Bastille Day is the national day in France, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14th of July 1789. Now, it is a time to celebrate all things French on the 14th of July every year. Expect a rowdy night of French music and dancing – and don't forget all that good French food and wine! After all, the French love their food, and a party wouldn't be complete without something tasty to eat or wine to drink.
Interested in getting involved? Here's where you can indulge in your love of all things French with delicious food this Bastille Day:
If you're in Melbourne this July then swing by Union Dining to experience a very European atmosphere. Union Dining will be holding their very own Bastille celebration from July 15th to 19th, where they will feature classic French fare along with their a la carte menu. Union Dining's chef Nicky Riemer is creating meals that are reminiscent of a French family holiday, while Front of House Manager Adam Cash has been searching for the perfect wines to match. There's a different dish every night, including gems like Steak tartare & Duck a l'orange, Salade au Roquefort & Boeuf Bourguignon and Terrine de Maison & Cassoulet. A set entree, main and glass of wine comes together for $45.
It wouldn't be right for such a well known European restaurant to let Bastille Day go by without a mention, so Sydney's Bishop Sessa is celebrating with a special five course menu on the 14th of July. This menu is designed by well known nose-to-tail chef Paul Cooper, with French wines to match that have been selected by co-owner Erez Gordon. The meal is $80 without matching wines, or $130 with them. You can view the menu, which includes Twice-baked housemade ricotta cheese soufflé, Boeuf Bourguignon with Black Winter Truffle Mash, and the classic Duck a l'orange, to name but a few of the options. There will also be lunch specials available.
Albert St Food & Wine usually specialises in Mediterranean food, but this Bastille day get set for an exciting hunter themed feast that centres around a boar marinated in red wine and berries, served with handmade pasta (a specialty in the Savoie region) and chocolate sauce! And of course there will be copious amounts of wine and champagne on the night, plus a gorgeous dessert of poached pears, hazelnuts, waffle and salted caramel ice cream. The special menu is available on the 14th July and costs $75 a head.
Le Bouchon French Cuisine sets itself apart from the rest, as it is a casual French bistro that serves high class French cuisine. Owner Stephane grew up in the south west of France before moving to Melbourne. After working in and running a few different restaurants, he finally set up Le Bouchon French Cuisine so that he could share his favourite meals in a casual atmosphere with friends, family and locals. "I've created an environment where people feel relaxed. Where customers can come for an easy night out with the family, or settle in and experience the full French eating and drinking experience," he said. He has done this with the help of Head Chef David 'Jean Pierre' Walford, who has trained at the prestigious French Culinaire Academy in the UK. Le Bouchon French Cuisine will be opening especially on Monday the 14th for a Bastille Day lunch and dinner.
3 Weeds Restaurant is part of the multi-award winning 3 Weeds Hotel in Rozelle. It feels like a European bistro, and overlooks a quaint chef's garden. Meals are well known for bringing French flavours together with an Australian edge, and this Bastille Day's Eve (Sunday 13th) executive chef Nathan Jackson will work his magic alongside celebrity Chef Damien Pignolet to serve up a French celebration. The menu begins with an amuse bouche, accompanied by an apero, followed by hors d'oeuvres, potage creme, plat principal and salade. To finish off, Damien's signature sweet dish will be served. The meal is $88 with a glass of champagne on arrival, or $123 with accompanying wines and liqueurs.
Raise a glass to the French this Bastille Day, whether at one of these participating Good Food Gift Card restaurants or with your own French-inspired menu at home. You can also get in touch with your local Alliance Francaise to see what events they have planned. The Sydney chapter runs an annual celebration in The Rocks. Vive la France!