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  • #SFSC16 News

    Tips from the veterans – How to make the most of your day at So Frenchy So Chic.

    By Annabel Ross 04 November 2018

    Will you be a first-timer at the festival this year? If so, welcome! You’re in for a wonderful day of all things French and fabulous. If not, and even if you think you’ve got your festival prep down pat, it probably wouldn’t hurt to compare notes with the pros we spoke to below. All four women have been to the festival at least once (some have attended many times), and are here to provide expert advice on how to make your SFSC one to remember.

    Lecturer Nicole Stegemann has been to SFSC an impressive five times, going for the first time in 2012. Her top tip is to get your friends organized! Good times are always best shared, after all. Her packing essentials are: blanket, sunscreen, lunch, wooden cutlery, plates, polycarbonate champagne glasses, champagne cooler/ice jacket, napkins, rubbish bag and a warm jumper. If she had just a couple of tips to share with newbies, though, she’d suggest getting there early and taking public transport rather than a car. She also suggests bringing baguettes (the plain kind) if you fancy them, as they are usually not sold individually.

    PR consultant Caroline Plant had been watching footage of SFSC for years before it finally stopped in her hometown, Adelaide, last year. “The entire afternoon and evening was enjoyable from the moment you walked through the gates,” she says. “The atmosphere was just as you’d expect a French music festival to be and the conviviality of everyone made it even more memorable.” Caroline’s top tip is to check the weather — nothing will make you uncomfortable faster than being inappropriately dressed and feeling too hot or cold! Being the middle of summer, though, it’s almost always warm and sunny, so don’t forget a hat and sunglasses, she says. Also, do bring a picnic blanket, unless you’re ok with sitting on the lawn.

    Tess, a midwife, has been to “every SFSC since I fell in love with it in 2014.” The festival has become an annual girls day out for Tess and her Mum, sister and best friend. “You’re either sitting on the grass enjoying your picnic or dancing up at the stage so don’t miss out by wearing something you can’t move in. Same goes with shoes, although I usually take mine off for dancing.” As for what you shouldn’t do, well, don’t forget that glass and knives are not allowed. They’ll get confiscated, so leave them at home. Oh, and don’t bother with chairs unless they’re the low-seated variety, or if you must use a proper chair, sit up the back. You’ll obstruct people’s view otherwise.

    Katie Collins, an entertainment manager and yoga teacher, has been to SFSC twice, with quite a long break in between — she went to the first one in Melbourne in 2012 and again in 2018.

    “I have always loved all things French — music, fashion and food,” she says. “I find it all quite glamorous, yet laid back and relaxed. I love seeing the small children dancing and having fun with their families in such a beautiful environment. I love sharing our picnic hamper with others, creating conversation and new friends. And the music is definitely a drawcard as well as the champagne. So yummy!” Katie singles out French singer and rapper Féfé as a personal favourite — he’s performed both times she’s been to SFSC.

    She always purchases bus tickets along with her festival ticket “because driving just isn’t an option with such wonderful champagne on offer!”

    Katie also says to pack an umbrella, because it gets hot, and dress to impress. Lastly, don’t forget to dance, drink lots of water, and smile 🙂