Bastille Day is a widely celebrated event throughout the Cook Islands and nowhere more so than here on Rarotonga. Bastille Day is the French National Day and celebrates the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, an important event in Paris in a violent revolution. Celebrations are held throughout France and across the world, particularly where large communities of French people now reside. Understandably, Bastille Day is widely celebrated in French Polynesia and right here in Rarotonga, locals and tourists celebrate the day by putting up flags as well as eating out at one of two French cafes and restaurants on the island.
Celebrate Bastille Day in style on Rarotonga
If you happen to be in Rarotonga on the 14 July, then it would only seem right that you should join in with the Bastille Day celebrations. Whether you choose to pay homage to the French by cooking up some delightful French cuisine or you decide to head out to celebrate with other people on the island, there is plenty to celebrate on Bastille Day.
Two of the island’s restaurants/cafes will be holding Bastille Day celebrations: Le Bon Vivant which is situated just outside the driveway of Pacific Resort Rarotonga and Le Rendez-Vous which is situated in Nikao.
Le Bon Vivant – Bastille Day celebrations
Le Bon Vivant is one of the most popular cafes in Rarotonga and a great place to grab a bite to eat or a coffee. Traditionally the café has always celebrated Bastille Day in style and this year will be no different as they welcome guests to try sample some delicious French cuisine, some beautiful wine and some traditional French games. The celebrations will commence at 1.00pm and go on until late and will also feature a great line up of local musicians.
The menu sounds divine from the traditional sweet pastries to delicious and filling main courses including beef bourgignon, coq au vin and French Onion Soup. Bookings are definitely advised and make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information.
Le Rendez-Vous – Bastille Day Dinner
A relatively new restaurant on the island, Le Rendez-Vous is owned by Guillaume and Karine Kapfer and since April of this year, they have been bringing some delicious French food to the people of Rarotonga. The restaurant have employed renowned and award-winning French chef, Christophe and the food is all authentic French cuisine. Their Bastille Day dinner starts from 6.00pm and will feature a ‘very French dinner’ accompanied by live music and will cater for up to 50 guests. The menu sounds delicious and for $60 per head, you will be treated to some of France’s finest exports:
- Welcome Drink
- Amuse bouche
- Homemade Pâté, Balsamic reduction & Petite Salade with Truffle Oil.
- Châteaubriand Beef on a bed of creamy potaoes, assorted vegetables and Homemade bearnaise sauce.
- Croque en Bouche Choux stuffed with Crème pâtissière & berries
Again, you can find out more information on their Facebook page but it promises to be a great night.
However you choose to celebrate Bastille Day, get into the spirit and wear something red, white a blue, enjoy some crepes and if you can, join in with the celebrations at one of the two events taking place on the island.
Vive La France!