If you can’t afford a trip to Paris and are still a Francophile, then the So Frenchy So Chic festival is for you. Held at Werribee Park, the gardens were in full bloom — a beautiful setting for the day. The flowers weren’t just visible in the gardens, but also prevalent amongst the patrons. There was a bounty of botany — floral prints, floral wreaths, and floral arbors galore. The guests were certainly chic and dressed in their finest attire. Big hats, rouge lips, and oversized sunglasses.
After walking past the fantastically enchanting gardens we reached the festival grounds, located at the Werribee Mansion. After a couple of drinks (or five), the building was nearly reminiscent of Versailles.
My date and I sat down on a plaid blanket and faced the stage, which of course featured a lineup of French musicians. La musique = oh la la.
There was a variety of alcoholic beverages to sip on, from Cointreau to Kronenberg Blanc 1664. To start off the afternoon we first had an aperitif, a glass of Chablis. There was also an array of artisanal cuisine to nibble on: calamari, oysters (mon amour), raclette, crepes, mussels, baguettes, croquettes and charcuterie boards. If it was French, it was there.
On a gorgeous sunny Sunday, Werribee is where you want to be (cheesy, yes, but hey, the French love their fromage). We had a lovely time, best explained as a ‘lavish bourgeoisie picnic in the park’. It had a particular je ne sais quoi. Free for kids, it was a joyous, jovial soiree.
And to the event, I take my beret off. For now, au revoir mes amies!
Leah Sparks is a Canadian girl living in Melbourne. Other than her love for maple syrup, she digs the outdoors, live gigs, beer, the 70s and cruising around Fitzroy with her white wolf.