A few weeks ago, lovers of all things French headed to the Paris to Provence Festival to indulge. I look forward to the festival every year and was pretty excited when I was invited to attend and enjoy this beautiful French village set on the historical grounds of Como House & Garden.
I felt in France that day with champagne, baguettes, pains aux raisins, croissants, saucissons, cornichons, foie gras and cheeses on offer!
The festival also featured marketplace exhibitors showcasing some great French products and services.
My obsession with viennoiseries from Agathé Pâtisserie continued with her traditional croissants as well as an Olive and Provence herbs croissant and Lavender almond croissant for the festival. The Lavender almond croissant was delicious with a hint of orange in the frangipane. I was pretty excited to see Agathe demonstrate her madeleines' recipe on stage, now to try and replicate it at home after many failed attempts at the bump!
I bumped into Mr Saucisson from La Bastide/Saucissons Australia and tried his version which has less fat compared to the traditional French saucisson and is slightly sweet in taste with a hint of pepper.
I also tried Yarra Valley Dairy's cheese platter which had beautiful goat & cow cheeses on offer with various breads and a great relish to go with.
At midday on the day, the French and National Anthems were sang by festival attendees to show support and solidarity to those affected by the recent Paris attacks. This was quite an emotional time for me but a great idea from the organisers.
I continued visiting the grounds and stopped by Les Santons de Provence which is a beautiful hand-painted terracotta nativity scene with figurines produced in the Provence region of south eastern France and brought to Melbourne for the festival!
Some of you may know I have a three year old daughter so a stop via the Kids Secret Garden was a must where art & ballet classes were offered on the day as well as some arts & crafts activities, lavender playdough and French story time. My little one did the traditional pêche à la ligne game where she won a prize and was pretty happy to taste a Pierrot Gourmand sucette/lollipop, which were my favourite as a child.
I thought the 2.5 metre tall sand sculpture of two French people complete with berets, baguettes, wine and French bulldogs carved throughout the festival was very impressive and a great addition to the festival.
Overall, I loved this year's Paris to Provence Festival! I felt the market place was better organised with most of the food stalls located in the boulevard area and there was also more seating available than previous years. The mountain of Orangina on the day was also very pleasing! I am amazed that every year this three day event is put together over a period of nine months by founder and creative director Laura Rancie! Well done Laura and see you all next year!!