Following a stellar 2016 event with over 500,000 attendees, the much-loved BBR Festival will return for its fifth year with its biggest program to date and a brand new name, Bastille Festival, the Food Wine Art Revolution.
Uniting individuals and countries in the spirit of Bastille Day, the free street celebration will take place at one of Sydney’s most iconic locations, Circular Quay, across four huge days and nights over the Bastille Day weekend.
A celebration of food, wine and art, the Festival’s jam-packed program involves over 100 performance artists, more than 100 specialty food offerings from countries such as France, Germany, Greece, Portugal and Switzerland; and an incredible selection of beer and wines from some of the most reputable vineyards in France, Spain and Italy.
The Festival will include four main areas:
The Bleu Blanc Rouge and French Emporium Villages (Customs House Square and Scout Place)
Be transported from Sydney to the Moulin Rouge with the Festival’s two French villages located at Customs House Square and Scout Place. A stylish celebration of everything French, the two villages will include a smorgasbord of gourmet food, live performances, films, traditional cabaret and chic homewares. There will also be wine and Champagne masterclasses from regions including Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Champagne and the Loire Valley.
The Nordic Village (East Circular Quay)
A celebration of Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, The Nordic Village will offer delicious winter dishes teamed with mulled wines and craft beers. Attendees can enjoy renowned national specialties such as mussels (Belgium), pretzels and hot dogs (Germany), a wide range of cheeses (Switzerland), as well as waffles and pancakes (The Netherlands). For beer lovers, The Nordic Village will also offer an Electro Beer Garden complete with degustation menu.
The Latin Village (First Fleet Park)
This is the place to party! Bringing the heat to the Festival, The Latin Village will celebrate Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain. Take a salsa lesson, watch flamenco and Portuguese folk dancing, or indulge in a wide range of authentic foods including Italian wood-fire pizza and gelato, and Spanish paella and tapas.
Street Live Shows (Throughout the Festival)
Throughout the four days of the Festival, more than 100 artists will descend onto Circular Quay, including fire twirlers, circus performers, opera singers, flamenco and salsa dancers, magicians and many more. There will also be live music concerts including street bands and free dance parties.
For those looking to relax, the Festival will once again host its open-air-cinema, Mov’In Bed, where attendees can watch a film from the comfort of a bed. On the big screen will be international award-winning films with English subtitles.
Director of the Bastille Festival, Vincent Hernandez said, “We’re very excited to bring our French heritage, our love for food, our passion for good wines and our dedication to live arts to Circular Quay. The Festival is a giant free celebration on the street, the essence of our Revolution, the spirit of Bastille!”
WHAT: Bastille Festival 2017
WHEN: Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July. Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th July from 8am to 11pm; and Sunday 16th July from 8am to 6pm.
WHERE: Circular Quay, Sydney
COST: Free (ticketed events include the cinema and wine masterclasses)
For further information and the program, visit: www.bastillefestival.com