You are not alone if your nights consist of jealously liking those gorgeous Instagram photos of your friends and family enjoying a European summer! Well, don’t despair as all isn’t lost, thanks to the folks over at the Adelaide Central Market. This Bastille Day, they’re bringing France to us! Yep, that’s right, you can get your French on, without leaving Adelaide on July 13 and 14, with the Central Market’s two-day festival of French culture and cuisine!
You can experience anything and everything French, from escargot and truffles to crepes and baguettes. Expect croquembouche demonstrations by Le Cordon Bleu, live music from Louise Blackwell and the French Set, free tastings, children’s activities, a champagne bar, a live broadcast of the Tour de France and a live performance from the State Opera of South Australia.Everyone is catered for at this free event, no wonder it is expected to be buzzing with over 100,000 people this year! And on top of it all, you can enjoy a slice of an Eiffel Tower cake with a gold coin donation on the official opening of the Bastille Day celebrations, with proceeds going to OzHarvest. This cake is the best thing we never knew we needed and it is for good, so yes we will gladly eat that cake Marie Antoinette wants us to have!
New Market trader Les Deux Coqs – co-owned by French Katia Vincon – has opened its doors just in time for Bastille Day and specialises in locally made French charcuterie. The stall will host a ticketed five-course traditional French dinner on the Saturday. Ms Vincon says Bastille Day was quite laid back and all about “taking advantage of the day off by hanging out with friends and family in the form of a BBQ or a picnic.” Sounds like us Aussies are quite French!
You can expect other French goodies at various stallholders hosting their own unique experiences such as a locally made pate and terrine from Barossa Fine Foods or a traditional French Jambon Persille – filled with venison, rabbit, turkey or ham hock – from O’Connell’s Meats. And cheese lovers rejoice because you can enjoy a Parisian Cheese After Dark hosted by The Smelly Cheese Shop, featuring French cheeses and wines.
And unlike our friends and family currently in Europe, we can enjoy the best of both French and Aussie worlds. Dr Nick Begakis the Chair of Adelaide Central Market Authority, agrees that “South Australians are passionate about good, locally made food” and he says that “what better way to celebrate one of the Market’s 42 nationalities than with our speciality French food?” We totally agree!
The celebrations embrace our shared passions for delicious food, wine and music and highlight the Market’s extensive range of French fare. Why would you miss out on good food, drink and wine? So put on your striped tees, neck scarves and berets for Bastille Day! (And don’t forget to capture it on Insta and make your travelling friends jealous)