L’AMOUR FOR FRANCE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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