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

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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


Love cheese? Read our other cheese-themed articles

It’s Cheese Soufflé Day!

Which French mouldy cheese to eat for Moldy Cheese Day tomorrow

Cheese Lovers’ Day: cheese subscriptions

Fondue Day is Sunday but what do nuns have to do with fondue?



Enter your email to subscribe to new article notifications about all things French and francophone in Australia

Bastille Festival Sydney returns bigger and better in 2022

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Marking 10 years since its first festival in 2012, Bastille Festival Sydney is back with its Food, Wine & Art Revolution in the heart of Sydney. A French-inspired winter Festival bringing the best food, wine and art to the Customs House forecourt. They’re calling it a “A Feast’ival – a culinary journey to France without the jetlag”.

Bastille Festival Sydney

Here’s some of what you’ll find at Bastille Festival Sydney:

  • The Parisian Foodie Village​ (located in front of Customs House): over 70 food stalls selling traditional French foodie treats, such as raclette and fondue from the Alps, choucroute and flammkuchen from the East of France, crepes and cheeses from Normandy as well as saucisson, fresh baguettes, soups, croque-monsieur and more!
    Bastille Festival Sydney
  • Chef Village (next to the Museum of Contemporary Art) – the main entertainment stage -speciality dishes with a French fusion from a selection of Bastille Festival Sydney’s favourite restaurants – think Camembert Arancini, Creamy mushrooms Gnocchi, French Paella, Churros with French Jams and so much more. 30 recipes have been created exclusively for the Bastille Festival Sydney!
  • Watch Tefal chefs prepare their take on French dishes masterclasses: Justine Schofield with her take on the snails bourguignon or Jason Roberts prepare a unique Soupe à l’oignon (onion soup)… and even better, you will also taste it!
  • Free hands-on cooking sessions – try your hand at crepe making (bookings required: )
  • A wine walk of 8 wine regions across 8 les bars à vin (wine bars) – travel through the wines from Bordeaux, Bourgogne and Provence wines, while strolling from Circular Quay to the Rocks. Book your Bastille Festival Wine Walk here:
    Bastille Festival Sydney
  • Mulled wine chalets – warm up with a delicious glass of vin chaud – delicious spiced wine beverage full of cinnamon, star anise and cloves.
  • French craft beers – if wine isn’t your thing (or even if it is), you can try French craft beers at First Fleet Park.
  • Wine & Cheese Feast – a 2 hour Sommelier led journey through France’s finest wine and cheese regions hosted in a private house in The Rocks. Book your feast here:



WHAT: Bastille Festival Sydney

WHERE: Customs House forecourt and Loftus street, SYDNEY

WHEN: Four days and nights to indulge

  • Thursday 14th of July : 12pm – 10pm
  • Friday 15th of July : 10am – 11pm
  • Saturday 16th of July : 10am – 11pm.
  • Sunday 17th of July : 10am – 8pm

HOW: Just show up (except if you want to attend the masterclasses or ticketed experiences, in which case, purchase your ticket via the Bastille Festival Sydney website:

HOW MUCH: Entry is free except for the ticketed experiences


Will you be attending Bastille Festival Sydney?


For other ways to celebrate Bastille Day 2022 around Australia, click here.



Enter your email to subscribe to new article notifications about all things French and francophone in Australia