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Vive la France!  Francophiles can celebrate Bastille Day at Adelaide’s Finest next week by tasting an array of French-themed foods.

Bastille Day (next Friday, July 14)  is the national day of France and is marked by events and festivities to celebrate French national freedom and equal rights.

Adelaide’s Finest, which welcomes people of all nations and cultures, will host Francaise food tastings at Frewville on Thursday, July 13, from 11am-2pm, and at Pasadena on Friday, July 14, from 11-am-2pm.

Frewville Deli manager and passionate foodie Chris Fraser has assembled a great mid of French delicacies to mark Bastille Day. 

Chris has invited valued suppliers such as chef Scott Bircumshaw from Birky’s Bites who will showcase his traditional, locally-made French-style duck and truffle pate, French pate, duck rillettes, pork terrine and gluten-free fennel seed lavosh . 

The dynamic Giuliana Corso from Say Cheese will be in store on Friday, July 14, to prepare and share raclette cheese melted on the raclette machine, served with cornichons and freshly-baked French sticks.   The word raclette comes from the French verb racler which means “to scrape.” 

Nick Ridge from Secco Fine Foods will offer tastings of City Larder traditional French-style, restaurant quality pates and terrines and the celebrated Paysan Breton L’Original Brie with its earthy, mushroomy flavour and rich, creamy texture. It will be served with a savoury-sweet peppered fig paste. 

Chris says Adelaide’s Finest’s Deli team will also share tastings of San Jose award-winning, locally-crafted Saucisson which is a small French-style dried rustic salami.  The moreish Brets French fromage-flavoured potato chips will also be available.

Bastille Day at Pasadena (Friday, July 14)  will feature all the same tastings except in place of raclette, our Cheesebar manager Lynne will offer tastings of the classic and extremely popular Fromager D’Affinois oozy soft cheese and the gorgeous Comte,made in the mountainous French region of Jura.

Fun fact:  Bastille Day commemorates the 1789 storming of the Bastille which was a military fortress and prison and a symbol of oppression. It was an uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution, saw the toppling of the long-standing French monarchy and the signalled the beginning of the French motto: liberté, egalité, fraternité (liberty, equality, fraternity).

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