Welcome to largest picnic in Sydney. If you were a French artist, would you fly all the way to Australia to perform? At this gig, absolutely.
We set ourselves up with beach towels and scarves as blankets under the shaded tree area near the main stage. Within two hours, the park was packed to the brim with festive French-wannabes — everyone looked fabulous, floating about in navy, striped or floral dresses, heads crowned with flowers and sporting cute braided hairstyles.
La musique line-up was well planned to suit the various changing moods of the day as the afternoon drifted into evening. Sophie Guidon provided the perfect opening with an easy listening and quirky sound, followed by more instrumentals and stylish beats from Bertrand Belin and The Limiñanas.
Nouvelle Vague brought the crowd to their feet with an energetic performance, ensuring that by the time Deluxe hit the stage, the roaring cheers could be heard from the other side of Glebe.
So Frenchy So Chic caters for everything from a chilled afternoon picnic with friends, to a luxurious bean bag experience under white umbrellas reminiscent of a French summer. Surrounded by flower stalls and hay bales, enjoy sipping wine and bubbles while helping yourself to the treats from one of the hampers on offer.
Although I would recommend taking some nibbles to contribute to the picnic spread, the array of stalls at the event provide everything from coffee to croissants — not to mention the ultimate French baguette sandwich.
An impressive element of So Frenchy So Chic is the entertainment on offer for kids. Drum workshops, hola hooping and wooden toy games kept the younger audience occupied throughout the day. The photo booth was another popular stand, offering attendees the chance to step into an exotic portrait of New Caledonia.
If the French aesthete has always seemed appealing yet slightly over-reaching in aeroplane miles, then this might just be the event for you.
Aoibheann is a really tanned Irish writer and photographer who is waiting for the day she can earn a living from sunbathing, going to the gym, reading Charles Dickens and eating ridiculous amounts of mangoes in Asia. Follow her on @vegan__ventures.
Disclosure: The Plus Ones were the invited guests of So Frenchy So Chic.
Image credit: Aoibheann Schwartz.