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Reading to celebrate best of British and the best of France

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Plans are afoot for a fourth Bastille Day market to be held again in Forbury Gardens, Reading on July 11 and 12. Old favourites such as the dancing French robot and Vincent Gaulthier of Chateau Pertignas, the Bordeaux wine producer, will return but this year’s market will see more variety of stalls and more family fun.

Organiser Vincent Valere said: “We will be promoting French couture, and nationality with French flair but this year will be ‘Franglaise’. As well as French food and drink there will be amazing British food from local traders and farmers.”

Helping out at the next Bastille Day will be students from the University of Reading.


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Pharmacy student Amelia Lee said: “Food, activities and entertainment will be provided by students. We will showcase the best of French and English food and art.”

“It’s nice that everyone is trying to get involved,” said Vincent. “There will be food from local traders, farmers’ market type stuff. I want to go both sides; both French and English.

“It will be a family affair. This is really important because last year a lot of people brought their family.”

Bastille Day is run by volunteers.

The team are looking for local food producers to sell their produce and anyone else who would like to join in the excitement of marketing and planning this important event.

If you are interested want to help or would like a stall, contact the Bastille Day team by emailing Vincent.

The website, detailing last year’s event, can be found here

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