THIS month’s Bonjour French Festival is set to be bigger than last year’s with French chef Louis Boeglin graduating from hosting a stall to catering the VIP section.
More than 12,000 people flocked to enjoy the inaugural event’s 70 stalls, 100 French cars and works of 70 artists, but this year the scope has widened from French to French speaking nations to include food, art, fashion, culture, games and entertainment from Mauritius, West Africa and Quebec.
Mr Boeglin, who is from the north-east of France and now owns a patisserie with his wife Yllana , will return to dazzle VIPs with his French themed treats.
“Last year we had a stall at the festival but it was the beginning of our business, we had just started two weeks earlier,” he said.
“This year my wife will be at the stall and I will be in the VIP section; we will have a few different food options including a choice of three desserts including gluten free.”
The $95 per ticket VIP area includes an eight-course degustation menu, entertainment and exclusive French wines.
For most though, entry is by gold coin donation and proceeds will assist Manna, to help feed the homeless.
Last year’s festival raised more than $11,000 for Path Of Hope, which offers refuge, assistance and resources to women experiencing domestic violence.
What: Bonjour Perth French Festival
When: Saturday, October 22 from 10am to 9pm
Where: Ozone Reserve, corner Riverside Drive and Adelaide Terrace, Perth
Cost: Gold coin donation