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Bastille Day Competition

What is Bastille Day?

The French National Day – or Bastille Day, is the anniversary of the Prise de la Bastille (storming of the Bastille) on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution and the beginning of the Republican Democracy.

On that day, the French tend to celebrate all things that symbolise France – including their flag and La Marseillaise, and the Republican National values: ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’ (Liberty, Equality and Fraternity).

It’s a day to celebrate patriotic pride rather than political History.

How is it celebrated?

In France the day is celebrated with official parades and fireworks but abroad, people usually throw French-themed parties or simply spend the day indulging in all (good) things French, namely: viennoiseries, (French) cheese, (French) wine, (French) saucisson and numerous other culinary wonders.

Although it is more of a cliché and less of a real representation of French fashion, people do love to wear stripes, a béret and red lips for women (blue white red, just like the French flag – geddit?) on Bastille Day.

The competition

Without a doubt, there are good and bad clichés but we do like a bit of stereotyping and we certainly love a good occasion to celebrate – mainly when it involves French cheese & wine!

So we’re running a competition to celebrate Bastille Day!

To enter – it’s very simple:

  1. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter
  2. Follow us on Facebook
  3. On Saturday 14thJuly (Bastille Day!) – Post a picture on our Facebook page using #TGCTakesBastille
  • Dress code: French (stripes, beret & something red)
  • Picture elements: Cheese and/or Baguette (optional) + Wine – bottle or glass (mandatory)

4. Invite your family & friends to enter the competition, the more the merrier!

Entries will close at midnight on 14thJuly and we’ll announce the winner on Monday 16thJuly.

Prize: 3 bottles of French wine (3 colours to the flag, 3 Republican values, 3 bottles of wine – geddit?!)

Get in the spirit, join in the celebrations and share your moments with The Grape Code!

May the best win, et vive la Revolution!