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Paris to Provence Festival

December 4, 2011

Last weekend I spent a few wonderful hours at the Melbourne Paris to Provence Festival. The festival was held at the beautiful Como Historic House and Garden, in South Yarra.  The grounds were full of fabulous stalls selling gourmet French cheese, pastries, chocolat and macarons.  Designers brought in French clothing and homewares. Importers were selling beautiful French wines and spirits. I was in heaven! Here are a few pics from the day.  Thank goodness we arrived early, as the crowds were all-consuming towards the end of the day.

Image: View from the transformed Fountain Terrace

Image: This very cheeky Mime Artist was part of the roving entertainment, along with stilt walkers, still statues, magicians and a 2.5t Dutch street organ

Image:  We stopped for lunch at the pop up restaurant, Pique Nique and ordered the popular charcuterie & French cheese platter,  along with a few glasses of champagne.

Image: Amazing goats cheese tart by La Parisienne Pates

Image: Finally bought a bottle of Lillet from Spirits of France.  Also tried a beautiful Henri Bardouin, Pastis, which I have added to my shopping list.

Image: One of the delicious bottles we sampled at The Wine Station wine tasting – Boutinot Le Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages.  Victoria gave us a wonderful overview of some of her current favourite wines from France.  A very knowledgeable and personable lady.  More about The Wine Station later.

The Paris to Provence Festival is an annual event and I hope they secure the Como Historic House next year. It was an absolutely magnificent venue.  If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll be sure to have plenty of notice before the next festival in 2012.

A bientôt

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