The Fête de la Bastille commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison on le quatorze juillet, 1789. In Portland we celebrate with the 6th Annual Portland Waiters Race, musical acts, French food and wine and a themed market, pétanque demonstrations and lessons, a singing of La Marseillaise, and a Jardin of Wine and Beer (featuring Kronenbourg beers, Lillet aperitifs, and wines from Georges Duboeuf and W.J. Deautsch, including Mâcon Villages Blanc 2007, Beaujolais Villages 2007; Loire Sauvion Rosé d’Anjou 2007; and Marquis de Perlade).
I made it to this festival a few years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed the Jardin of Wine and Beer. The only problem with this fest is that it’s the same day as the Mississippi Avenue Street Fair. Fortunately Pix Patisserie (3901 D N Williams) also throws a Fête de la Bastille, and has scheduled theirs for July 17th this year – details forthcoming!