The wildly popular French-style picnic in the park is back for a sixth year with an all-female music line-up
While French wine and garden dining might immediately entice Melbourne's Francophiles to this annual Parisian summer party, the music at this year’s So Frenchy So Chic will really bowl them over. With a completely lady-powered line-up, the festival is supporting France’s recent wave of successful female artists making their way to the front of the country’s traditionally male-dominated music industry.
On stage, you’ll hear Camille Dalmais’ award-winning album Le Fil, which features the playful Triple J 2006 hit ‘Ta Douleur.’ She’ll be joined by the electro-pop band Yelle and Clara Luciani, who is the quirky former front woman of psych-punk rock band La Femme. They’ll also welcome new talent Cléa Vincent who started performing at Paris’ open mic nights before breaking into the national limelight with her YouTube hit 'Château Perdu'.
Beyond these exciting feme-focused performances, one of the best things about So Frenchy So Chic is spending the day drinking Champagne on the grass. If you’re smart, you’ll pre-order the hampers, which include roasted chicken or ratatouille baguettes to goose egg meringues and berry salads with crème fraiche. Prefer to follow whatever the joie de vivre brings on the day? There’ll be stallholders selling mussels, oysters, charcuterie, raclette, crêpes and macarons. Plus, the Cointreau Fizz bar will be pouring Laurent Perrier Champagne, rosé, cocktails, Bordeaux wines and Provence beers.
So Frenchy is a family-friendly festival and kids under 12 can attend free of charge. They’ll have activities to entertain the enfant terrible, from face painting to bubble artists, drumming classes and lawn games like pétanque and croquet.
And if that's not enough Frenchiness, you can party the night away at the Mansion Hotel at the official after party.