Francophiles Flock To South Yarra For Paris To Pro...

Francophiles Flock To South Yarra For Paris To Provence

Melbourne’s highly anticipated Paris to Provence festival returned in November, bringing together the state’s finest purveyors of pastry and baked goods.

Held in South Yarra, the National Trust property Como House and Gardens was transformed into a lively, pop-up replica French village.

The three-day event showcased the best of Victoria’s French pasty offering, as well as other gastronomic delights such as wine, chocolate and coffee.

Le Petit Gateau pastry chef Pierrick Boyer was among the guest presenters at the event, hosting a two-hour cooking demonstration on the secrets of macarons and croquembouche.

Event organisers said guests were immersed in croissants, éclairs, macarons, crepes and bread.

“No one does pastries like the French,” festival reveller and apprentice pastry chef Raman Malik said.

“Having said that, I don’t know how real French pastry chefs would feel about the croissant throwing contest! It’s all in the name of fun, however. Whoever throws the croissant the furtherest wins.”

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