London’s largest official Bastille celebration is back at Borough Market on Sunday 9 July and this year marks the festival's 10th anniversary in Bankside.
Not only will our Bastille festival be a celebration of French culture and cuisine, it will especially be one of love, friendship and solidarity for the Market. With such a great French community of traders, the event is an opportunity to show exactly what Borough Market does best.
This free festival is produced in partnership with Better Bankside and Français Du Monde to celebrate the fabulous Fête Nationale - so why the 9th July?
The French national day falls on a Thursday, so to ensure the whole day is dedicated to celebrating all things French, there will be festivities in and around the historic food market in Bankside from 12pm – 6pm.
No French party would be complete without delicious food, and visitors will be in for a gastronomic treat with a host of French fancies on offer. Borough Market will be opening its doors especially for the celebration and will be full of traders and stalls selling French delicacies. From red, white and blue macarons to crepes and croissants, the market will be bursting with traditional treats.
There will also be a special French themed free Demonstration Kitchen hosted by Luke Robinson between 12.30 - 1.30pm and 2 - 3pm, when he will create a few French classics interpreted in his own contemporary style.
Artists, musicians and performers will be entertaining throughout the day, including Parisian folk music from Oh La La and this year we're introducing swing rock 'n' roll classes.
For one day only, Borough Market will have its own Pétanque (or Boules) court, so visitors can enjoy this quintessentially French game. Last year’s popular Hula Hoop show will also return and of course we can't forget the waiter's race.The Market Hall will be full of children’s activities and stalls, with French nursery rhymes, dancing and story-telling.
Festivities continue into the early evening and will close with a traditional Bal Populaire featuring live Gypsy Jazz and Swing band, Fleur de Paris from 5 - 6pm.
Alors on dance!
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Jun 29 2016