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Bastille Festival
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Celebrate French food, wine, art and culture in the heart of The Rocks.

12 to 15 July
The Rocks, NSW, 2000

In July 2018, BBR Festival will celebrate its 6th Anniversary and for the occasion will be renamed  “BASTILLE FESTIVAL SYDNEY”.

Over the past five years, this free annual event became the most anticipated street gathering celebrating French Culture in the city and bringing the very best things in life – FOOD, WINE and ARTS – right in the heart of Sydney.

Bastille Festival Sydney 2018 takes over the iconic Circular Quay, to be held a few meters away from the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the Museum of Contemporary Arts Sydney.

Held over the Bastille Day weekend, from Thursday 12 July 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018, the French will certainly keep the movement of celebrating FOOD WINE and ARTS, while at the same time, unifying people and countries behind the beautiful spirit of Bastille Day in a giant street celebration.

Bastille Festival Sydney sets up not only 4 food villages but 8 wine bars and beer gardens, 14 live concerts, 2 Dj sets, 1 cabaret show, 7 movie screenings on deck chairs,  more than 40 street live performances all day and night from circus to country folk dances and music.

Come and visit Bastille Festival Sydney over the weekend and experience a wonderful journey of street celebration, the French way!


It's a feast'ival! A culinary journey to France without the jet lag.

The Bastille Festival features glorious food across 70 stalls. Bite into the best baguettes, taste some stinky cheese and savour some traditional French cakes for an unmissable food experience.

Visiting Bastille Festival Sydney is like going on a culinary trip around France. Embark on a culinary journey through France’s most loved regional food specialties such as The Raclette and Fondue from the Alps, The Choucroute and The flammkuchen from the East of France, Crepes and some tasty cheeses from Normandy or Brittany. Overall, more than 100 mouth-watering food specialties.

How exciting ! If you are a foodie, you definitely don’t want to miss these unique creations ! Camembert Arancini, Creamy mushrooms Gnocchi, French Paella, Churros with French Jams and so much more. 30 recipes created exclusively for the Festival, amazing food for food lovers and experience seekers.

Regardless of whether it takes place in one’s mind, on the street, or in the kitchen, people who travel unlock new inspirations on every journey. Embark on our own culinary journey – Bastille Festival Sydney 2018 – without having to cross any ocean.


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French Wine Tasting Tour

One French Passport – 7 French Wine Regions and as many good reasons to walk around the festival.

How about getting yourself a French passport ? If it doesn’t give you the French Nationality, it will definitely give you access to an amazing French wine experience ! Walk around the Festival with your Eco wine glass and use your express path and your passport to request your wine tasting. Each region will be showcasing an amazing wine, something really unique that you will want to taste. From a Chateau Latour to a St Emilion, it’s a little tour into France’s most reputable wine and vineyards.

Passport is available for Pre-sale at a cost of $29. Just come and pick it up at the Info tent.

It gives you access to the tasting of 7 wines and one beer tasting and comes with one branded wine glass.


Rosé Royale Bar Experience

Rosé Royale is the World’s First Rosé Wine Bar. As the name suggests, they are specialised in Rosé wine. Their Rosé Wine Fridge has more than 35 rosés from around the world. They have also handcrafted some delicious cocktails with rosé elements in them. They offer rosé tasting as well as a rosé masterclass.

The food menu is inspired by rosé as well, think rosé-braised beef cheeks, coq au vin rosé, even our own rosé mayo and rosé butter. As for desserts, our signature cake is made out of rosé jelly, grapefruit mousse, dacquoise. Of course, there will be rosé ice-cream and sorbets too…

It’s literally everything rosé !

Bastille Festival Sydney will be setting up a dedicated Rosé Royale Bar during 4 days on the 12, 13, 14 and 15 July 2018. The Bar will be located at East Circular Quay Village.


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Le Cabaret Show – By The Magician’s Cabaret

Discover the traditional French Cabaret!

The annual Grand Cabaret Show created for Bastille Festival by James Karp (The Magicians Cabaret) and choreographed by James Taylor will return for a night full of surprises… For the past 4 festivals, it has appeared to audiences on Channel Seven’s Morning Show, SBS, Fox, CCTV and French media TV5 Monde.

Reminiscent of Parisian cabaret of the 17th & 18th Century….where artists would gather to share their art-form, philosophies, literature, laughter and love. Even the cuisine is modelled on the way the French dined in those days. Furthermore, it was a French magician who modernised magic by taking it off the streets and into cabaret and music hall venues, which after four short cabaret acts of poetry, song and dance and your three course French dinner, La Belle Rose features a magic cabaret act. So leave your analytical mind behind and enjoy this cultural journey back in time and as the French say, joie de vivre (joy of living).


DJ Sets

Due to popular demand, Bastille Festival Sydney takes advantage of the beautiful venue of First Fleet Park again and invites French and International DJs to perform in front of the Sydney crowd.

As the sun sets over Sydney’s winter nights, First Fleet Park will light up with an impressive line-up of local and international DJ talents to warm up the chilly evenings. Whatever your musical inclinations may be, we’ve got you covered – from hip hop to soul, electronica to jazz and of course French music to celebrate Bastille Day weekend with Panache!



The live art Revolution is on at Bastille Festival with free demonstrations of traditional folk dances from various countries. Prepare to be amazed by the French Cancan, French Folk, Capoeira, Tango, and more…


Circus Acts

There will be 40 live performers over 4 days to entertain visitors all day and night. All acts will be free and roving around the event to allow maximum watchers to enjoy.

Starting at 3pm every day till 11pm each evening, a program of selected artists will be performing all around the Festival.

From clowns to trapeze artists, there is always something for everyone; from fire twirlers, uni-cycling to acrobats, mimes, jugglers, sword swallowers, clowns, majestic creatures striding through the crowd, cabaret artists …visitors of all ages will be able to watch various circus performances, each show bringing together sizzling dance choreographies, costuming and sensational skills.

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This year, The Rocks will be set up for an amazing French winter experience. The market opens at 1pm and when it starts to get dark, the Christmas spirit will take over the streets of Rocks… 12 wooden chalets especially imported from Europe for the occasion. They will be set around the Rocks with an array of amazing pop-up Christmas stores, food and more.

Walk through the Christmas in July market, listen to a chorus and let yourself be transported by the scent of the mulled wine and the fragrance of the Christmas trees.

If you’re looking for a unique gift to celebrate Christmas in July, this market will be the perfect place to find an affordable present for your friends and family. Discover some artisanal creations, wooden toys, candles and authentic French food such as saucisson, foie gras, waffles and crepes.




It’s just pure pleasure to wrap yourself in a blanket, sip on a glass of mulled wine and watch a good movie. Bastille Festival visitors can take part in an extraordinary movie night experience under the stars.

“Le Cinema” will be located on Tallawoladah Lawn in The Rocks in front of the MCA for 7 exclusive screenings under the stars at Bastille Festival 2018 on 12, 13, 14, and 15 July 2018 with 2 movies per night.

With only 100 deck chairs available each night, enjoy an exclusive cinema experience like no other with your family and friends. The event runs from 12th July, 2018 through to 18th July, 2018 with 2 screenings per night.

Ticket options start from $18.



One long table full of French cheeses, freshly baked bread. 7 french wines – 25 people – 2h Dinner Masterclass experience.

This masterclass is designed to play with your senses. It’s a wonderful journey through France’s best wine regions for the Gourmet and Gourmand – matched with delicious French cheeses – It’s our Wine and Cheese Feast ! The Masterclass is run by a “Passionate” sommelier and the experience last for around 2 hours.

Purchase tickets here


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