Bastille Day Picnic Food Ideas

Still life with soft cheese, grapes, baguettes & red wine
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The French Revolution began with one infamous act–the storming of the Bastille, a Parisian prison. On July 14th, the French and Francophiles everywhere celebrate freedom by taking the party outside and picnicking anywhere and everywhere.

Visit the Parade on the Champs Elysees

If you’re lucky enough to be near Paris for the national holiday, be sure to visit the colossal military parade down the Champs Elysees and watch the magical fireworks display by the Eiffel Tower later in the day.

Menu au Frais

If you can’t be in France to celebrate, going out to a nice French restaurant is always an option. The true charm of Bastille Day, though, is getting out in the fresh air and eating a lovely meal au frais. If you’re short on time, a pint of ripe strawberries, a crusty baguette, cheese, and a bottle of Champagne will more than suffice.

The Perfect Take-Along Picnic Ideas

If you have time for preparation, do try to make some charming take-along picnic foods. Delicate cheese puffs–Gougeres–made with pate a choux and Gruyere cheese are a savory treat. Zesty Tapenade spread on bread, topped with tomatoes and shaved smoked chicken makes a unique tartine. Round out your scrumptious, private celebration with Bastille Day fruit salad and a bottle of sparkling wine. Finish off the meal with a delicious cake