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Bonne Bastille!

While France’s Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th, we plan to get a head start here in the States with our annual Bastille Day on 60th St. This Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., head to 60th from Fifth Avenue to Lexington for all things French, s’il vous plait! The French Institute Alliance Française has been organizing this celebration for twenty years and they definitely know what they’re doing.

First of all, what are we celebrating? Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille. (Hey, we’ll celebrate anyone’s revolution, especially when it involves French food, wine, culture, and entertainment.)

It’s free to wander around the booths on the street and nab a baguette slathered with brie or camembert, or a crepe doused in butter.

But there are other special events happening indoors nearby. A Champagne & Chocolate Tasting will be held at the FIAF offices. Champagne. And. Chocolate. Need we say more? Bollinger, La Caravelle, MarieBelle and Maman Bakery are just a few of the purveyors that will be on hand. Tickets for this event are $65.

There’s also a Summer in the South of France Tasting, also at FIAF, in which participants can taste wines, French beers from Kronenbourg, a summer cocktail from Ricard, a selection of Président cheeses, Les Trois Petits Cochons charcuterie, and Pain d’Avignon baguettes. Tickets cost $25.

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