For the past few years myself and my family have enjoyed the Sydney France Festival that occurs each year in Circular Quay for Bastille Day. It’s always a double celebration as it’s Mum’s birthday weekend also.
The Festival has grown each year, in its first year it was just outside Customs House and it consisted of a few food stalls, beer stand and outdoor cinema. This year the growth in its popularity was obvious as it now takes up all of Circular Quay. It runs from Argyle Place, down George Street, Customs House precinct ending on Macquarie Street Sydney.
Their was no question it was going to grow and to be honest I think it needs to move somewhere like Hyde Park, that’s how big I believe it will get.
What I have liked in the last few years is that the festival is broken up into the Regions of France scattered along Circular Quay. For example the wine regions of Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Champagne etc are outside Customs House. Then the food stalls and their regions are in Circular Quay East and near the Museum of Contemporary Art you have more food stalls, concert area and an expanded outdoor cinema.
The festival has also opened my eyes to the large French expat community that exists in Sydney. All the stores are run by French people who are from their particular regions they represent. I like how they do that.
Well “Viva La France”, another great Bastille weekend has passed and just quietly I hope they win the World Cup too.