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    Posted by Jennifer Anderson July 21, 2014 - 801 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #entertainment  #familyfriendly  #kidsentertainment  #BFF  #CulturalFestival  #FoodAndDrink  #FrenchFood  #SouthBank 

    Every year many cultural festivals make their mark on South Bank’s cultural forecourt. Take a short walk from the southern end of Queen Street Mall, across the Victoria Bridge, to South Bank.

     

     

    This year Australia’s largest French festival ran across the 12th and 13th of July. This year an entry fee of $5 got us into a prolific display of French appreciation, with free entry offered fo under 12’s. The dedicated Kids’ Corner provided free entry to all. 

     


    Before arriving, you better loosen your belt or throw it out altogether. This year the festival enjoyed 59 foodie exhibitors – all with offerings that would tempt even the least culinary inclined. The food on offer included imported foie gras, terrines and paté, pastries, freshly made crepes and omelettes, baguettes and macaroons. I opted for a crème caramel, croque monsieur and éclair.

     

     

     


    Further indulgence in the form of French wine and spirits could be found at the Le Bar, complemented by neighbouring accordion and saxophone sounds.

     

     

     


    The other 50 exhibitors offered support for all your French endeavours in Brisbane – language schools, flight carriers, French-inspired hair, homewares and more. As we explored the exhibitors roving entertainers stole our attention and delighted children.

     


    The entertainment line-up was truly impressive and was a display of French culture both inside and outside of France. Saturday presented the fuller program, staying up late with a burlesque show and DJ set of French and French-inspired music. The program included cooking demos, French songs and piano, French cancan dancers, fencing demos, and an education in cheese, to name just a handful. Diversified French culture was exemplified by French Polynesian shows and dances from Tahiti and Borabora.

     


    The Kids’ Corner stage featured a dedicated program, designed for little minds. A stilt walker, French mime and magic delighted little hearts.

     

     

    The Brisbane French Festival conveniently served up French culture in Brisbane at South Bank’s beautiful riverside location.
    My picks of the best French food destinations in Brisbane that were on display at the festival this year are: C’est Bon restaurant, French Martini and Le Bon Choix. If your sweet tooth is particularly hard to tame I recommend giving Chouquette a go too.

     

    Words and images by Jennifer Anderson

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