Town set for French ‘invasion’ ahead of Gallic festival

HORSHAM’S FrenchFest, a popular festival celebrating all things Gallic, returns for its sixth year in Horsham and promises to deliver a “feast of tasty treats, arts, music, classic French vehicles” and more from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17.

The centrepiece of the festival is the authentic French market coming to the Carfax offering freshly baked breads and patisseries, cheeses and olives, clothes, crafts, charcuterie and freshly cooked nibbles.

Adding extra French flavour will be Master (comedy) Chef Monsieur Brullee, classic mime comedy from Mime Innit and of course all your favourite French chanteurs and melodies adding that Gallic ambience to your shopping experience. There will be a double helping of market goods on Friday and Saturday as the weekly Carfax Local Produce and Crafts Market returns, though relocated to East Street and Market Square.

Regulars to FrenchFest will be pleased to see the return of the Boules (Petanque) in Market Square including the Horsham Rotary organised Business Boules Cup Competition on Friday lunchtime and evening sponsored by Hobart Paving and Cote Restaurants. DC Leisure staff from The Pavilions In The Park will once again be offering passers-by the chance to take part in the Tour de Horsham challenge with some great prizes to be won, whilst the 45eme Infanterie Regiment de Ligne - French Napoleonic re-enactors – will once again be drilling ‘new recruits’ around the Carfax bandstand on Saturday and telling exciting stories of their escapades!

Those interested in Horsham’s true historical links with France may like to take the French Connection trail around Horsham Museum and Art Gallery on the Friday and Saturday, whilst hands-on art is on offer in the Carfax on Sunday with the opportunity to make poppy or sunflowers with a professional artist or to join Horsham Open Studios artists at their Montmartre Day display creating ancient French cave paintings!

Horsham FrenchFest organisers are delighted to announce a treat for all 2CV lovers: ‘South Down Escargots’ will be co-ordinating a display of 2CVs vehicles in Horsham Town Centre on Sunday 17th July as part of Horsham’s FrenchFest. More details to be confirmed shortly. Whether you come to Horsham to buy tasty French produce, practise your artistic skills, enjoy story telling and comedy entertainment, or simply to soak up the special FrenchFest atmosphere, your visit to Horsham this weekend will be one to remember.

The Horsham event team are working on a number of new French-inspired features for 2011 and as soon as details are confirmed news announcements will be made in the local press and via the event’s own website and Facebook site Horsham FrenchFest.