Festival Announces First Annual Bastille Day Picnic

June 26, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Courville, Marketing Director april@festivalinternational.org

Festival International presents A Bastille Day Picnic, Featuring Ratatouille

Lafayette, LA: Festival International is hosting the first annual Bastille Day Picnic on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The event will be held at Warehouse 535, located at 535 Garfield in Lafayette. As part of the Francophone heritage in Acadiana, Festival organizers are hoping an annual Bastille Day celebration will create stronger ties within the community. “Bastille Day is celebrated all over the country,” says Marketing Director, April Courville. “Yet, despite our rich French culture, it is not celebrated here.” Festival International organizers are hoping to change that.

The picnic will be a family friendly event and include an outdoor screening of animated film, Ratatouille. Remy (Patton Oswalt), a resident of Paris, appreciates good food and has quite a sophisticated palate. He would love to become a chef so he can create and enjoy culinary masterpieces to his heart’s delight. The only problem is, Remy is a rat. When he winds up in the sewer beneath one of Paris’ finest restaurants, the rodent gourmet finds himself ideally placed to realize his dream.

The Bastille Day Picnic will also include a tasting of select French wines perfect for summer, from a Rose, a white (Blanc), a Pinot Noir to Côte du Rhone Rouge. The first 25 guests will receive an additional tasting of Sparkling Wine as part of their flight. Guests can sample small plates of artisan cheeses, courtesy of Champagne’s Supermarket.

Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase. Organizers hope to grow the event over the coming years and expand to include more activities such as petanque tournaments, French language mini-lessons, and live music.
A $5 donation is required for the tastings, however, children 12 and under get in free to attend the movie.

Festival International presents a Bastille Day Picnic
July 15, 2017
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Warehouse 535

About Festival International de Louisiane

Festival International de Louisiane is a non-profit organization that produces the largest International music and arts festival in the United States with a special emphasis on the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world and an estimated economic impact of 49 million annually.   With over 300,000 festival goers every year, the annual festival features musical performances by artists from over 20 countries along with workshops, exhibits, visual art, theater and other forms of performance arts. The 5-day festival is held in April transforming downtown Lafayette, Louisiana into an entertainment mecca.
Celebrate 32 years of Festival International de Louisiane, April 25-29, 2018.

Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70501

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