saucissons and Cheese
  • Fromager D’affinois will be showcasing its Pavé d’Affinois
  • Madame and Yves will showcase its authentic French treats with a modern edge

Bon Fromage 2023


Each year, Bon Fromage selects a few cheesemongers as its Ambassadors. This year it has selected Aurore Ghigo and Victor Persinette-Gautrez.


Aurore co-founded Cheese on Wheels in 2012. At Bon Fromage 2023, she will teach you that cheese is a creation that engages all the senses, encouraging customers to taste, smell, and feel it in order to develop your own opinions and refine your taste buds.


Victor, who owns K-SEIN Fromagerie at South Melbourne Market, is a master cheese maker and has spent years perfecting his craft. He uses only the finest ingredients to create the most delicious and unique cheeses that you won’t find anywhere else.



At night, The Bon Fromage stage will switch to a French Disco. Groove to the beats of talented DJs and enjoy the musical stylings of French jazzy bands, adding to the festive and cheesy ambiance.

Bon Fromage 2023

Is it brie you’re looking for? You’ll be feeling bleu if you miss out, so make sure you put Bon Fromage in your plans for next week! Com-té Bon Fromage 2023



WHAT: Bon Fromage 2023

WHEN: Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd June 2023

  • Thursday 1st June 2:30pm – 10pm
  • Friday 2nd June 11am – 10:30pm
  • Saturday 3rd June 11am – 5pm

WHERE: Cargo Hall, Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal, THE ROCKS

HOW: Just go there! Or for Masterclasses, you will need to pre-book and can do so via this link

HOW MUCH: Entry to Bon Fromage and to its tastings is free. The Masterclasses are too but you need to reserve your spot in advance.


Tag Bon Fromage Festival via its @Europeancheeses and Facebook profiles @EuropeanCheesesAustralia

Suggested Hashtags for your Bon Fromage 2023 posts: #BonFromageFestival2023 #EuropeanCheeses #FrenchCheese #EnjoyitsfromEurope


For events with French and Francophone links happening this month, check out our What’s on in May


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14 more events to attend at Tasting Australia 2023

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Last week we told you about 12 Tasting Australia 2023 masterclasses related to champagne and French wine varietals being held at Town Square. Today, we are letting you know about other events with French links happening around Adelaide and surrounds on the Tasting Australia program.

Tasting Australia 2023

Some are sold out and waitlists are available, others still have places available but not for long!


Madame Hanoi’s Culinary Adventure

Madame Hanoi

6pm 3 May


The seatbelt sign is on. Madame Hanoi is taking you on a journey – will it be France or Vietnam?

Enjoy four courses of either nation’s cuisine and matching cocktails at the SkyCity Adelaide restaurant during Tasting Australia. Head chef Raj Kumar will introduce each menu, plus a showcase of French cheeses from across the country.

The multi award-winning Madame Hanoi is loved for fresh, diverse fare celebrating the French influence on Vietnamese dishes.


Flavours of the Market

Adelaide Central Market

7am on several dates


Flavours of the Market will uncover delights and iconic South Australian cuisine – a great way to discover new favourites and immerse yourself in the Adelaide Central Market atmosphere.

This self-guided tour showcases some of the very best local and artisan produce and is inspired by the market’s melting pot of cultures, from traditional Italian pizza and pasta to authentic French charcuterie, the uniquely crafted delights of Kangaroo Island and native game meats, plus fare from Indigenous-owned Something Wild.

Collect your self-guided tour map and bag and follow the suggested path to discover some of South Australia’s best produce, meet expert makers and enjoy special offers and discounts. Tours include a $10 gift card to spend anywhere in the market.


Sofitel Adelaide’s Signature Champagne Dinner

Sofitel Adelaide

7pm 3 May


Tasting Australia 2023

The finest French champagne is set to meet its culinary match at this lavish degustation.

Gather at the Sofitel Adelaide for a luxurious, one-of-a-kind experience. Each of the meal’s six courses will be paired with exclusive champagnes, among them Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Ruinart, Moët & Chandon and Dom Perignon.

Guests will gather in the beautiful Symphony Room on level nine of the hotel – a space with sweeping views across the city and coastline – and are set to be hosted by a Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy brand ambassador.

Opened in 2021 and found in Currie Street, Sofitel is Adelaide’s first internationally recognised five-star hotel – a space that offers relaxation and inspiration in equal measure.


Sofitel Adelaide’s Tasting Australia High Tea

Garçon Bleu, Sofitel Adelaide

12:30pm 28 & 29 April, and 6 & 7 May

$49 – $89

Indulge in Sofitel Adelaide’s special Tasting Australia High Tea.

Hosted in the beautiful and contemporary Garçon Bleu, this high tea will be a culinary journey of savoury and sweet, featuring the finest seasonal local produce in a new autumn menu with a French twist. Be greeted with a glass of premium South Australian sparkling, then enjoy coffee and tea at your leisure.


Wine & Women naturally

Cove Civic Centre

6:30pm 3 May


Tasting Australia 2023

Rachel Signer’s first taste of pétillant-naturel – pet-nat for short –sparked a journey of self-discovery that shaped her personally and professionally. Join the US-born afficionado to discuss the book she wrote chronicling the adventure: You Had Me at Pét-Nat: A Natural Wine-Soaked Memoir.

Accompanying Signer will be Olivia Moore from LOC Bottle Bar, Adelaide’s go-to destination for natural and minimal intervention drops. Sample standouts while enjoying locally sourced organic grazing platters. Books and wine will be available for sale after the talk.


It’s all about the “R” word

Victory Hotel, Sellicks Hill

4pm 4 May


In search of Burgundy’s best? The Victory Hotel can help.

Join owner Doug Govan and wine columnist Nick Ryan as they share a dazzling selection of 2019 wines from this iconic French region. You’ll begin with Ruinart Blancs de Blancs NV Champagne, then explore selections from the revered trio of Domaine Roulot, Domaine François Raveneau and Domaine Rousseau Père et Fils.

Settle in with Govan and Ryan to enjoy irreplaceable gems from three fabulous producers. These are rare, beautiful wines from the exceptional 2019 vintage – world-famous for good reason and united by the letter r. Savour their nuances and learn more about the qualities and vineyards that set each apart. A very special tasting awaits.


Under the category of The Tasting Table, you will find wine events across various Adelaide locations. Some of these events are the opportunity to discover wines that you don’t often get to see in Adelaide or even Australia.


Tasting Australia 2023Special Sparkling

Fino Vino

11am 28 April


Revel in a selection of exceptional fizz from the wider Champagne region – producers working all the way to Chablis. You know the big houses; it’s time to meet their boutique counterparts.


White Burgundy

Mother Vine

2pm 7 May


White Burgundy deserves all the hype. Its fans are many, its nuances profound. Ready to indulge? Join South Australian winemaker Charlie Seppelt for a tasting of regional standouts.




Stem Bar and Restaurant

6:30 pm 4 May


Adelaide dining destination Stem is hosting an unforgettable night of food and wine inspired by an unheralded source of remarkable produce: France’s Loire Valley.

Explore the region’s food through a four-course, Loire-inspired tasting menu crafted by Darcy Dawes and Sam Clarkson using 100 per cent South Australian-sourced ingredients.

Navigate the wine varietals and techniques of the Loire through eight carefully paired wines. Four will be from the Loire Valley, with four to be the same varietals grown right here in South Australia – all back-to-back.

This Tasting Australia event promises to enliven the senses and introduce you to some of the world’s great winemaking, culinary techniques and fresh produce.


Australia vs The World – Chardonnay Tasting – SOLD OUT – JOIN THE WAITLIST

Jennie Wine Bar

12pm 29 April


Treat your palate to top expressions of chardonnay from Australia, New Zealand, France and America through this fun-filled tasting.

Hosted at Jennie Wine Bar in Adelaide’s Peel Street, expect an afternoon of exceptional wine paired with delicious Australian cheeses.

Guiding you through the afternoon will be industry experts and chardonnay lovers alike.

Why was chardonnay chosen? Because while its homeland lies in Burgundy, the team at Jennie think it’s the one grape that can truly make world-class examples outside its spiritual home.


Sashimi, Sushi & Champagne Masterclass – SOLD OUT  – JOIN THE WAITLIST

Koomo Restaurant and Bar, Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Various dates and times


Come join Crowne Plaza Adelaide’s culinary team at a sushi and sashimi masterclass perfectly complemented by bubbles.

Gather at 10th-floor restaurant Koomo and learn how to roll sushi, slice sashimi and plate artfully – all with a backdrop of panoramic city views.

Learn new skills and take home your very own sashimi knife: a memento sure to impress guests at your next dinner party. A champagne masterclass will also take place during this Tasting Australia event, with vintage and non-vintage bottles to feature.

Guests will be guided through every step of sushi and sashimi preparation, creating dishes fit for a food-blogger’s Instagram!




4pm 28 April


It’s a classic sommelier move: stashing special bottles from an overseas jaunt in the suitcase to enjoy at home. Now comes your chance to share them. Discover international gems otherwise impossible to find in Australia.


Wines you might taste at the world’s best restaurant – SOLD OUT – JOIN THE WAITLIST

Leigh Street Wine Room

4pm 6 May


You know noma. It’s among the world’s great restaurants – and naturally its wine list is impeccable. Discover the wines and philosophy of noma alongside the restaurant’s former manager James Spreadbury.




Kay Brothers Wines, McLaren Vale

12pm 30 April


Kay Brothers Wines

Take GSM and raise it to the power of three with Kay Brothers wines in McLaren Vale. Guests will taste each individual variety from Kay Brothers alongside the same varietal from two international wine regions, exploring the origins and versatility of each – and how Australian wines compare.

Try grenache from McLaren Vale, Garnacha from Rioja and Grenache from the Rhone Valley. Discover Mataro from McLaren Vale, Monastrell from Valencia and Mourvèdre from the Languedoc. Sip Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Syrah from the Rhone Valley and Syrah from Cortona. Then bring all the varieties together again to experience their power, complexity and nuances as one blended wine. An expertly matched menu will be paired with each flight.


WHAT: Tasting Australia 2023

WHERE: Various locations in Adelaide and South Australia

WHEN: Various dates from 28 April to 7 May 2023

HOW: Purchase your tickets via the event links above or view the whole program via this link:

HOW MUCH: Prices vary depending on the event

For other events with French and Francophone links happening in Australia this April, check out our What’s on in April article.

What would be your dream food and wine event?



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