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

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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.

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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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Two exciting free French installations to see at Vivid Sydney 2023

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Vivid Sydney 2023 starts in two and a half weeks and this year there are two exciting installations from France for you to enjoy. The artists behind these installations have been exhibited around the world in Tokyo, Singapore, Madrid, Paris, and now we get to see them in Sydney!


Vivid Sydney 2023

Waterlight Graffiti

Pick up a brush, stamp or spray, and make your mark with Waterlight Graffiti – no paint required! Inspired by the practice of ‘dishu’ in China, where artists paint ephemeral but elaborate water calligraphies on the ground that evaporate and disappear completely, Antonin Fourneau created a new technology, a moisture-responsive LED board.


Part dishu, part ‘Etch A Sketch’, Waterlight Graffiti is a large electronic blackboard that you can ‘paint’ with water, each stroke immediately transforming into light. Unleash your inner artist, or just have a scribble – whatever your creation, it’ll shine bright for minutes, before it fades to make way for a new ‘layer’ of graffiti.


ARTIST BIO: Antonin Fourneau is a digital artist based in Marseille, France who creates interactive art that plays with popular culture, games, ancient practices, and new technology. After first creating Waterlight Graffiti in 2012, which uses patented technology to create a moisture-responsive LED board, he continues to build innovative ways to provoke intrirgue and suspense. Antonin has had residencies across institutions in Tokyo, Madrid, Paris and Auckland, exhibitions and installations across the globe, and currently teaches digital design at French game and interactive design school ENJMIN.


Vivid Sydney 2023

Voiture 21

All aboard Voiture 21, where there’s no ticket needed to travel Australia and the world. Dreamlike landscapes flicker by, projected on the walls of the abandoned tunnel at the end of The Goods Line. All of the footage is taken from the artist’s own travels with new footage filmed in Sydney and the Blue Mountains and surrounds, encouraging us to think about our own travels and where we’re travelling to. But for now, with no destination, simply take in the view and daydream as you speed past busy cities, empty beaches, snowy mountains and more.


ARTIST BIO: Milosh Luczynski is a French visual artist and performer based in Paris. A pioneer of Vjing in the mid 90s, he has collaborated with countless electronic musicians, composers, poets and media artists, and has performed and displayed his works across the globe, exhibiting at the likes of the Palais de Tokyo, Kunsthause Baselland, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, National Gallery Singapore and more.



WHAT: Vivid Sydney 2023

WHERE: various locations in Sydney

WHEN: 26 May to 17 June 2023

HOW: No need to book tickets for these events but some Vivid Sydney events are ticketed and their tickets can be purchased via the Vivid Sydney website

HOW MUCH: These two events are free!


What’s been your favourite Vivid Sydney experience?


For more events with links to France and the Francophonie happening in Australia, check out our What’s on in May article.



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