The popular annual Bastille French Festival returns on Thursday 12th to Sunday 15 July 2018. Sydney locals and visitors are warmly invited to join in celebrating the centuries-old French heritage at the iconic Circular Quay, just a few meters away from the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the Museum of Contemporary Arts Sydney.
The Bastille Festival Sydney is rooted in tradition and this year marks the 6th year that the festival has been celebrated in Sydney. Over the past five years, this free annual event has become the most anticipated street gathering celebrating French Culture in the city and brings the very best things in life – food, wine and arts – right to the heart of Sydney.
French wine tasting. What better way to spend your day?
The centre court of Sydney Customs House will be adorned with food stalls from well-known eateries, as well as a range of desserts, wine-tasting and a wide variety of options to indulge in. There will be 4 food villages and 8 wine bars/beer gardens!
There will also be live music and entertainment, festival-goers are in for some amazing performances and great festivities. There will be 14 live concerts, 2 DJ sets, 1 cabaret show, 7 movie screenings on deck chairs, plus more than 40 street live performances all day and night, from circus to country-folk dances and music.
We attended the festival last year and this festival celebrated the "fine food" in life. There was an extensive range of food to satisfy a variety of tastes, think about gourmet cheeses, artisan bread, handmade chocolates and indulgent desserts. Needless to say, there was a wide variety of excellent wines available for tasting as well.
From freshly baked croissants to savory pastries, tempting cheese cups, crepes and gorgeously decorated cupcakes. In fact, the whole street was filled with enticements, we had to pace ourselves sensibly.
If you are a hardcore cheese lover, you must not miss this festival. Last year we tasted the French raclette and it was utterly divine, a food experience I wish to repeat. The semi-hard cheese was melted under a special grill and then poured on top of boiled chat potatoes, shaved meat and served with refreshing pickles and salad. The price was reasonable and the happiness was immense.
But be wary, the line for the raclette and the French deli was insane with a long wait - but it was totally worth the wait!