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.
|5:00 PM||Festival Film Night||Main Stage||Free outdoor film screening.|
|10:00 AM||Festival Gates Open||De Vene Avenue||Let the Festival begin|
|10:00 AM||Wine Tasting and Sampling all day||Wine Pavilion||An opportunity to sample a selection of premium French wines that are available in Australia|
|10:05 AM||Music Students Performance||Main Stage||Local music students will perform their French repertoire|
|10:45 AM||Bienvenue-Welcome and Nation Anthems||Main Stage||Welcome to the festival; Acknowledgement of traditional owners; National anthems|
|11:00 AM||Champagne Masterclass||Presentation Marquee 1||90 minute Champagne Masterclass with Ken Gargett|
|11:00 AM||Brushstrokes and Bubbles||Presentation Marquee 2||2 hour painting class in French style with a glass of sparkling wine|
|11:30 AM||Girl Friday Band||Main Stage||French Jazz and more|
|11:30 AM||Cuisine Corner Cooking Demonstration||Cuisine Corner||French cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants|
|12:30 PM||Can Can Routine||Main Stage||Marissa Burgess and her troupe of girls perform the Can Can|
|1:00 PM||Snail Eating Competition||Main Stage||Competition to discover a snail eating champion|
|1:45 PM||Beret Record Attempt||Main Stage||Join our attempt at a world record for the most beret wearers|
|2:15 PM||Girl Friday Band||Main Stage||French Jazz and more|
|2:30 PM||Wine Lovers Masterclass||Presentation Marquee 1||90 minute French wine appreciation masterclass with Ken Gargett|
|2:30 PM||Fromage Masterclass||Presentation Marquee 2||Delve into the world of French cheese with Pierre from Le Fromage Yard|
|3:00 PM||Cuisine Corner Cooking Demonstration||Cuisine Corner||French cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants|
|3:15 PM||Burlesque Routine||Main Stage||Marissa Burgess and her troupe of girls perform a burlesque routine|
|3:45 PM||Fashion Parade||Main Stage||French or French inspired ... nobody does fashion like the French|
|4:30 PM||Feather Routine||Main Stage|
|5:00 PM||Girl Friday Band||Main Stage||French Jazz and more|
|6:00 PM||Cuisine Corner Cooking Demonstration||Cuisine Corner||French cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants|
|6:00 PM||Red Cherries||Main Stage||Headlining the evening's entertainment - Red Cherries Band with Marissa Burgess and Brett Hitchcock|
|10:00 AM Sun||Festival Gates Open||De Vene Avenue||Day two festivities|
|10:05 AM Sun||Music Students Performance||Main Stage||Local music students will perform their French repertoire|
|10:30 AM Sun||Bienvenue-Welcome and Nation Anthems||Main Stage||Welcome to the festival; Acknowledgement of traditional owners; National anthems|
|10:30 AM Sun||Cuisine Corner Cooking Demonstration||Cuisine Corner||French cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants|
|11:00 AM Sun||Man'Ouche||main Stage||French Gypsy Jazz|
|11:00 AM Sun||Champagne Masterclass||Presentation Marquee 1||90 minute Champagne Masterclass with Ken Gargett|
|11:00 AM Sun||Brushstrokes and Bubbles||Presentation Marquee 2||2 hour painting class in French style with a glass of sparkling wine|
|12:00 PM Sun||Rubatuba||Main Stage||Fun traditional French sounds with an eccentric flavour|
|1:00 PM Sun||Man'Ouche||Main Stage||French Gypsy Jazz|
|1:00 PM Sun||Cuisine Corner Cooking Demonstration||Cuisine Corner||French cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants|
|2:00 PM Sun||Girl Friday Band||Main Stage||French Lounge Jazz and more|
|2:00 PM Sun||Wine Lovers Masterclass||Presentation Marquee 1||90 minute French wine appreciation masterclass with Ken Gargett|
|2:30 PM Sun||Fromage Masterclass||Presentation Marquee 2||Delve into the world of French cheese with Pierre from Le Fromage Yard|
|3:00 PM Sun||Man'Ouche||Main Stage||French Gypsy Jazz|
|3:45 PM Sun||Au Revoir-Farewell : Festival Closing||Main Stage||a bientot - until next year|
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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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
Girl Friday Band – French Jazz
Girl 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!
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 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.
Sunshine 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.
This 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.