Make room Sydney: our annual Bastille Festival is returning this July to celebrate its tenth anniversary, including a massive expansion that will see The Rocks, The Overseas Passenger Terminal, East Circular Quay, Customs House, Quay Quarter Lanes and more taken over with cosy French frivolity.
We know the indulgent French food is the major drawcard, and there'll be more than 70 stalls showcasing the best of French cuisine from the Alps to Brittany. You'll be able to load up on escargot, sweet and savory crepes, raclette, macarons and croissants, saucisson, flammkuchen and a huge array of cheeses, plus Euro fusion eats like camembert arancini, creamy mushroom gnocchi, and French paella.
The Sydney Bastille Festival will feature five distinct French villages in 2023 with their own unique festivities, as well as eight French wine bars where you can taste your way around all the best regions like Bordeaux, Burgundy, Cotes du Rhone, Loire, Champagne, and Provence—there'll even be a 1.4-kilometre wine-tasting walk around the Harbour. You can also warm up with mulled wine at cosy mulled wine chalets, or sip imported brews at the French craft beer bar.
As well as the delicious food and drink offering, the Bastille Festival will also host more than 50 performances across multiple stages, including live bands, DJs, dance and street performances, live drawing and fire artists, plus an outdoor cinema screening French classics—details on the lineup will be released here as the festival nears.
Head here for more information on the Bastille Festival 2023 in Sydney.
Bastille Festival | The Details
What: Bastille Festival 2023
When: Thursday 13–Sunday 16 July 2023, 10am–11pm
Where: Circular Quay and surrounds, CBD
Cost: Free entry
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Image credit: Crystal Jo, Sydney Bastille Festival