2011 Portland’s Bastille Festival in the Pearl

French wine, cuisine, art and sport; Portland Waiters Race, pétanque exhibitions and “Le Jazz” by the Patrick Lamb Band

WaitersRace1The Portland Bastille Day Committee will present the 9th Annual Bastille Day Festival at Jamison Square Park on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 12 noon to 8 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and for people of all ages. Bastille Day festivals – held in cities all around the world – celebrate the storming of the Bastille Prison on July 14, 1789, an event which is recognized as the start of the French Revolution. The 2010 event in Portland was among the largest such festivals on the West Coast, with thousands of visitors (click here to view pictures), and was filmed in 2008 by PBS for a documentary that was shown nationally on TV. This year’s festival will feature a variety of vendors and organizations offering French wine, cuisine, music, art and sport.

Bastille Day in the Pearl events will include:

- The 7th Annual Portland Waiters Race, at 2:00 p.m., featuring speed-walking waiters and waitresses from local area restaurants in a race around Jamison Park – the racers compete on speed and agility in balancing a serving tray. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three top finishers in the women’s and men’s divisions. The course is three times around the park (approximately one mile).

- Main stage entertainment acts, including the Patrick Lamb Band for ♫Le Jazz,♫ Ian Clemens (traditional music from Brittany), and many others.

- French-style food and wine - everything from tasty chouquette pastries from St Honoré Boulangerie, merguez sausage sandwiches, pommes frites and other French specialties from Brasserie Montmartre, pastries from Pâtisserie Snobbee and Nuvrei, mussels from the Benson Hotel’s French chef, and more.

- The Jardin of Wine and Beer will feature beer, extensive wine selections of French and Oregon wines, aperitifs such as Lillet and tempting champagnes such as Veuve Clicquot. And more . . .

- A French-themed market with products from France including linens from the South of France (Les Couleurs de Provence), jewelry, and French-inspired products from Versailles Gardens. Booths offering information on learning French at a number of Northwest schools and camps, for students of all ages.

- Ongoing pétanque demonstrations and lessons organized by the Portland Pétanque Club and sponsored by Veuve Clicquot.

- Singing of La Marseillaise on the main stage by classically trained singer Whitney Martin; words provided for public sing-a-long.

- “Le Jardin des Enfants” (Children’s Area) – performances for children aged 3 and up, by Fabulations, a local French language performance company, face painting and French-themed crafts for children (all day).

- Partnering events join the celebration: For 2011, we are coordinating other exciting events leading up to the Bastille festival, such as the fourth annual Concours de Tartes aux Fruits (Competition for Portland’s best fruit tart) on June 21 at the Oregon Culinary Institute.

Interested in supporting this event? Make a donation. Or becoming a vendor? Then download the Vendor Packet and call our office at 503.223.8388 with questions.

Bastille Day in the Pearl 2011 is made possible by the support of the volunteer Bastille Day Committee and sponsors including the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Kafoury and McDougal, the Alliance Française, Brasserie Montmartre, Saint Honoré Boulangerie, the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, the French-American International School, Perrier (Nestle Waters USA), Hoyt Street Properties, Wise Pond, Inc. / Jim Hollcraft, Tilbury Ferguson Investment Real Estate, Veuve Clicquot / Odom Distributing, and the Oregonian (media sponsor).

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