So Frenchy So Chic

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Time Out says

The wildly popular French-style picnic in the park returns to Werribee Mansion this summer

While French wine and garden dining might immediately entice Melbourne's Francophiles to this annual Parisian summer party, it's the always stellar line-up of French musicians that really puts the "chic" in "So Frenchy So Chic".

The 2020 line-up has been announced and leading it is French disco queen Corine. She’ll be joined by SFSC alumna Lou Doillon, new wave band Nouvelle Vague (which literally translates as ‘new wave’), the bluesy Tété (he’s been described as the Ben Harper of France) and a DJ set from Gotan Project. 

One of the best things about So Frenchy So Chic is spending the day drinking Champagne on the grass while snacking gluttonously. If you’re smart, you’ll pre-order the hampers, which this year will be curated by the likes of Milk the Cow, Hotel Gitan and Bar Margaux. Hampers will include tasty French dishes like quiche Lorraine, croque monsieurs, bourguignonne brioche buns with ham hock, tarte bourdaloue aux poires and port chicken liver and foie gras parfait. Those with adventurous palates can also try what's being billed as the world's first black forest mustard macaron, the result of a collaboration between Maille Mustard and 2019 Masterchef Australia winner Larissa Takchi. 

Washing all that down will be cocktails, beer, French wine and Champagne at a number of pop-up bars. L'Or Espresso is also setting up a Parisian-style café terrace where you can enjoy free coffee tasting as well as Espresso Martinis. Those looking for a little chill can head to the New Caledonia resort zone where you’ll find complimentary hammocks and massages.

So Frenchy is a family-friendly festival and kids under 12 can attend free of charge. There will be activities to entertain the enfant terrible, from face painting to flower crown workshops and lawn games like pétanque and croquet.

Tickets are on sale now.
Update 06/01/20: Tickets bought on Monday, January 6 before 7pm will have 100 per cent of sales donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Recovery Fund.

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