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Viva la France! 10 Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day in North Texas

Viva la France! 10 Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day in North Texas

The Fourth of July celebrations may be in the wings, but you’ll have another chance to toast independence this weekend on Bastille Day. The French national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a pivotal event in the French Revolution.

France may be far away, but North Texans never miss a chance to celebrate, so we’ve rounded up a few ways to help you organize your Bonne Fête Nationale right here in the Lone Star State. Be sure to check the websites or social media associated with each event for last-minute changes. Find more events at Go see DFW.

FESTIVALS

BASTILE DAY AT KIMBELL

Kimbell Art Museum and Fort Worth Sister Cities International have joined forces to celebrate French art and culture. Enjoy live music by the Kim Platko Trio, a French scavenger hunt with prizes, and hands-on activities for all ages. Select beverages and snacks will be available for sale.

Details: July 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. The event is free, but registration is required.

OOH LA LA BASTILE DAY PARTY AT THE SWEET TOOTH HOTEL

The interactive art museum is hosting its second annual Bastille Day party. Enjoy champagne, pancakes, a pantomime performance from Daisy’s One World and music from DJ Kt Mills, who will play French pop in the cocktail lounge. Buy a VIP ticket and let a cartoonist draw you a caricature. The first 25 guests will receive a free beret.

Details: July 13 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Sweet Tooth Hotel in downtown Dallas. $21/general admission/$36.50/VIP admission.

BASTILE FOR BISHOP

Don your beret, gather your friends, and celebrate the storming of the Bastille and Oak Cliff’s unique French roots with food, wine, pop-up markets, live entertainment, and shopping at Bishop Arts. The event is free, but you must purchase a wine glass to consume alcoholic beverages at the festival.

Details: July 14 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. in the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. Free/$30.

FRENCH BAKERIES

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BAKERY SALUT PARIS

Chef Jean Chrispin Djomo moved to the U.S. from Cameroon to pursue his dream of baking. After training in traditional French pastry and viennoiserie, he opened Salut Paris, a bakery where he creates signature pastries using traditional recipes and techniques. Enjoy one of his unique culinary delights that are hard to find anywhere else in the U.S. Starting July 8, enjoy a French breakfast with your choice of coffee and a croissant of your choice and receive 20% off.

BISOUS COOKIE BISOUS COOKIE

The name of this shop — Bisous Bisous means kiss, a kiss in French. It’s a nod to the kiss on each cheek that the French use to greet friends and loved ones. The shop specializes in French-style baked goods, and macarons (not to be confused with American macarons) are their signature.

RAVELIN BAKERY

Looking for crusty French bread made with whole, natural ingredients? You’ll find it and a selection of European-style pastries at Ravelin Bakery in Denton. The menu varies from Tuesday to Saturday, although Country Sourdough, French Loaf and Baguettes are available every day. Stop by for Brioche on Friday and Bavarian Rye on Saturday.

D’KARMEL CONFECTIONERY

Viennese-style breakfast pastries are made from scratch in-house and hand-rolled daily. The meticulous process ensures just the right balance of crunch and butteriness. Desserts include classic French favorites like Basque cheesecake, apricot-almond tarts and chocolate-raspberry mousse, which are created with a modern twist. Be sure to treat yourself to a barista-made espresso while you’re there.

FRENCH COOKING COURSES

GOURMET MENU FOR BASTILE DAY

Immerse yourself in authentic French cuisine in a hands-on activity where you’ll work with other students in teams. Your chef will guide you through a 2-hour session of a menu that includes Honey Baked Brie, Coq au Vin, Gratin Provencale and Lava Cake for dessert. Enjoy a complimentary glass of French wine while you cook. Don’t worry about writing everything down, all recipes will be emailed to you so you can recreate these dishes later at home.

Details: July 13 from 4-6 p.m. at My French Recipe in Plano. $99 per person.

FRENCH MACARONS

Sur la Table pays homage to its French heritage in this 3-hour macaroon course. You’ll work with other students in groups of four as your chef instructor teaches you how to make two flavors of macarons—Peach and Champagne and Crème Brûlée. You’ll learn how to make the dough, how to properly shape meringue eggs, tips for coloring the dough, and how to pipe and bake the macarons.

Details: July 13, 9 a.m. at Sur la Table on Knox St. in Dallas. $89 per person.

COUPLES COOK: FRENCH STEAKHOUSE

Take your loved one out for an evening of Tex-Mex French cuisine. You’ll create a menu that includes: Salad of Frisee, Steak au Poivre (fried steak with pepper sauce), Pommes Anna (thin layers of baked potatoes), Haricots Vert (French green beans), and Chocolate Pots de Creme (baked chocolate pudding). At the end of the class, you’ll sit down to enjoy the results of your efforts with a glass of French wine.

Details: July 13 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Central Market in Fort Worth. $105 per person.

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