The Alliance Française d’Adélaïde presents its popular annual French Market on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November in the leafy Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens, cnr Unley Road and Thomas Street, Unley.
The 2016 French Market recorded attendances of almost 15,000 making it one of the most anticipated events in the Adelaide spring calendar. With more stalls, the 2017 Market promises to be bigger and better than ever!
The French Market, sponsored by Unley Renault and Singapore Airlines and supported by the City of Unley and the Multicultural Affairs Minister, is a chance for lovers of France, French style and culture to fill their baskets with French-inspired gourmet goodies and picnic à la française. The Market is a colourful family affair, with French music, cooking, clowning, face painting and more.
The event features stalls selling French and French-themed goods, including patisseries, cheeses, charcuterie, Beaujolais Nouveau, French linen and handicrafts, French language books, perfumes and more. Among the new stalls this year are St Louis, Le Sac du Berger, Le Souk, and Moorish Bites selling French-Moroccan street food. At night the park comes alive with bud lighting, stage performances and wine tastings.
This year’s raffle offers 10 fabulous prizes, including a return trip for two to France with Singapore Airlines, plus two nights’ accommodation in Paris, a year of French classes at the Alliance Française d’Adelaide, a three-course meal cooked by a French chef in your own home, Dymocks books, a French gift basket, Womadelaide and So Frenchy So Chic passes, vouchers for La Buvette and La Lorientaise, and a case of French champagne.
The Director of the Alliance Française Laurent Pointud said, ‘The 2017 French Market, more than ever, will celebrate the vibrant vitality of this fertile relationship between France and South Australia. With the opening of the French bilingual and bi-national program in Highgate school this year and the profusion of events in connection with France and French culture in recent weeks (the French artist-in-residence program in October, the Unley ‘France and the First World War’ conference in November) and early in the new year (‘So Frenchy So Chic’ and the French Festival in January, and the AF French Film Festival in April), South Australia is becoming more and more French aware.’
In addition to the French Market, on Saturday 25 November from 10am to 10pm, the City of Unley, the Alliance Française d'Adélaïde and Etsy Adelaide will also present the Etsy Made Local community market on Oxford Terrace. This adjacent event will feature South Australian-made arts, crafts and vintage wares.
And if that's not great enough, both events are FREE!
When: Friday 24 November, 5pm-10pm, and Saturday
25 November, 10am-10pm.
Where: Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens,
corner Unley Rd and Thomas St, Unley SA 5061.
Price: The French Market is a FREE event. Everyone is welcome!