French Food Festival – Bastille Day

Bastille Day is the French national holiday which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.

Here in Brisbane we had a food festival on the Saturday after Bastille day.  Down at south-bank outside of Qpac.  We got down there for about 11.30, thinking of having a great feast for lunch.  With plenty of French food stalls on offer.

The first stop on our food discovery of France was of course the Baguette with Burre and Jamon.  Which was a personal highlight, butter on good bread is one of my favorite things to eat.  Below is Pate with cornichons and bread.  This pâté was extremely good, I don’t usually like pâté and this one was creamy and the taste was perfect.  I left most of it still for Roy to devour.  As he loves the stuff.

Next stop was a beer for Roy and some Onion Soup, I left him in a happy place while I scouted around for some more goodies to try.  I found some seafood croquettes that looked great so I had to try them.  But like most of the stalls I was the second person in line before they ran out of food.  Not good.  So many places ran out of bread and food.  It was not even 12 before some of them had no food.  They were suppose to stay open till 10pm, I wonder how that went…

The soup was a winner in the end with Roy’s beer.

So many people, squashed into  a small space, next time they should do it the Greek way and set up in Musgrave park, and spread out with the food stalls.  That would be great.  My last purchase after being turned away from food 3 times was a croque monsieur, one of my favourite things.  It is typically french junk food – street food that you eat after a night out.  Layer of bread with ham smothered with bechamel then topped off with cheese.

This blew Roy’s mind that it was good. I use to make thees at Comfort, they are fantastic.  So if you ever see one on a menu do try them.

South Bank had another food festival on the following week with products from around the great south-east.  It was mostly wines, cheeses and a few other goodies, and loads of hype about masterchef.  What a nightmare!  Not too much in the way of trying new foods, we did try some great cheeses for breakfast.  We ended up going home and making our selves ham and butter baguette.  Yum.

We are now planning a wine tour trip down towards the granite belt.  As I have not done it for years, and a few of them have my favorite grape Malbec.  So we are doing the alternative grape wine tour.  Will have to share the experience with you at some point.