Say cheese: The Bastille Festival Sydney is back
Bringing the best of French culture and flavours to the streets of Sydney, the Bastille Festival Sydney 2018 is set to be the best yet. Spread over four days from the 12th to the 15th of July, Circular Quay and the Rocks will be transformed into a celebration of all things bleu, blanc and rouge with French cuisine, music and (naturally), wine, taking centre-stage.
The festival will ensure you depart well-fed with foodie hubs situated across four ‘food villages’, this year with a Wine Tasting Tour and Cheese Dome Experience making very welcome new additions. Attracting more than 500,000 visitors each year the festival is a must-visit for homesick French expats and Aussie Francophiles alike, and with free-entry you’ll be tempted to drop in to Sydney’s very own (temporary) French Quarter multiple times.
Flavours straight from Maman’s kitchen
With over 70 stalls, every French delicacy under the sun is scheduled to make an appearance at the extravaganza; from baguettes, fromage, truffles, flamenkuche (tarte flambée…about as close as the French get to pizza, it’s mouthwatering), choucroute (sauerkraut), and foie gras to the heavenly sweetness of eclairs, crêpes, and chocolat, you’ll be left wanting for nothing but an extra helping to take home for later.
Playing host to some of Sydney’s most recognisable artisans of French fare including La Vie est Belle traditional French bakery, La Planchette (for the best fromage in town), La Truffière, French Kiss Crêperie, Sacre Bleu (roasted camembert so good you’ll be forgiven for swearing), and Jean-Marc Amar whose cold-cuts will make your platters the talk of the town.
It would be remiss to ignore the treasures offered by the French wine regions, and the Bastille Festival has no intention of falling at the first hurdle. You can book into ‘The Wine Tasting Tour’ which offers a Tour-de-France (sans the bicycle), letting the festival’s wine partners Maison M. Chapoutier and Le Plonque bring you the best drops from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Languedoc, the Rhone Valley, Beaujolais and Provence. Pre-order your ‘passport’ for the plonk infused journey here.
The Rosé Bar is an absolute must for those who prefer to be tickled-pink, the Champagne Bar brings an ideal amount of French chic to the affair while the Cider Bar at Customs House offers a comfortable vantage point from which to toast one of Sydney’s best panoramas. Beer lovers will be spoilt for choice with the French craft beer offering available in First Fleet Park at The Rocks Village, while the Electro Beer Garden brought to the festival by Frenchies Bistro is teaming their best brews with electro lounge music sets in the heart of the celebration.
Infused with French Flair
First Fleet Park is the precinct to meander if you’re in the mood for nibbling on French fusion dishes. Over 30 recipes have been created including camembert arancini, creamy mushroom gnocchi, French paella and churros slathered in delectable French jam will have you drooling.
You’ll also be treated to free live music and entertainment with influences hailing from across the globe (such as Mauritius and Haiti) with each performance adding their sprinkling of French ‘Joie de vivre’ to the occasion.
Christmas in July
Not that anyone needs an extra excuse to celebrate Christmas, the Bastille Festival will treat guests to the European’s approach to Christmas time. Transporting charming wooden chalets directly from the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll be able to wander among the authentic French market stalls as you sip mulled wine, gather food and gift ideas and sing along to traditional Christmas carols along Argyle Street in The Rocks.
The Bastille Festival: 12 July – 15 July 2018
The four ‘food villages’ are situated across Circular Quay and The Rocks, open from 9am – 11pm.
- First Fleet Park: Cheese Dome, French Fusion eats, live music at The Concert Stage and craft Beers.
- Argyle Street – The Rocks Village: Christmas markets, mulled wine, warming winter eats.
- East Circular Quay: Gourmet French food, artisanal French products, Electro Beer Garden, and the Rosé Bar.
- Customs House Village: Traditional French baked goods, charcuterie & cheeses, and The Cider Bar.
For more information visit: The Bastille Festival
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