Celebrate the From France to Freycinet Festival

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Francophiles and foodies are sure to delight in the news that the biennial From ‘France to Freycinet Festival’ is back for 2012 – and better than ever!

From May 4 to 13, locals and visitors are invited to celebrate the region's rich French heritage. This year's festival will centre primarily around the charming beachside hamlet of Swansea, which is an excellent base if you plan to spend a few days exploring the Freycinet coast.

Events get underway on Friday May 4 with the festival launch at The Village, Triabunna – as well as two performances of the children's puppet show ‘A Joey for Josephine’ at the Triabunna School Hall.

During the weekend of May 5 and 6, you can expect to be entertained with a lantern parade, live bands, dancing and village markets. AND Free Parks entry to Maria Island on Saturday, May 5th. There will be extra ferries and cruises too – more details on those soon but in the meantime do plan a trip to the Island to explore!

On Wednesday May 9, foodies and book lovers might want to stop by the Piermont Restaurant for a $60 Literary Lunch with Jean-Francois Vernay. This sumptuous display of French Tasmanian Culture will also feature poet Christiane Conesa Bostock and a wine tasting offered by Gala Wine Estates.

The weekend of May 11 to 13 is also packed with plenty of activities for the whole family. Additional performances of A Joey for Josephine are scheduled to take place at Swansea Town Hall, while the Barkmill Tavern will host a French dinner and evening of musical entertainment on Friday night.

Saturday will see jazz performances at Milton Vineyard, before the action moves to Jubilee Beach for a lantern parade and BBQ, which will be followed by live bands at 'La Vie en Rose Nightclub' at Swansea Town Hall.

Finally, events wrap up on Sunday with a Mother's Day breakfast on Franklin Street, markets at Jubilee Beach and a festival finale at the Barkmill Tavern.

Sign up to the Festival’s facebook page to hear the latest news as it develops.

France to Freycinet Festival masthead and logo

Coles Bay Pier (with event bunting) and the unmistakable Hazards in the background

Schouten House at Swansea - they sponsored the festival web site

Great Oyster Bay viewed from Swansea - Tasmania's East Coast - Image Credit Geoffrey Lea/Tourism Tasmania

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