By Kelly Green
Aka SeaWorld Mommy
Oui oui! C’est fantastique! Audubon Park Garden District’s 7th annual Bastille Day Bash is this Saturday, July 11, 2015 and will feature all things magnifique. (It’ll kind of be like being in Paris, but without the traffic jams.)
Starting off the day is a crepe breakfast (savory or sweet crepes, $20 adults, $15 kids) by East End Market’s chef-in-residence Jessica Tantalo from 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. to the sounds of the Gypsy Swing Trio.
Bring your beret for a free open-to-the-public French-themed street fair where you’ll enjoy the pop-up Rouge Rouge vintage market with seven unique vendors from 4–7 p.m. at Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour, 2810 Corrine Drive, Orlando.
From 4:30-7 p.m. enjoy the Fourth Annual Artisan Cheese and French Wine Pairing by East End’s ever fabulous La Femme du Fromage ($30; $25 APGD members; ticket required; $45 day of IF available), Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1603 Winter Park Road, Orlando 32803. Chef Tonda will showcase five select wines, paired with five artisanal handmade cheeses, finished with a sweet treat.
Want to meet the Queen of France and of Navarre? From 6 – 9 p.m. the Street Fair continues with food trucks, crêpes, wine, baguette fencing ( En garde!) and a Marie Antoinette photo booth. #FrenchQueenSelfie? Join in on the fun on Winter Park Road outside Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1603 Winter Park Road, Orlando 32803.
Sadly the French-themed Dinner Party Project is sold out. Quel Dommage!
You can still head on over to Bikes Beans & Bordeaux at 7:30 (no cover!). Actually, you can hang out there all day if you like: the Tour de France will be live in the morning. They’ll have Mimosas, French beer (Kronenburg), French treats all day.
There won’t be a bridge with Locks of Love, BUT if you’d like to decorate something (in a way that doesn’t destroy a structure with weight) , enter the FREE Bastille Day Decorated Bicycle contest. Bling it, flower it, encrust it with “locks” and then ride it to the street celebration outside Emmanuel Episcopal Church. They’ll be judged and prizes will be handed out around 8 p.m.
To purchase tasting or dinner tickets and for more information, visit the Audobon Park Gardens website or their Facebook page.