Bastille Day at North Sydney Markets

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On Saturday Jared and I had the morning free, so we decided to head to North Sydney Markets as I’d never been and always wanted to go. It’s held at the Civic Centre Park, and happens every second Saturday of the month for their farmers market and third Saturday of the month for their artisan market. This Saturday’s was a bit special, because it happened to land on the same week as Bastille Day, and so there were lots of French themed stalls there to celebrate. What a great day to go!

They had live French music, and it was packed full of French food, wine and other knick knacks.

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Our first stop was for croissants. I’ve been craving croissants for weeks now, and what better to satisfy the craving then with a freshly made all-butter croissant from a French patisserie? We found a stall that had a little crowd in front of it. It seemed like it was the only place selling such a wide array of French pastries and baguettes there. The ladies at the stall were both so happy and friendly too! But then again, it would be almost impossible to not be happy when you’re constantly surrounded by delightful pastries, right? I know I’d be happy! 

I got myself a plain butter croissant. Jared also got himself a coconut filled one. They were both amazing. Perfectly flakey, buttery and delicious. Jared’s coconut one had a sweet, creamy coconut filling which kind of just melted in your mouth. I prefer my croissants plain though, so I was happy with my choice.

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I was very happy it seems…

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To go with our croissant breakfast, we also freshly grilled chorizos on sticks. They were so good! I probably could’ve eaten another one if I didn’t think I would feel a bit sick!

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After our food settled, we went for a walk around and checked out some of the stalls. There was so much to see/eat/buy. If we didn’t have to go to an event straight afterwards, I think I would’ve eaten and bought so many things!

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One stand that we did manage to spend some time at before leaving was the French wine. I’d been eyeing it since we first walked into the markets, and we simply had to visit it and try some. The company was called The Other Bordeaux and we learnt that the maker would create wines to match the artworks on the bottle, and not the other way around. He also believed in organic and biodynamic wine, which was just a bonus in my eyes. We tried the 2010 Chateau De Bellevue Merlot, and it was unbelievable. The scent was quite fruity, but it had a savoury and incredibly smooth finish. Really, really enjoyable. One of those wines that would be far too easy to drink. We took a card so we could order it online when we had a bit more money saved.

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It was a shame we had to jet off without getting to explore it all, but we are already making plans to visit the North Sydney markets again sometime. The hard part will be deciding whether we come for the produce or the artisan one! Then again, why not both?

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