Bastille Festival 2023: the biggest celebration of French culture in the Asia Pacific takes over Circular Quay and The Rocks from today

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Bastille Festival 2023 returns to Sydney’s Circular Quay and the Rocks today for four days of French food, wine, art and revolution. Bastille Day 2023 is the 10th anniversary of the French festival and they’re getting bigger and better this time taking over The Rocks, The Overseas Passenger Terminal, East Circular Quay, Customs House, Quay Quarter Lanes and more.

Bastille Festival 2023

Bastille Festival 2023 will transport you to a French wonderland of delectable food, exquisite wine, and captivating art. Not just a commemoration of France’s national holiday; Bastille Festival 2023 is a remarkable opportunity to immerse oneself in France’s rich culture and history. With five distinct villages to explore, each with its own unique festivities, you can choose a different village to visit throughout the festival.


A culinary voyage throughout France without leaving the city

You can delight your tastebuds with an indulgent range of classic French dishes at Bastille Festival 2023. Expect to savour the likes of escargot, sweet and savoury crepes, raclette, fondue, choucroute, flammkuchen, lobster rolls, moule mariniere (Mussels in white wine), scallops mornay, the best baguettes, stinky cheese, traditional French cakes, and much more.

Bastille Festival 2023 raclette igloo

Bastille Festival 2023 will also feature collaborations with Sydney’s most avant-garde chefs and food artists, who will bring their unique French fusion creations to the festival. Think Camembert Arancini, Creamy Mushroom Gnocchi, French Paella, and Churros with French jams.


Raclette igloo experience  – $99 per person for your own private igloo to seat 6 or 8 people

Book your own private igloo with your family and friends (from 6 to 8 people), let your love for cheese fill your stomach and warm your heart.


The table is set beautifully and ready for your party. The Raclette cheese is sliced, the charcuterie & pickles are on a board, potatoes are in the bain-marie, the mulled wine is in the urn & the Raclette grill (to melt your cheese) in on the table and warm. You are all set for an incredible foody & cheese experience.

Don’t forget to leave a little bit of room for a delicious Belgian thick hot chocolate topped with a giant roasted marshmallow – the perfect cozy dessert. 


Your igloo experience gets you:

  • 1.8kg of raclette cheese, 1kg of charcuterie, potatoes, pickles;
  • one glass of Warmed Mulled Wine per person; and
  • one hot chocolate per person with a roasted marshmallow on top


Pop-up Champagne, Oyster & Fresh Prawn Bar,

Located on East Circular Quay Village, with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy champagne, delectable oysters, fresh prawns, and a vibrant Jazz Club Stage, treat yourself with la crème de la crème!

Bastille Festival 2023


The only passport you’ll need is your wine passport

Engage on a wine tour through France’s wine regions and get stamps in your wine passport at Bastille Festival 2023. You can stroll through the 1.4km wine tasting trail at the Bastille Festival 2023 with your passport and wine glass and sample wines from Bordeaux to Provence and the Loire to Burgundy.  Choose between 4 or 8 tastings (all are half pours) for $36 or $59 per person. You will also get a keepsake bastille Festival wineglass.

Bastille Festival 2023

Wines are of course also available for purchase.


Mulled wine chalets

Just what you need to warm up as the temperature drops is a glass of mulled wine with cinnamon, star anise and cloves.


Craft beers

Visit French breweries without the air ticket and taste a variety of local craft beers on the Bastille Festival 2023 Craft Beer Bar menu.


Wine masterclasses

45 minutes hosted by wine experts sharing insights on the region and tastings of 3 exclusive wines from the regions

Bordeaux -Friday 5pm

Provence – Saturday 4pm

Burgundy & Beaujolais Saturday 6pm and Sunday 2pm


Free coffee!

Need some extra fuel to keep you going? L’Or one of Bastille Festival 2023’s sponsors has a pop up L’Or Parisian Café. You can get a free coffee and enter a competition for the chance to win a trip to Paris.

Be entertained

Entertainment abounds across several stages at Bastille Festival 2023. There truly is something for all tastes with live music, DJs, dance, circus and street performances, live drawing and fire artists.


Le Mulled wine cinema – ticketed

Watch classic French films in the comfort of deck chairs and cosy blankets. This is a ticketed event. To see the program and purchase your tickets, click here

Bastille Day 2023


Art market

12 talented artists will gather to showcase and sell their captivating creations at Bastille Festival 2023’s Art market. You’ll find a diverse array of art, from stunning paintings and sculptures to intricate ceramics and captivating photography.


Stroll through the bustling market, engage with the artists, and learn about the inspiration behind their works. From contemporary and abstract art to traditional and experimental forms, there is something to enthral every art enthusiast.


Bastille Festival 2023 in numbers 4 kilometre wine tasting trail four days, five villages, eight wine regions, 10 years of the Bastille Festival, 10 films 11 film screenings 12 artists at the Art Market 30 recipes created exclusively, 70 pop-up restaurants and terraces, 10 tons of cheese, 80 artists 100 vendors; and 10,000 litres of wine.


Vive la révolution!



WHAT: Bastille Festival 2023

WHERE: Circular Quay and The Rocks

WHEN: Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 July

  • Thursday 12pm – 10pm
  • Friday 10am – 11pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 11pm.
  • Sunday 10am – 8pm
  • Low Sensory Hours: 10am to Midday each day of Bastille Festival 2023

HOW: Just go. Unless you want to go to a ticketed event in which case you can purchase tickets via the links above.

HOW MUCH: Entry is free!


For other events with links to French and Francophone culture happening in Australia this month, check out our What’s on in July

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Pop the champagne and start your Bastille Day celebrations early at Bastille Day Melbourne 2023 this weekend

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Bastille Day Melbourne 2023 is on in a new location, at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market this weekend. They invite you to swap your beanie for a béret and celebrate all things French in Melbourne. Read on to find out everything you can eat, drink and experience at Bastille Day Melbourne 2023.

Bastille Day Melbourne 2023


A French festival wouldn’t be complete without a tempting array of food stalls selling French cuisine and some French wine or even some champagne.


On the Rue des bistrots you’ll find:

  • Le Gourmet Lemon
  • Frencheese
  • Orléans Mussels & Chips
  • Long Paddock Cheese
  • Posh Brioche
  • France at Home
  • La Truffière
  • A Taste of Paris
  • Saucissons by La Bastide



In Le Café you’ll find stalls from:

  • Motte
  • Kanelle Pâtisserie
  • PEUGEOT Australia
  • Park Lane Coffee
  • La Louche Crêperie
  • Choukette



Le Bar will quench your thirst with stalls from:

  • Festival Bar
  • Champagne Philippe Fournier
  • Grand Cru and Mates
  • Mind Spirits & Co.
  • Bordeaux and Beyond



On the programme are lots of free events as well as some paid ticketed events so there’s something at Bastille Day Melbourne 2023 for every budget. Among the free entertainment, you’ll find mime, dance, musical and circus performers on the Main Stage as well as roving throughout the festival grounds. Musicians Noria and the Parisians, Philippe the Accordionist, Vive la Différence, and Zilwa Tribe , Moogy & The Avant-Guardians, and Boum! Meringue will get you up and dancing. You can witness the skill of can can dancers both on the main stage and roving throughout the Queen Victoria Market sheds at Bastille Day Melbourne 2023.

Pre-schoolers and primary students can learn some circus skills courtesy of The French Circus School. You can even learn some French with free 30 minute classes led by the Alliance Française de Melbourne!



There are also plenty of French and French-inspired products for you to buy at Bastille Day Melbourne 2023 this weekend. Stall-holders include:

  • Babel Books
  • Beju French Jewellery
  • Belite and Today is a good day
  • French Beauty Co.
  • Language International Bookstore
  • Susan Kerlan Illustrations
  • Zoé & Chloé and Co.



We’ve divided the Bastille Day Melbourne 2023 program into talks, masterclasses and the walking tour.



At Bastille Day Melbourne 2023, there are talks about a diverse range of topics including the Olympic Games, art, fashion and the environment.


There are also masterclasses where you can get involved and learn about fragrance, mime, fashion, cheese and wine and French spirits.

  • Masterclass: All Things French with Fragrance Hosted by fashion doyenne Christine Barro, you will be delighted with stories on the heroes of Haute Couture and expert instruction on the selection of a signature French scent, enjoyed with French champagne and festive macarons.
  • Masterclass: Mime by mime artist Rod Lara Learn all the techniques of becoming a mime from Rod Lara who has 24 years experience. It’s particularly special as this year marks 100 years since the birth of Marcel Marceau
  • Masterclass: A Taste of France – Cheese & Wine Enjoy an exquisite pairing of five artisan cheeses carefully curated by Gaetan from Long Paddock Cheese, accompanied by five glasses of meticulously selected wines by Ana from Voila Wine and Co.
  • Masterclasss: Tour de France of Spirits Led by Brieuc from Cerbaco, this immersive experience delves into the history, production techniques, and tasting notes, allowing you to deepen your knowledge and appreciation for the art of Cognac and Armagnac.
  • Masterclass: The Secrets of French Style – A Blue Illusion styling masterclass hosted by globe-trotting Catriona Rowntree and Blue Illusion’s founder and creative director, Donna Guest. They introduce you to their new ‘travel capsule’ collaboration; as well as share their tips and techniques of how to adopt your own unique sense of style, à la Française.

Bastille Day Melbourne 2023


Bouygues Walking Tour: French Icons of Melbourne Discover Melbourne through a French eye. Be prepared to walk a little and enjoy a few French touches along the way… L’Occitane… Christine… La Belle Miette… All senses awaken!!!! The tour will end with a glass of sparkling at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins in the Atrium Bar.



They also have an online program so if you can’t join them in person, you can join them online for a range of live crosses to France, in conversations, musical delights and more!


You can view the online program via this link


WHAT: Bastille Day Melbourne 2023

WHERE: Queen Victoria Market, Sheds C & D

WHEN: 9am to 4pm on both Saturday 8 July and Sunday 9 July 2023

HOW: Just show up – or if you’re interested in a ticketed event, book you place ASAP via the relevant links above so you don’t miss out

HOW MUCH: Free entry, lots of free entertainment and some ticketed events, the price of which varies depending on the event. Plenty of French food and drinks to be purchased also.


For other events with French links happening in Melbourne, and all of Australia this month, check out our What’s on in July article

And if you’re looking for more Bastille Day celebrations, take a look at our Bastille Day 2023 article



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