Bastille Day Festival At Sydney’s Circular Quay 2018


It comes as no surprise that the French really know how to put on a show and the French community here in Sydney are of no exception.  Circular Quay was alive and bursting with energy and activity in the key areas set up for the event with the backdrop of our spectacular Harbour and famous icons.  France sent Sydney a share of their summery weather to warm up our winter for this very special French festival which was a blessing indeed especially for the stalls set up in the very exposed “First Fleet Park The Rocks Village” area.   Here some of Sydney’s best food venues, wine distributers and boutiques selling all things French were pleasing the crowds of Sydneysiders and tourists swarming in from the Quay to sample some delicious food and wine or to purchase something chic for the home with live entertainment and music by some French inspired performers to enjoy while there.

To the right of the Rocks Village area the lovely ladies from French Cargo ( adorned in Breton striped shirts and Parisian print aprons were promoting merchandise from their tres chic boutique based in Ramsgate offering delightfully French inspired objects for the home.  Everything at the French Cargo stall was a delight to behold from table and kitchen linen to coasters, serving trays, pretty tins, home fragrance, Provincial soaps, books, umbrellas and scarves were available for purchase.  Just beside French Cargo the well known and loved L’Occitane En Provence ( were all set up and ready for the crowds with a wonderful range of body care products and fragrance inspired by the herbs and flowers of Provence inside a beautifully presented in their signature sunburst yellow stall decorated with flowers and where some promotional packages were available to customers and especially organised for the festival.  Kam Otto – International Fashion & Homewares distribution ( was also attracting attention with their eye pleasing and lovely French summery merchandise items such as colourful beach towels and bags, a selection of French inspired t-shirts and hard to resist body fragrance that instantly remind you of a summery garden or days spent by the beach.

In between L’Occitane and Kam Otto a line of parents with their overly excited children stood in line waiting to get a taste of some fairy floss by Fluffy Crunch – a gourmet fairy floss catering business ( making traditional fairy floss spun on the spot and offering an incredible selection of beautifully packaged floss in flavours that will excite and delight.   Some other stalls offering all things French and very sweet was the ever popular Zumba promoting their signature array of vibrant and delicious macarons in tempting flavours.  French Puff, with staff adorned in tri colour French hats and Breton stripes, were busy serving up irresistible plates of profiteroles with chocolate sauce and scrumptious garlicky and buttery escargots (snails) served on a bed of crusty baguette.  French Kiss Creperie (find them at World Square Shopping Centre and Darling Harbour’s Harbourside Shopping Centre) was sharing the sweet love with gusto promoting their assortment of scrumptious sweet crepes (and some savoury choices too) made fresh to order on the spot and served with charisma to a huge crowd waiting eagerly in line for a taste of that favourite French snack.  Another food stall sensation was Duck In Duck Out ( – promoting our favourite chef Manu Feildel’s (host of My Kitchen Rules) restaurant at World Square Sydney serving the best “Quack Daddy” duck burgers, Quack drumettes and their signature loaded fries the best in town.

A French festival wouldn’t be the same without some French cheese and Sacre Bleu (visit their Facebook page Sacrebleu Sydney to locate where they will be next) gathered in the fromage loving crowds that stood in line excitedly waiting to get a taste of delicious French cheese especially their signature Camembert melt, cheese cones, Truffle Croque monsieur, Camenbert Burger – the best in Sydney of course!  Then there was the Mode Kitchen & Bar stall offering incredibly tasty and beautifully presented porcetta sandwiches and other hard to resist French items like crème brulee caramelised on the spot, madeleines, tarte aux pommes and more.  Taking centre stage, but of course, was the crowd pleasing M. Chapoutier French Wine Tasting Tour Stall promoting some lovely wine from the Rhone Valley region in France and offering wine tasting sessions to anyone interested.

While the main part of Circular Quay enjoyed an amazing show of interest and participation, Four Frogs Circular Quay (1 Alfred Street) – main participator of the event, was a delight on the weekend of the Bastille Day festivities as well serving up delicious crepes and cider to a full house of diners.  The creperie was filled with Bastille Day excitement and energy and what could be a better way of soaking up some of that French spirit than in a place filled with French décor and nods to France and where staff are adorned in French berets and stripes and speak with adorable French accents.  This is where my Bastille Day festivities began with the lovely France and all French things blogger Annette Charlton at “” where you can read stories and tips on anything and everything to do with France.  All in all, the Bastille Day Festival at Circular Quay was a great success and a wonderful event to be a part of not only to get an incredible taste of France but to meet with Sydney’s inspiring and lovely French community contributing so much to our own community and enriching our culture with some of that very necessary savoir faire and je ne sais quoi. To find out more about Four Frogs at Circular Quay go to the restaurant category at – merci!


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