Escargot to Maffra Show

MAFFRA Show food and wine court has an exciting new theme this year, with everything la Francaise.

Following a $5000 grant from Wellington Shire Council, organiser Connie Dwyer is excited and ready to escargot.

She said the success of previous international food themes at the show had prompted organisers to focus on what French culture had to offer and make it a feature this year.

Lindenow’s Long Paddock chef Tanya Bertino will set the food scene, bringing with her a wealth of French culinary experience from London and Melbourne.

Mirboo North’s Caf Escargot will tempt patrons with snails and crepes, dishing up small serves to encourage the less courageous to give them a try.

A full range of local international food stalls will be on offer, with some locals thoroughly embracing the opportunity to show off their French cuisine.

Local wineries, a brewery and cheeses will feature heavily, with French cheese and chocolate making demonstrations.

French will also be on the menu for this year’s primary school cook-off competition, and the dip competition will be replaced with a pate and frog in the pond competition, judged by Ms Bertino.

It’s not a true French affair without the melodies of Paris wafting through the air, so Toongabbie musician Ced Le Meledo will delight audiences with his accordion musings, playfully teaching French to passers-by.

Julie Ward School of Music will also have musical groups performing throughout the day, and Cirque Mystique’s Marcel Morceaux is sure to surprise patrons with his performances.

Gippsland Grammar French department students will embrace the theme with performances, projects and a true, la mode fashion parade.

About the time of afternoon happy hour, the Maffra Show will rock out to the sounds of the Rusty Rockers, and the inaugural Maffra Show theme song competition will take place.

The French theme will continue throughout band breaks with boules, snail races, a mock Tour de France bike race, and cheese tower building competition.

Organisers haven’t forgotten the children, with free craft and painting, assisted by Wellington Shire Youth Council.

A full schedule of events is available on the Maffra Agricultural Show Facebook page.