Have you ever thought to yourself, mid-croissant and cafe au lait, that perhaps you were destined to call the City of Light home? That the sleek fashion, buttery entrées and full-bodied merlots of France are your true native roots? Well, you can save yourself the plane ticket, because from November 29 to December 1, Paris to Provence Melbourne will bring all the best bits of France to you. Put on your best Parisian pout and sashay down to the Como House and Garden to sample traditional French delicacies, sip many a wine and immerse yourself in that je ne sais quoi of French culture.
This year the Francophile festival, which has been running for ten years, has new owners: Milk the Cow fromagerie. And you know what that means — more cheese. As well as hosting its regular cheese-filled stall, Milk the Cow will be running cheese and booze pairing masterclasses (with either sparkling wines, red and white wines or French cider) for $40 a pop.
There'll also be live music, fancy dress parties for dogs, sabrage (opening champagne bottles with a sword) demonstrations, champagne breakfasts, French feasts and champagne masterclasses.
If none of that tickles your fancy (did we mention there will be croissants?), the Paris to Provence marketplace also includes a veritable feast of over 50 stalls, covering off all the food and wine, fashion, homewares, gifts, language, books and travel tips you could ask for. Expect hot melty raclette, crêpes, lobster rolls, crème brûlée and a myriad of pastries.
Paris to Provence runs from 12–9pm Friday, 10am–9pm Saturday and 10am–9pm Sunday.