Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, celebrated on the 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called la Fête nationale. Wherever you are, the obvious way to start the day is with some freshly-baked croissants and a cup of coffee, or maybe a glass of bubbles. But here’s how Australians are celebrating Bastille Day in our east coast cities.
The French celebration in Brisbane was last weekend, so you’ll have to find a French restaurant for an authentic celebration on the 14 July. Try this list of the French eateries around the Brisbane area:
If you’re in Sydney, get to Circular Quay and The Rocks district, for the Bastille Revolution in The Rocks taking place from 12 – 15 July. You can catch a French flick at the open-air cinema, attend a cabaret show, or dance the night away to some live French music. Indulge in a French wine tasting, dine on French cuisine, or just snack on the fromage feast
In Melbourne you can head down to the Meat Market in North Melbourne all weekend, for the Bastille Day Festival. Partake in an authentic French pastry master class, enjoy a French styling session, or treat yourself to a masterclass on the finest French wines. See bastilledaymelbourne.com for tickets and information.
The Glasshouse, at the Pialligo Estate in Canberra, will host a Moulin Rouge-inspired dinner offering three courses of fine French cuisine, champagne on arrival and French-inspired entertainment, so for those of you based in our capital city, be sure to head to afcanberra.com.au to book your place at what is sure to be night of French festivities.
The Alliance Française is inviting locals and tourists to celebrate with delicious French cuisine at La Baguette, in the ANU School of Art. Dress in your best French style and enjoy succulent dishes and wine provided by the well-known Lerida Estate, while listening to some of the best french music.