Program Details

What’s happening where and when.

The program for the weekend’s activities at the Sunshine Coast French Festival is jam-packed with French-style fun. We have music and dance on the Main Stage and cooking demonstrations on the Cuisine Corner as well as roving entertainers and specialty Masterclasses.

The program guide below will give you the opportunity to plan your day, but remember that the details are subject to change if necessary.


TimeEventLocationDescription
Friday
5:00 PMFestival Film NightMain StageFree outdoor film screening.
Saturday
10:00 AMFestival Gates OpenDe Vene AvenueLet the Festival begin
10:00 AMWine Tasting and Sampling all dayWine PavilionAn opportunity to sample a selection of premium French wines that are available in Australia
10:05 AMMusic Students PerformanceMain StageLocal music students will perform their French repertoire
10:45 AMBienvenue-Welcome and Nation AnthemsMain StageWelcome to the festival; Acknowledgement of traditional owners; National anthems
11:00 AMChampagne MasterclassPresentation Marquee 190 minute Champagne Masterclass with Ken Gargett
11:00 AMBrushstrokes and BubblesPresentation Marquee 22 hour painting class in French style with a glass of sparkling wine
11:30 AMGirl Friday BandMain StageFrench Jazz and more
11:30 AMCuisine Corner Cooking DemonstrationCuisine CornerFrench cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants
12:30 PMCan Can RoutineMain StageMarissa Burgess and her troupe of girls perform the Can Can
1:00 PMSnail Eating CompetitionMain StageCompetition to discover a snail eating champion
1:45 PMBeret Record AttemptMain StageJoin our attempt at a world record for the most beret wearers
2:15 PMGirl Friday BandMain StageFrench Jazz and more
2:30 PMWine Lovers Masterclass
Presentation Marquee 190 minute French wine appreciation masterclass with Ken Gargett
2:30 PMFromage Masterclass
Presentation Marquee 2Delve into the world of French cheese with Pierre from Le Fromage Yard
3:00 PMCuisine Corner Cooking DemonstrationCuisine CornerFrench cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants
3:15 PMBurlesque RoutineMain StageMarissa Burgess and her troupe of girls perform a burlesque routine
3:45 PMFashion ParadeMain StageFrench or French inspired ... nobody does fashion like the French
4:30 PMFeather RoutineMain Stage
5:00 PMGirl Friday BandMain StageFrench Jazz and more
6:00 PMCuisine Corner Cooking DemonstrationCuisine CornerFrench cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants
6:00 PMRed CherriesMain StageHeadlining the evening's entertainment - Red Cherries Band with Marissa Burgess and Brett Hitchcock
Sunday
10:00 AM SunFestival Gates OpenDe Vene AvenueDay two festivities
10:05 AM SunMusic Students PerformanceMain StageLocal music students will perform their French repertoire
10:30 AM SunBienvenue-Welcome and Nation AnthemsMain StageWelcome to the festival; Acknowledgement of traditional owners; National anthems
10:30 AM SunCuisine Corner Cooking DemonstrationCuisine CornerFrench cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants
11:00 AM SunMan'Ouchemain StageFrench Gypsy Jazz
11:00 AM SunChampagne MasterclassPresentation Marquee 190 minute Champagne Masterclass with Ken Gargett
11:00 AM SunBrushstrokes and BubblesPresentation Marquee 22 hour painting class in French style with a glass of sparkling wine
12:00 PM SunRubatubaMain StageFun traditional French sounds with an eccentric flavour
1:00 PM SunMan'OucheMain StageFrench Gypsy Jazz
1:00 PM SunCuisine Corner Cooking DemonstrationCuisine CornerFrench cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants
2:00 PM SunGirl Friday BandMain StageFrench Lounge Jazz and more
2:00 PM SunWine Lovers Masterclass
Presentation Marquee 190 minute French wine appreciation masterclass with Ken Gargett
2:30 PM SunFromage Masterclass
Presentation Marquee 2Delve into the world of French cheese with Pierre from Le Fromage Yard
3:00 PM SunMan'OucheMain StageFrench Gypsy Jazz
3:45 PM SunAu Revoir-Farewell : Festival ClosingMain Stagea bientot - until next year

Film Night

On the Friday evening prior to the main festival event, the Sunshine Coast French festival will hold a special screening of a French themed film for the enjoyment of the local community.

Winner of five Academy Awards – Hugo

Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo’s job is to oil and maintain the station’s clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father (Jude Law). Accompanied by the goddaughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) of an embittered toy merchant (Ben Kingsley), Hugo embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.

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Gates Open


The main gate to the festival on De Vene Avenue will open at 10:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday.

Bienvenue – Welcome – Acknowledgement – National Anthems

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Girl Friday Band – French Jazz

Girl FridayGirl Friday, a recent addition to the Sunny Coast jazz and blues scene, is already gathering a small army of loyal fans who come out to listen to their smooth standards and cool originals. Michele G, who fronts the quartet with her dulcet tones and deep lyrics, has been likened to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin with her soulful delivery, honed over years of performing in Australia and Europe. It’s the actor in her that extracts the meaning from every tune, experience gained during her time treading the boards on the UK musical theatre scene. Her partner in crime is established bassist/guitarist, Logan McIvor, an accomplished musician and songwriter who performs everything from Bach to the Beatles and beyond. Making up the remainder of the quartet are Jon Owens, with his sensual sax solos adding spice to every tune, and jazz drummer, Peter Coombs, using a variety of sticks and brushes to bring out the beat from every song.

Marissa Burgess’ Cabaret de Paris Troupe

“Her success and longevity in the industry can be attributed to Marissa’s realisation that she had to be more than simply a dancer, so she set about becoming the consummate showgirl.” – Dance Life

Marissa and the girls will be performing a number of routines. Of course there’s the famous Can Can as well as a Burlesque and the seductive Feather routines.

Snail Eating Competition

Considered a delicacy by the French, these snails, or escargot, are not to be confused with the ones found in your lettuce patch. Join in the fun and see who is best at eating these critters.

Beret Record Attempt


The gauntlet was thrown down last year by the Bonjour French Festival challenging other events to create a world record for the number of people wearing berets in the same place at the same time. Help us to create this sea of coloured headwear in front of the main stage. Don’t worry if you don’t have a beret, you can buy one at the merchandise stall. Let’s show the world how stylish the Sunshine Coast French festival can be!

Fashion Parade

Nobody does fashion like the French … and today we sample a taste of that style with designs and fashion looks from local and international designers.

Red Cherries

Red CherriesRed Cherries have been entertaining audiences for years across a variety of styles, and with Marissa’s love of France and her background with the Moulin Rouge, they will be performing a special French repertoire to headline the main stage on Saturday evening. This show is set to be a winner.

Man’Ouche

Man'OucheSunshine Coast based duo, Man’Ouche have been playing their brand of French Gypsy Jazz (the music style developed by Django Reinhardt) to rave reviews and welcoming audiences.

Arnaud, the son of a music teacher from Dunkerque in the north of France has been singing for as long as he can remember and since meeting gypsy friends 10 years ago has surrendered himself to the swinging vibes of gypsy jazz. Paying tribute to the songs of Georges Brassens and others of the popular French repertoire.

A chance meeting with pianist, Daniel on the Sunshine Coast at an open mic session saw the start of this duo, with Daniel bringing a powerful presence to the manouche rhythms served by poetic french lyrics, in and around gypsy jazz classics.

Rubatuba

RubatubaThis colourful, fun and very French duo of Francoise and Steven play a fabulous selection of traditional and not so traditional tunes that blend perfectly with the festival atmosphere. Based in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Rubatuba have performed at many multicultural festivals and markets throughout southeast Queensland.