Jul 14, 2018
3rd Annual Bastille Day Soirée
Where & When
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618 (map)
July 14, 2018 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM
Bastille Day, formally called La Fête Nationale ("The National Celebration"), is celebrated every July 14 in France to commemorate the storming of the Bastille, the infamous prison fortress. Like Independence Day in the United States, Bastille Day memorializes the start of a political revolution aimed at replacing an absolute monarchy with a constitutional government.
And just like July 4th, Bastille Day offers us a day to celebrate with food, lots of it—French, of course! Join us on Saturday, July 14th, from noon–3PM for a celebration of all things délicieux, from cheese and charcuterie tastings and prize giveaways to special French offerings from Market Hall Bakery, Market Hall Foods and Hapuku Fish Shop.
- Sample les fromages and Jambon de Bayonne
- Discover nouveaux ingredients and build your own French pantry (plus take home recipes!)
- Taste le menu français from Market Hall Foods
- Savor new boulangerie-inspired treats like Double-Baked Raspberry Almond Croissants
- Stop at Hapuku's oyster bar (and enjoy some Moules Frites too!)
- Learn how to make sausage with Marin Sun Farms
- Parlez rosé with Paul Marcus Wines (Cheers! 15% off all rosé wines on Bastille Day!)
- Enter to win French prizes!
Celebrate the Foods of France All-Month Long!
French cheeses, ingredients and more
This July, stop by Market Hall Foods in Oakland and Berkeley and savor the best of France. Build your own French pantry with essentials like Piment d'Espelette AOP, French sardines and fleur de sel. And—bien sûr—remember to snag some sweet nibbles like Montélimar nougat, pâtes de fruits and butter cookies from Brittany to pair with our growing selection of Mariage Frères tea.
Plus rejoice in an expanded French fromage selection at the cheese counter at Market Hall Foods Oakland (psst, ask our cheesemongers for a taste of their favorite du jour!).
Special savings on French favorites*
- Banyuls Vinegar: $2.00 off (375 ml), $3.00 off (750 ml)
- Piment d'Espelette AOP: $2.00 off
- Piment d'Espelette Jelly: $2.00 off
*Promotional prices valid in-store only at Market Hall Foods in Oakland and Berkeley, July 5th-31st
M. Gilles Hervy Salts from Brittany, France
The sea salts of Guérande—celebrated for their fine flavor since salt harvesting began in Brittany, France 1,200 years ago—are the crème de la crème of French sea salts. M. Gilles Hervy, artisan paludier (salt maker), still harvests his Fleur de Sel and Sel Gris using age-old traditional methods.
What's the difference between Fleur de Sel and Sel Gris?
Fleur de Sel—collected from one afternoon's harvest of the delicate top layer of the salt ponds—has a fine texture with moist crystals and a clean aroma of the sea. Keep Fleur de Sel on hand to finish your favorite dishes.
Sel Gris is harvested about every two weeks and raked from underneath the surface of the salt ponds. The large crystals get their namesake color and subtle briny flavor from the mineral content of the clay lining the salt ponds. Use Sel Gris as an all-purpose salt for both cooking and garnishing. Also try his Sel Gris with Herbs—one of our all-time favorite seasonings for roasted chicken—which gets an herbaceous boost from thyme, rosemary, basil and bay leaf.