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Have you guys already planned your Bastille Day this year?
More and more exciting things happen in Sydney for the occasion, and it’s great to see Bastille Day so wholeheartedly embraced by Australians & French expats alike every year!
I thought I would list a few Bastille Day events on this site, being a blog about French food and cultcha… ;)
The first edition of newcomer Bleu Blanc Rouge French Festival will take place over three days in front of the Customs House and offer live music, a French food market and cooking masterclasses by Aymeric Saint-Lannes, Slide Executive Chef, who will teach you how to cook authentic French dishes like “Veal Marengo”.
There will also be a 7-course degustation dinner with matching wines and a spectacle ($250) on Saturday 13th July on Level 1 of Customs House, prepared by French chef Dominique Heitz (Restaurant Associates, caterer for Sydney Townhall).
You will have plenty of opportunities to have a little boogie: on Friday night’s Live Concert (which will see Racheal Leahcar sing “La Vie en Rose” with her other tunes and Ben Hazelhood) and at the Saturday Night French Dancing Party, with music provided by DJ Georgia Sinclair from 7-10pm, free entry.
In the meantime you have until July 7th to enter their photography contest to win 2 return plane tickets Sydney-Noumea plus 2 nights in a 5-star hotel, by posting your best pictures representing a bit of France in Sydney on their Facebook page.
Following last year’s success of the Bastille Day Celebration organised by the Alliance Francaise and other French institutions of Sydney (UFE, French Embassy, FAACI…), the event will take place at the same location, The Argyle (The Rocks), on Saturday 13th from 6pm-midnight ($25 with free drink on arrival).
You will be able to dance the night away to the tunes of French DJ’s, taste some Chartreuse spirit, enjoy French crêpes, Frenchify your style thanks to make-up hostesses then hit the photo booth and oggle the pretty French Cancan dancers!
The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce (FACCI) will hold its annual Bastille Day Champagne Breakfast at Parliament of NSW, in Sydney CBD. The breakfast will be followed by a tasting of three Perrier Jouët champagnes, and there will be a trivia on this year’s topic, “French songs,” with some excellent prizes to be awarded to the winners, according to FACCI’s booking page ($100 members / $120 non-members).
Many restaurants will offer special menus for Bastille Day, like Bistro Papillon, who will celebrate “La Fête Nationale” over two days (12 & 13 July). You will be pampered by Xavier and his front-of-house team and be served mouthwatering French dishes cooked with love by chef Ludovic. Their special menu can be found here (and yes, their Burgundy snails are on it, as well as bouillabaisse, duck confit, onion soup and a lot of other yummy options).
Meanwhile, Brasserie Ananas in The Rocks will host a Bastille Party on Saturday 13th (from 6pm til late), which promises “an elaborate bash celebrating all the French things that we love – champagne, cocktails, canapés and DJs”. To recover on the following day, you can enjoy a Bastille Day lunch prepared by new Head Chef Paul McGrath (formerly from two-hatted Bistro Ortolan).
Also in Darlinghurst, Tastevin Bistro & Wine Bar will offer a special Bastille Day menu on Sunday 14th including Bouillabaisse, Boeuf en croûte, cheese and dessert (2 courses for $55, 3 for $65, 4 for $75).
In Surry Hills, the Absinthe Bar will hold a “Off with their heads!“ on Saturday 13/07 evening. Their website states that “Madame Guillotine is calling all Absintheurs to celebrate the fall of Louis XVIs Regime with the downing of one glass of absinthe for each of the revolutionary ideals: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” A great opportunity to be off with the green fairies!
You can even celebrate Bastille Day by shaking your derrière “Creole Zouk-style“, to the exotic sounds of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, Mauritius, French Africa and more..! (Eleven Nightclub on Oxford St.)
Bref, there should be enough on offer in Sydney to spend an unforgettable Bastille Day!
PS: Don’t hesitate to add in the “Comments” section below other Bastille Day events if you hear of anything exciting! Merci & Bon 14 juillet à tous :)