Every year on July 14, French citizens join for parades and parties in celebration of the country’s national holiday, which we know as Bastille Day.
Vive la France! Where to celebrate Bastille Day
“Le 14 juillet” marks the storming of Bastille prison in July 1789; a significant moment of the French Revolution. With Bastille Day landing on a Sunday this year, a number of Adelaide venues are celebrating all things French across the weekend, with everything from crepes and croissants to gourmet degustation affairs.
Adelaide Central Market celebrates Bastille Day in a big way on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. Highlights include free live music, a Champagne bar, cooking demonstrations, a pop-up crepe stall and ticketed degustation dinners. Friday begins with children’s gingerbread decorating at 9.30am, then French cooking demonstrations with Jean-Francois at 10.30am and Fiona Roberts at 12.15pm, followed by a Champagne bar, crepes and live music from 6pm. Poh will host “Parisian Crunch Club” at Jamface Central at 6pm, which for $60 includes a six-course French menu designed and cooked by Poh.
On Saturday there will be a crepe pop-up by Market Bread Bar from 9am to 2pm, face painting at 9.30am, cooking demonstrations with Valerie Henbest from the Smelly Cheese Shop at 10am and live music at 11am. A Bastille Day dinner will be held at Les Deux Coqs for $110 per person for a five-course degustation menu with traditional French dishes.
SATURDAY NIGHT DRINKS
To celebrate on Bastille Day eve — Saturday, July 13 — head to Adelaide’s French laneway bar La Buvette Drinkery from 4.30pm to the wee hours. La Buvette will serve specialty cocktails such as the “1789” made with Michel Couvreur French Whisky, French vermouth and Lillet Blanc. There will be specials on classic French aperitifs such as pastis, 1664 Lager, kir royale and the bar’s signature Alsacien Picon Biere, plus tasty French bites and a DJ playing old-school throwback tunes.
Goodwood Road wine bar Two Sisters Food & Wine celebrates the national day of France with a delicious three-course set menu inspired by French flavours and traditions. The sit-down meal — on Saturday, July 13 at 6pm — will be accompanied by French cocktails, fine wine and live music. Tickets are $50 per person.
A VIETNAMESE TWIST
Madame Hanoi is celebrating Bastille Day for a whole week with a special menu featuring some of the most famous flavours from French cuisine, blended with the restaurant’s signature Vietnamese twist. Dishes include escargot sourced from France, served in brown butter and Chinese wine, and the classic duck a l’orange. The venue will also feature special French entertainment on Sunday, July 14.
A TASTE OF PARIS
Popular East End French brasserie Hey Jupiter is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Sunday, July 14, serving its authentic and traditional Parisian offerings. Pop in for a drink, or make sure to book a table for dinner with Hey Jupiter’s a la carte menu. Enjoy live French music from 3pm or stay for the cancan dancers at 8.30pm and feel like you’re drinking wine in Paris.
A VOTRE SANTE!
With French tunes on the wireless and comfy vintage furniture, Michonne Wine Bar is a charming intimate spot in Port Adelaide to raise a glass on the national day of France. Located in a charming 1800s building at 229 St Vincent St, Michonne Wine Bar is offering Lanson Black Label Champagne for $15 per glass with a free platter (valued at $24) with any full bottle of wine purchased on Sunday, July 14.
PARIS COMES TO THE PULLMAN
Hindmarsh Square hotel and restaurant Pullman Adelaide is hosting a Bastille Day Dinner in its Salt Restaurant on Sunday, July 14, with live music and hosted by the venue’s own French executive chef Francis Luzinier. The all-French affair runs from 6pm to 9pm, with bookings available up until the day. The cost is $65 for a set menu, or $90 per person with paired De Beaurepaire wines, and includes canapes and a three-course dinner. The chef will lead a culinary journey by providing an introduction to each course.
BASTILLEMAINIA with Louise Blackwell and the French Set
Celebrate Bastille Day on Sunday 14 July with Bastillemania at the Wheatsheaf Hotel when Adelaide chanteuse Louise Blackwell and the French Set perform a wonderful selection of songs by artists of the great French chanson tradition.
VIVE LA FRANCE
The National Wine Centre will be celebrating with a Bastille Day Brunch on Sunday, July 14, with Champagne, croissants and delicious French pastries. This superbly-matched food and wine experience features Australian wines from French varietals, such as chenin blanc, malbec and plenty of sparkling. Tickets are $85 per person. The event is part of the National Wine Centre’s winter series of events designed to take guests on culinary journeys to the sunnier climes of famous European food and wine regions.
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