Bistrofrance celebrates Bastille day, “La Fête Nationale” in true French style: Think onion soup, entrecote steak with Bearnaise sauce, creme caramel and – of course – escargots.

Bastille Day (July 14) celebrations “help preserve the traditions”, and are celebrated by many French communities and Francophiles in Australia who like to enjoy good food, wine and a jovial atmosphere.

“Blue, white and red balloons help celebrate equal rights to all people,” Christine says. “The French flag made up of these colours represents liberty, equality, fraternity.”

No specific meals are eaten on Bastille Day, but Christine says it is a time to seek out typically French foods, “such as escargots (snails) and confit de canard (duck) a l’orange, because this is a great celebration dish”.

Food-wise, July 14 has no prescribed food as, being a summer holiday, revelers generally take to the outdoors. So the French are loathe to eat food too fancy or time-consuming to make. Think French bistro and brasserie fare, which is fitting as the Bastille Day is widely believed to have given the modern-day French restaurant its start. After all, as the old regime nobility lost their heads or fled the country as the French Revolution gathered steam, their former cooks saw an opportunity to open restaurants and feed the masses.