Celebrate all things French this Bastille Day!

Those in our community who celebrate French culture know that Bastille Day is here on July 14. This historic day (July 14, 1789) marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution.

To celebrate the day, usually falling on the Sunday closest to July 14, the French enjoy bountiful picnics with family and friends, as well as military parades and fireworks, with plenty of red, white, and blue, the colors of the French flag. In Paris and other larger cities, celebrations can also include street fairs, music, dance events (even the cancan!), outdoor and rooftop parties, and a world of entertainment for a whole family.

Here in Sonoma County, we are blessed to share many commonalities with France, including our food and wine culture and our Mediterranean climate. We also have a very active French community and a local chapter of Alliance Francaise offering French classes and even a special Bastille Day celebration of their own!

In a year where many are seeking healthy diversions from the news, why not add a little French culture to your life and celebrate Bastille Day this year? We’ve gathered all things French across our stores, including cheese, charcuterie, wines, sweet treats and more, to make it easy to throw a Sonoma County-style Bastille Day picnic.

As is often the case at Oliver’s, we have many prepared French delights available, making it easy to assemble a beautiful pique-nique or casual meal, or you can create your own with this collection of enticing recipes.

Fresh from the oven Gougeres au Fromage make any occasion more festive, and they are a perfect match for Champagne. Next, check out this Classic Quiche Lorraine or Summer French Tomato Tart, or create these French Baguette Sandwiches for a main course. Add a simple green salad, a tasty bottle of French wine (or two!), and perhaps a Baguette, and you are set. Pick up a beautiful tart or cake, or an assortment of Macarons and other smaller bites, add some fresh fruit, and the meal is complete.

“Bonne Fête Nationale!”


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