Portland celebrates an important French holiday

June 30, 2017 by  

The annual Bastille Day festival is returning to Portland next month, hosted by the Alliance Francaise of Portland.

The day promises to be filled with a wide variety of activities that should appeal to almost everyone.

One of the main events of the festival will be the 11th annual Waiters’ Race. Working waiters make their way around a course balancing water-filled glasses on a tray. There is $2,000 in prizes to be won in the men’s and women’s categories.

L’avenue de la Cuisine will feature many different French-themed dishes and snacks to be purchased, as well as a wine garden.

Musical entertainment will be provided by such acts as Jet Black Pearl, the Zephyr Trio and the Djanophiles. For the children, there will activities such as coloring and a puppet show put on by the Northwest Children’s Theatre.

Other activities include fencing demonstrations from the Northwest Fencing Center and a Bastille costume contest.

There will also be a French book sale by the Alliance Francaise as well as arts and crafts vendors that are sure to include some items imported from France among their merchandise.

Portland stationery printing firms are often asked to provide signage and banners to events such as the festival.

The Bastille Day festival will be held at Jamison Square on July 15. For more information about the event or to take part in the Waiters’ Race, call 503-223-8388.