L’AMOUR FOR FRANCE
THE Bonjour French Festival this month is set to be bigger than last year, with French chef Louis Boeglin graduating from hosting a stall to catering the VIP section.
More than 12,000 people flocked to enjoy the inaugural event's 70 stalls, 100 French cars and works of 70 artists, but this year the scope has been widened from France to French-speaking nations to include food, art, fashion, culture, games and entertainment from Mauritius, West Africa and Quebec.
Mr Boeglin, who is from the north-east of France and now owns a patisserie with his wife Yllana Boeglin, will return to dazzle VIPs with his French-themed treats.
“Last year we had a stall at the festival but it was the beginning of our business; we had just started two weeks earlier,” he said.
“This year my wife will be at the stall and I will be in the VIP section; we will have a few different food options with a choice of three desserts, including gluten free.”
The $95 per ticket VIP area includes an eight-course degustation menu, entertainment and exclusive French wines.
For most, though, entry will be by gold coin donation and proceeds will go to Manna to help feed the homeless.
Last year's festival raised more than $11,000 for Path Of Hope, which offers refuge, assistance and resources to women experiencing domestic violence.