By Melissa Keogh
Dust off your beret and pop a crusty baguette in the basket of your vintage bicycle because Bastille Day is almost here.
Adelaide Central Market stallholders will celebrate all things trés chic on Friday, July 14, for France’s National Day.
A French-inspired program of free and ticketed events will unfold and delicious goodies and celebratory activities will be on offer.
Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, which was a critical turning point in the French Revolution.
The celebration results in military parades, public events and festivities across France every year.
South Australians won’t be shy of showcasing the best of Parisian culture, as the Central Market hosts a pop-up crepe bar, free cooking demonstrations, champagne tastings and, of course, lots of cheese.
But, it wouldn’t be a celebration without cake.
Market trader Dough has created a giant Eiffel Tower cake and marketgoers can indulge in a slice for a gold coin donation.
Proceeds go to local charity OzHarvest.
Adelaide Central Market Authority general manager Aaron Brumby said the Bastille Day celebrations would immerse customers in a day of French fare and culture.
“We’re excited to be able to express French culture through the produce our customers love like pastries, bread, smallgoods, truffles, and of course, cheese,” he said.
“Like the French, South Australians have a strong passion for good food and Bastille Day gives us a chance to celebrate our shared appreciation.”
Pop-up crepe bar
The Market Bread Bar will whip up the tasty French street food staple, crepes, at its pop-up bar from 11am – 2pm and 6–9pm.
Free cooking demos
Jenni Key from Le Cordon Bleu will host free cooking demonstrations at the market’s community kitchen at 12pm and 7pm.
Sample some of the best artisan products for free (yippee) from around the market between 11am – 2pm and 6–8.30pm.
On your bike
Catch the action of the Tour De France when the famous bike race screens from 2–9pm.
Catch live music at the market from 11am – 2pm and 5–8pm.
The Louise Blackwell Quartet will also delight listeners with a free performance from 6–7pm.
What about the children?
Kids can indulge in cupcake decorating from 9.30am – midday, facepainting from 10am – 2pm and a big balloon giveaway from 10am.
And lastly …
Some marketgoers will enjoy a full Parisian experience with a six-course French meal designed and cooked by MasterChef’s Poh Ling Yeow from Jamface. However, this event has already sold out, as has the Raclette Party hosted by The Smelly Cheese Shop.