Bonjour la France
Don your beret and Breton stripes to celebrate all things French at Brisbane’s Le Festival.
Le Festival, a celebration of French food, wine and culture will once again transform the South Bank Cultural Forecourt into a Parisian marketplace on 5-7 July.
Run solely by volunteers, Le Festival is home to an exclusive selection of design and craft products, culinary delicacies, wines, champagnes and a diverse line-up of French entertainment.
Prepare to devour your bodyweight in mousse au chocolat, macarons, croissants, coq au vin, croque monsieur, baguette sandwich and escargots.
Francophiles can also participate in a series of masterclasses designed to celebrate the richness of French culture. During the three-day program you can discover your inner gourmand, create a watercolour masterpiece, develop your knowledge of French wine, cheese and champagne and even make your own perfume to take home.
Top Le Festival food picks
Not your average cheese toastie. Enjoy the iconic baked ham and gruyere cheese toasted sandwich stacked with velvety béchamel sauce and topped with melted cheese. Add a fried egg to upgrade to a Croque Madame.
Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer something more savoury, the very thin crêpe pancakes can be filled with almost anything. Popular fillings include Nutella and whipped cream, lemon juice and icing sugar, and mushrooms and cheese.
Don’t be put off by the idea of eating snails. This French delicacy is baked with a sizzling garlic and parsley-butter sauce and has a texture similar to mussels. Mop up the excess sauce with a crusty hunk of baguette.
Cheese lovers will rejoice at the chance to eat raclette, a semi-hard swish cheese that is heated and scraped from the rind directly on to diner’s places. Enjoy with baby potatoes, cornichons (gherkins), pickled onions and jambon cru (dried ham) and saucisson (salami).