Bastille Festival Sydney returns bigger and better in 2022

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Marking 10 years since its first festival in 2012, Bastille Festival Sydney is back with its Food, Wine & Art Revolution in the heart of Sydney. A French-inspired winter Festival bringing the best food, wine and art to the Customs House forecourt. They’re calling it a “A Feast’ival – a culinary journey to France without the jetlag”.

Bastille Festival Sydney

Here’s some of what you’ll find at Bastille Festival Sydney:

  • The Parisian Foodie Village​ (located in front of Customs House): over 70 food stalls selling traditional French foodie treats, such as raclette and fondue from the Alps, choucroute and flammkuchen from the East of France, crepes and cheeses from Normandy as well as saucisson, fresh baguettes, soups, croque-monsieur and more!
    Bastille Festival Sydney
  • Chef Village (next to the Museum of Contemporary Art) – the main entertainment stage -speciality dishes with a French fusion from a selection of Bastille Festival Sydney’s favourite restaurants – think Camembert Arancini, Creamy mushrooms Gnocchi, French Paella, Churros with French Jams and so much more. 30 recipes have been created exclusively for the Bastille Festival Sydney!
  • Watch Tefal chefs prepare their take on French dishes masterclasses: Justine Schofield with her take on the snails bourguignon or Jason Roberts prepare a unique Soupe à l’oignon (onion soup)… and even better, you will also taste it! https://bastillefestival.com.au/tefal-chef-village/
  • Free hands-on cooking sessions – try your hand at crepe making (bookings required: https://bastillefestival.com.au/tefal-chef-village/ )
  • A wine walk of 8 wine regions across 8 les bars à vin (wine bars) – travel through the wines from Bordeaux, Bourgogne and Provence wines, while strolling from Circular Quay to the Rocks. Book your Bastille Festival Wine Walk here: https://bastillefestival.com.au/product/bastille-wine-walk/
    Bastille Festival Sydney
  • Mulled wine chalets – warm up with a delicious glass of vin chaud – delicious spiced wine beverage full of cinnamon, star anise and cloves.
  • French craft beers – if wine isn’t your thing (or even if it is), you can try French craft beers at First Fleet Park.
  • Wine & Cheese Feast – a 2 hour Sommelier led journey through France’s finest wine and cheese regions hosted in a private house in The Rocks. Book your feast here: https://bastillefestival.com.au/french-wine-cheese-feast-bastille-festival/

 

KEY INFO ABOUT BASTILLE FESTIVAL SYDNEY

WHAT: Bastille Festival Sydney

WHERE: Customs House forecourt and Loftus street, SYDNEY

WHEN: Four days and nights to indulge

  • Thursday 14th of July : 12pm – 10pm
  • Friday 15th of July : 10am – 11pm
  • Saturday 16th of July : 10am – 11pm.
  • Sunday 17th of July : 10am – 8pm

HOW: Just show up (except if you want to attend the masterclasses or ticketed experiences, in which case, purchase your ticket via the Bastille Festival Sydney website: https://bastillefestival.com.au/

HOW MUCH: Entry is free except for the ticketed experiences

 

Will you be attending Bastille Festival Sydney?

 

For other ways to celebrate Bastille Day 2022 around Australia, click here.

 

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National Escargot Day: everything you need to know about the French delicacy  

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Today, 24 May, is National Escargot Day! To celebrate the day, we take a look at the history of this French dish and share where you can dine on escargots around Australia.

National Escargot Day

Escargots have been eaten since prehistoric times but not in the way they are prepared today. Then they were eaten by those who couldn’t afford to eat anything else. Quite far from the delicacy they have become today.

 

The origin of the dish is in Burgundy where snails are cooked with garlic, parsley and butter. This preparation is known as the escargot à la bourguignonne.

 

The popularity of escargots is attributed to the then French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Talleyrand, who, in 1814, was organising a reception for the Russian Tsar who was in Paris. He wanted to impress him and serve him something he’d never eaten before. His chef was Antonin Carême , a Burgundian, and escargots was in its beginnings a Burgundian dish.

 

The snails you eat in France aren’t likely to be French anymore. The Burgundian variety of snail, Helix pomatia, is no longer seen in France having suffered from its popularity and also the use of pesticides. Now, the snails you eat in France are actually from Eastern Europe unless they are from specific snail farms.

 

Helix pomatia is a protected species in France so you’re not allowed to be collected during their reproductive period from 1 April to 30 June. Outside of that time, you’re not allowed to collect or sell them if their shell is less than 3cm in diameter.

 

There are also other regional takes on the dish:

  • Escargots à l’alsacienne – cooked with dry white Alsatian wine, stock, lard, onion, parsley, 1 bouquet garni, 4 spices, aniseed, salt and pepper
  • Escargots à la bordelaise – cooked in a tomato base with Armagnac, Espelette chilli, ham and duck
  • Escargots à la provençale – cooked with chopped tomatoes, rosé wine, speck, prosciutto, chilli, dill, parsley

 

Escargots à la provençale

WHERE YOU CAN GET ESCARGOTS FOR NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY

 

BRISBANE

Boucher always has its roast snails in the shell with garlic & parsley butter on the menu.

 

PERTH

Bistro Guillaume‘s Escargot En Persillade with a Brioche Crumb is one of its menu staples across its Perth and all of the Bistro Guillaume restaurants. Available on the menu all year round, the perfectly prepared dish is a delicious treat that begins by placing the snails into specialised dishes and topped with a classic French sauce known as ‘Persillade’ that consists of parsley, butter and a delicate brioche crumb. The dish is perfectly paired with grilled sourdough.

 

SYDNEY, NSW

L’Heritage serves its escargots all year round so you can enjoy them on National Escargot Day and every day. Their snails are poached in court bouillon, roasted w/ confit garlic and persillade butter, sliced baguette. 

 

Happy National Escargot Day! Have you ever tried escargots? Where do you go for them?

 

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It’s Cheese Soufflé Day!

Happy World Chocolate Day 2021!

International Croissant Day 2022: Warning don’t read this while you’re hungry!

La Chandeleur 2020: where to get your crêpes

What is the Galette des Rois and why do the French celebrate it?

 

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