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So Frenchy is about so much more than the music.

Foodies by Nature, Caterers by Trade, boutique event makers Bright Young Things will be providing sumptuous hampers and picnic boxes for you to enjoy. Filled with inspired French fare made fresh on the day, these treats are created using only the best quality ingredients from local sources we know and trust. A seasonal, sustainable and most delicious grazing lunch perfect for a summer’s day. Please note that hamper pre-orders will terminate on Tuesday 07 January 2014

For those who like to create their own degustation menu, simply browse the gourmet food stalls for oysters, crêpes, cassoulet, Cacao’s famous macarons and much more.

The dedicated Francophiles at Mr & Mrs Smith have hidden a $1,000 Get a Room! voucher in a gourmet hamper – this can be used towards a stay at any of the 1,000 boutique hotels in the hand-picked Smith collection, from chic city boltholes in Paris to iconic beachside retreats on the French Riviera.

 

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Picnic box for 1

Menu

Duck and orange parfait with hazelnut biscuits and cornichons
Crusty baguette of Poached happy chicken, celery fronds, lemon minted mayo, toasted almonds and baby cos
Salad of baby chats, bacon lardons, and Green Eggs with
roasted onion, summer herbs & an anchoiade aioli
Vanilla bean canelés
French apple & frangipane tart

$34.90

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Picnic box for 1 – Vegetarian

Menu

Chèvre, lemon and dill parfait with hazelnut biscuits and marinated olives
Baguette with roasted peppers, hummous, rocket, goats chèvre
and toasty pine nuts
Orecchiette pasta with broad beans, garden peas, pecorino,
toasty walnuts, mint & citrus dressing
Petite chocolate eclairs with coffee buttercream
Nectarine and almond burnt butter financiers

$34.90

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Cheese – Plate for 2

Menu

Bullseye (semi hard cow’s cheese) 80g – Yarra Valley Dairy, Victoria
Bleu de Bresse 80g – Bongrain, France
White Savourine (goat cheese) 80g – Yarra Valley Dairy, Victoria
French baguettes – individual
Hazelnut & oat biscuits
Flame grapes and local Sunny Ridge stemmed strawberries

$29.60

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Charcuterie – Plate for 2

Menu

Provencal ham hock terrine with pickled radishes, carrots and beans
Duck and orange parfait with hazelnut biscuits and cornichons
Selection of Salumi, Bresaola & Prosciutto wafers
Marinated green olives with rosemary & orange
French baguettes – individual
Fennel seed roll – individual

$29.60

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And what garden party would be complete without champagne? The finest bubbly from Laurent Perrier will be chilled and flowing all day, as will French beer and Halle aux Vins wines from the Pays Basques.

Halle aux Vins is a local importer that draws its exceptional portfolio from annual pilgrimages across the French winemaking landscape. This year they have selected four wines from  Plaimont producteurs in Saint Mont in the unspoiled countryside of southwest France. Rich in heritage, the motto of this appellation is ‘to leave a lasting impression of good taste and joie de vivre’. What could be more So Frenchy than that?

2012 Rose D’Enfer – Producteurs de Plaimonts (Tannat)

This is a discrete, lovely salmon coloured wine with a fine, elegant bouquet. You’ll love complex aromatic flavours of blackcurrant and raspberry with a touch of verve on the finish.

2012 Colombelle – La Belle Vie – Producteurs de Plaimonts (Colombard)

Yellow fruit with notes of white peach, pineapple and fresh almonds with a hint of jasmine dominate the intensely fruity bouquet of this delicious blend of Colombard and Ugni Blanc. Enjoy its exuberant, complex palate that’s both round and fruity with a floral touch and a crisp citrus finish.

2012 Côtes de St Mont – “Les Vignes Retrouvées” (Petit and Gros Manseng)

A dry and well-balanced wine with a crisp acidity suggestive of citrus zest. The long and refreshing finish is lengthened further by a hint of bitterness, delivering great complexity and tension.

2010 Côtes de St Mont – “Les 3 Chevaliers” (Tannat)

This charming and easy-drinking red has a floral, faintly confectionary bouquet of violets, dark cherries knitted with wild herbs and liquorice aromas. The palate is smooth and spicy with some gentle sappy tannins.

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