Melbourne, Paris or Provence?

Who needs to go to France when you get the best bits in Melbourne?

As nice as that would be to say permanently, it’s a bit of a transient thing this November with the fifth year return of the President Cheese Paris to Provence Festival taking place at Como House, celebrating all the good things of French culture.

It’s quite a unique festival that happens in Melbourne only, transforming an otherwise Australian part of town into a replica of the French countryside. Language, arts, entertainment, culture and food all swamp the early period homely estate overlooking Melbourne’s Yarra River, reminiscent of a French market village.

The founder of the festival, Laura Rancie said that since founding the festival some five years ago, she’s been perfecting it since. With an aim for visitors to walk in and be immediately transported to the French countryside; everything from the smell, the sounds, the sights and the taste of Paris to Provence is designed to inspire an indulgent French sensory experience.

She’s done it well enough to rival other cultural happenings in Melbourne that celebrate the city’s diversity and for the time of year, nothing is more apt.

Bonne chance!

See more at their website paristoprovence.com.au

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