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Sydney’s Bastille Festival Is Coming Back With Endless Mulled Wine And Raclette

By Jessica Best
23rd May 2022

night market with mulled wine stand

Make room Sydney, the festival of all things raclette, crepes and fresh baguettes, mulled wine and flammekueche is back with a vengeance and you’ll want to clear your schedule.

After a couple of cancellations (thanks to dear Miss ‘Rona), Sydney’s annual Bastille Festival is returning this July—so get ready to cop some seriously drool-worthy events and feasts. Kicking off on Bastille Day on Thursday 14 July, the French festival will be rocking a brand-new line-up of antics, with all the French food, wine, and art you could dream of.

The festival will also feature eight French wine bars where you can taste your way around all the best French vineyards and regions like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Cotes du Rhone, Loire, Champagne, and Provence. You’ll also find steamy mulled wine at the mulled wine chalets, as well as French craft beer and a 1.4km wine walk.

As for the food, you can book tickets for one of the private pop-up igloos ($89pp), where you'll sit by a firepit and feast on 1.8kg of melted raclette cheese, plus charcuterie, potatoes, pickles and more with your mates. Or, book in to join the Wine & Cheese Feast for two hours of French vinos paired with a heap of artisanal cheese ($95pp).

And to top things off, the super-popular Christmas In July Festival will be happening in conjunction with Bastille Festival. Expect traditional wooden huts, sparkling lights, mulled wine bars, live concerts, and other magical white Christmas highlights. There'll also be an outdoor market with 70 stallholders peddling everything from crepes and baguettes to fondue and creamy pizzas with onion known as “flammekueche”. 

The French fest will also be heating up The Rocks with live performances and art, with the program yet to be announced. To stay up to date, check the Bastille Festival website.  

Head here for more information on the Bastille Festival 2022 in Sydney.

The Details

What: Bastille Festival 2022
When: Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 July 2022
Where: Circular Quay, CBD

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Image credit: Crystal Jo

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