After we celebrate our nation’s birthday this weekend, there will be another independence day just around the corner. For French New Yorkers there is a weeklong festival devoted to Bastille Day.
The third-annual Bastille Week New York unites Francophiles, food lovers, chefs, restauranteurs, professionals, and anyone else eager to discover French cuisine and dining in New York from July 8 to 14.
“The 2012 edition of Bastille Week has been a tremendous success in New York and has reunited French and American New Yorkers for a great week over the theme of French cuisine and gastronomy,” said Bertrand Lortholary, consul general of France in New York.
Bastille Week events include petanque tournaments in TriBeCa and Brooklyn, a vintage carnival on Governors Island, a Bastille Day Ball, and French Restaurant Week.
As a part of the festival, there is a French Restaurant Week with 40 New York French restaurants participating. This year’s theme is “La Demoiselle Brings Revolution,” which showcases La Demoiselle champagne. Participating restaurants will be offering special gourmet tasting menus for $17.89, as well as menus featuring La Demoiselle champagne for $178.90.
A portion of the profits made during French Restaurant Week go to the event’s charity, Action Against Hunger, which provides relief to hungry and malnourished children in over 40 countries.