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WHAT TO DO ON BASTILLE DAY?

WHAT TO DO ON BASTILLE DAY?

July 14th is the French national day – it’s called “Bastille day” outside of France but never in France! “Le Quatorze Juillet” is a day of celebrating French culture. Numerous public events take place: military parades, city meals, dances, parties and many amazing fireworks.

A BRIEF LOOK INTO HISTORY

Historically, Bastille Day marks the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, by angry Parisian crowds. This seismic act demonstrated that ordinary people would no longer accept the absolute power of the King and signaled the start of the French Revolution which forced the creation of the modern French Republic.

WHAT ARE SYMBOLS OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC?

- Marianne and the national motto. Marianne is the female figure who represents French values "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity".
- National anthem. La Marseillaise is the patriotic hymn of the French Revolution; it became national anthem in 1879.
- Flag. Le drepeautricolour is an emblem of the Fifth Republic. White represents the King, while blue and red represent the City of Paris.
- Rooster. The Latin word Gallus means both "rooster" and "inhabitant of Gaul". It is now a widely used symbol of France and the national football team has been wearing it on their jerseys since 1909.

HOW DO THE FRENCH CELEBRATE?

The main event is a military parade in Paris attended by President of the Republic and other political leaders. Around 4,000 soldiers, police, firefighters and various military academies take part in the spectacle on Paris's famous Champs-Élysées. In the evening fireworks light up the capital from Eiffel Tower. The whole day is celebrated with street parties, dances and of course delicious food!

But what do French people eat on Bastille Day?

In France, a festive menu often consists of steak tartare, a classic fresh beef mince seasoned with capers, shallots and served with tossed green leaves and crusty bread. Another delicious option is a quiche lorraine served with some green leaves. This tart blends a melt-in-the-mouth pastry, savoury custard and crispy bacon to deliver the perfect summery snack. For dinner, the starter would be a light option such as a soupe a l’oignon, followed perhaps by a traditional coq au vin. Be sure to leave plenty of room for a dessert such as famous crème brulee.

A festive menu in France also consists of a selection of sweet dishes, from pain au chocolat to brioche or even croissants. One of all time favourites are, of course, crepes (pancakes) often served with sugar, jam, honey or fresh fruits.

Start your food revolution this Bastille Day with a rich, warming onion soup, followed by a desert of your choice! Look for recipes online or try ours! Enjoy the day!

HOW TO MAKE CREPES

Ingredients
3 large free-range eggs
125g plain flour
250ml milk
unsalted butter

Method
Crack the eggs into a blender, then add the flour, milk and 1 pinch of sea salt and blitz until smooth.
Pour into a bowl and leave to stand for 15 minutes.

Melt the butter in a large non-stick frying pan. Pour in 1 ladle of batter and spread it all over the base, then cook for 1-2 minutes, or until it starts to come away from the sides. Once golden underneath, flip the pancake and cook for a further minute.

Serve straightaway with your favourite topping.