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
10:15 AMMatthew Flinders Students PerformanceMain StageMusic students fromMatthew Flinders Anglican College will perform from their French repertoire
10:30 AMCooroy State SchoolMain StageCooroy State School drama students present a short French play
11:00 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 DemonstrationWIN TV Cuisine CornerFrench cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants
12:30 PMMarissa Burgess and her Rouge DancersMain StageMarissa Burgess and her Rouge Dancers 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 Aurelien from La Fromagerie
3:00 PMCuisine Corner Cooking DemonstrationWIN TV Cuisine CornerFrench cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants
3:15 PMMarissa Burgess and her Rouge DancersMain StageMarissa Burgess and her Rouge Dancers perform a burlesque routine
3:45 PMBlue Illusion Fashion ParadeMain StageFrench or French inspired ... nobody does fashion like the French. Parade of fashions from Blue Illusions - hosted by Todd & Sami
4:30 PMMarissa Burgess and her Rouge DancersMain StageMarissa Burgess and her Rouge Dancers
5:00 PMGirl Friday BandMain StageFrench Jazz and more
6:00 PMCuisine Corner Cooking DemonstrationWIN TV Cuisine 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
10:30 AM SunBienvenue-Welcome and Nation AnthemsMain StageWelcome to the festival; Acknowledgement of traditional owners; National anthems
10:30 AM SunCuisine Corner Cooking DemonstrationWIN TV Cuisine CornerFrench cuisine demonstration by 2017 MasterChef contestants
11:00 AM SunSunny Coast Twirlersmain StageDazzling Baton Twirling with these Sunny Coast champions
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
12:15 PM SunRubatubaMain StageFun traditional French sounds with an eccentric flavour
1:00 PM SunRomony RogersMain StageRomony is a French /Australian singer with a big voice who loves the jazz classics.
1:00 PM SunCuisine Corner Cooking DemonstrationWIN TV Cuisine 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 Aurelien from La Fromagerie
3:00 PM SunRomony RogersMain StageRomony is a French /Australian singer with a big voice who loves the jazz classics.
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 (PG)

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 and her Rouge Dancers

“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.

Romony Rogers

Romony is a dynamic performer with a big voice and a repertoire to match. He can sing in English and French in a variety of musical genres.

Romony was the lead male singer at Groucho’s Theatre Restaurant for three years, singing jazz standards and party favourites. Since 2007, he has been singing rock, pop and jazz at parties, weddings and functions. He has a commanding stage presence, developed from years of performing in musicals and dramatic pieces and a mellifluous voice that will delight audiences.

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.

Sunny Coast Twirlers

SCTwirlersSunny Coast Twirlers are a baton twirling organisation. Baton Twirling is a wonderful sport encompassing dance, gymnastics, acrobatics & co-ordination!