The Brisbane French Festival 2014 encompassed what I as a travel blogger aim to do – encourage others to immerse themselves in other cultures and lifestyles. Filled with French and French-inspired music, cuisine, entertainment, products, services and information to celebrate Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale, there was plenty for attendees to see and do over the weekend.
Situated in the heart of Brisbane, South Bank played host to the Brisbane French Festival. With gorgeous blue skies and warm sunny days, you would not have guessed it was the middle of winter. Being adjacent to the Cultural Centre Busway, it was easily accessed by patrons via public transport.
In my opinion the amazing variety of French food on offer was the most significant attraction for attendees. Baguettes, croissants, crepes, pastries, sweets, you name it, there was a stall for it. Word of warning though, the lines got very long so my suggestion would be to get there well before or after the peak hour at around midday to avoid long waits. I can personally recommend the ham and brie baguette sandwich which was lovely! Even though I didn’t get a chance to try the strawberry and cream French waffles, they also appeared to be a huge hit.
There was a vast array of options on offer for wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts. An entire marquee was dedicated to wine tasting and there was always a friendly worker behind each stall to answer any questions or help out beginners like myself.
One of my favourite parts of this event was the effort people put into dressing up for the occasion. It wasn’t just the organizers and volunteers donning french outfits, many patrons were rocking berets, classic stripes, and emanating Parisian style.
Throughout the weekend there were entertainers wandering the festival and performing on the main stage. Parkour, mime artists, jugglers, magicians, cooking demonstrations and singers to list just a few – the diversity of the acts meant there was something to interest everyone. There was a particular focus on children’s activities which meant the event was very popular among families.
As I attended the event as a photographer I had the pleasure of meeting some of the organizers and volunteers involved in the preparation. The enthusiasm and passion they had for sharing the French way of life and contributing to Queensland’s cultural vibrancy is a testament to the success and vibrant atmosphere of the festival.
Overall, the Brisbane French Festival was an enjoyable weekend that is a great addition to Brisbane’s cultural scene. A great outing for families in particular, I recommend making a day trip out of the event when it comes around again next year. As you receive a day pass this also gives you the chance to visit nearby attractions such as the Queensland Museum or GOMA. Personally, as the date of departure for my ‘2015 year of travels’ draws nearer, the Brisbane French Festival came as a refreshing insight into a European culture that I am eager to experience first hand.
For more information about the Brisbane French Festival click here.
Entry: $5 AUD
Suitcase And I attended the Brisbane French Festival 2014 as a volunteer photographer, however my opinion is as always, my own.