Last week I attended So Frenchy So Chic in the Park in Sydney. And it was everything I had hoped for and more.
We were weary about the weather (as it had been raining constantly days before) but it had cleared up to an overcast, yet warm day. The venue was gorgeous at St John’s Park on the grounds of the University of Sydney.
I had packed us a quintessentially French picnic of charcuterie (which included a pork and pistachio terrine, Serrano Jamon, Comté, Roquefort, and Camembert cheeses, and cornichons), a baguette and a picnic blanket. Alcohol had to be purchased on site. We polished off two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and a Lillet Wine cocktail each (so refreshing!). There was a line of food stalls at the venue and included a Crêperie, Raclette stand and macaron stand for those who chose to buy. Simmone Logue hampers could also be pre-ordered for those who were extra organised.
I had my hair braided by a stylist at The Braid Bar after a little bit of a wait (although not as long as the neighbouring flower garlands stand).
There was a touching tribute to those affected by the tragic events in Paris with a minute silence, as well as a wall of condolences for other atrocities.
When the bands started, the mood lifted, bodies swayed, wine glasses waved. The atmosphere felt very Parisian. You could certainly feel the joie de vivre in the air. It took me back to a time when I sat in the Jardin des Tuileries at dusk with friends, cheese, wine and a baguette.
This year’s featured acts were Hindi Zahra, Brigitte, Lou Doillon, and Soviet Suprem with a DJ playing between performances. Seeing the bands play live brought an extra dimension to the music I had heard on the CDs I described in my previous article Frenchie Finds: So Frenchy So Chic 2016.
The concept of So Frenchy So Chic is to give Australia a taste of French music and culture, it most definitely succeeded in doing that. Definitely something to add to your summer calendar, whether you are a francophile or not, as a lovely day out.
For more information on future events, check out the So Frenchy So Chic Website.
I’m looking forward to blogging much more Parisian and French inspiration this year.
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