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10 reasons to say ‘oui’ to La Grande Fête

Amanda Whitley

Warning: Shameless Parental Plug ahead! But seriously, La Grande Fête should be on your weekend agenda.

Let’s speak frankly, shall we? There are some times when having your own media website comes in handy—and one of those times is when your kids’ school has a fundraising event and you can plug it to your heart’s content. But that doesn’t mean that La Grande Fête, presented by Lycée franco australien de Canberra/Telopea Park School this 2:30pm to 7pm on Saturday 4 November, isn’t worth the hype!

One of the largest school fêtes in the ACT, the event promises multicultural food, fun and entertainment stretching into the balmy twilight hours. Here are 10 reasons you’ll want to say ‘oui!’ to getting along!

French Food


Love French food but can’t afford the airfare? You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Stock up on authentic french breads at the Boulangerie and find yourself a quiet corner to enjoy with some rich, flavourful French Saucisson from La Bastide; eat ALL THE CHEESE (and Racclette and Fondue) from Frencheese; indulge in crêpes, and handmade French delicacies from  Café Francaise; and wash it all down with French wines from French Flair Food & Wine.

Even more food!


With over 70 nationalities represented in the student population, it’s hardly surprising that La Grande Fête’s international food offering is pretty impressive. We’re talking everything from German Bratwurst to Satay, to curries and roti, and a good old Aussie barbeque.

And the guys from Zeirholz will be there with a brew to match every mouthful.

Show fun (without the show!)


Durkins is bringing the carnival fun to La Grande Fête—your $30 ticket lets you ride all-day on the Super Cha, Dodgem Cars, Giant Slide, Cup and Saucer, Cartoon Castle, Gorilla Jumping Castle, Flying Chairs, and the thrilling Hurricane! There’s also everyone’s favourite Laughing Clowns. Simply take your Eventbrite ticket to the Durkins booth onsite and exchange it for your wristband.

Plus SHOWBAGS! There’ll be something for everyone.


drum assault

From the Latin dance stylings of Kokoloco to the traditional percussion-based West African music and dance from DRUMASSAULT, and heaps of cute student performances, there are hours of entertainment to enjoy.

Later in the afternoon, Prophecise—a five-piece youth band from Canberra who are are currently working on their first album—will take the stage, followed by Indie Rock/Folk band Moosk. Moosk’s original music has been featured on Triple J and unearthed High, and they’ll also be playing covers of super-popular bands like Sticky Fingers.

The Telopea Park School Band will also reprise their popular Band-a-Thon and will be playing all day in the main school hall.

Vintage treasures + market stalls


In past years, La Grande Fête’s vintage clothing stall has boasted labels like Max Mara, Chloé and Manolo Blahnik—get in early to unearth some sartorial treasures!

Plus there are always oodles of fantastic preloved books for all ages and some fantastic market stalls to browse, including King Swim, Rodan + Fields, Lipstick Lady and Kokedama Kreations.

So much fun for kids

face painting gecko gang

We’re declaring Saturday “Sometimes Food” day, with fairy floss, popcorn, Zooper Doopers, milkshakes, ice creams and more on offer.

Plus there’ll be face painting, tombola (a kind of fancy lucky dip), and activities by Les Explorateurs Scout Group—including crate stacking!

French cars + the chance to win a trip to Paris


Planes, (no trains) and automobiles—lots of them! The annual Canberra French Car Clubs display will be onsite, offering great eye candy to auto aficionados.

Plus, you could win a trip to Paris (and a whole lot more) in the Raffle Extraordinaire! Tickets will be on sale at La Grande Fête.



As well as an incredible array of homemade cakes and baked goods, this year a very special cake created by a winner of  15 Royal Easter Show titles will be on display. Based on Derek Guille’s book, ‘The Promise’, Kath Swansbra’s cake explores the story of the World War 1 battle of Villers-Brettenoux where 1200 Australians died saving the village.

You can read the full story on The Riot Act.

Fresh produce, jams and more

le potager

The best of the backyard will be on sale at Le Potager—think backyard eggs, lemons, garden plants, jams, sauces and more!

Lots of other French goodness


If you want to stock up on French books, French Books on Wheels will be pulling up laden with magazine, books, videos and more. Plus Alliance Francaise will be visiting to reveal their fantastic array of cultural and language opportunities.

the essentials

What: La Grande Fête
When: 2:30pm to 7pm, Saturday 4 November
Where: Telopea Park School, New South Wales Crescent, Barton


Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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