Bastille Day in the City of Brotherly Love

French-FlagTen days after America celebrates their Independence Day, France celebrates French National Day, commonly known as Bastille Day. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

Even if you aren’t in the country of croissants and the Eiffel Tower, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate Bastille Day in the City of Brotherly Love.

On Saturday, July 12, Eastern State Penitentiary and Fairmount Ave will be holding their 20th annual Bastille Day Festival block party, starting at 2 p.m. The highlights of the popular festival begin around 5:30, which include a mock storming of the Bastille with an appearance by Marie Antoinette. The words “Let them eat Tastykake!” serve as a signal for the Philadelphia-based treats to be flung through the air.

Before heading over to Eastern State, stop by London Grill to enjoy some French-themed specials and live music. They will be celebrating the holiday throughout the entire weekend, from July 10 to 14, and are located at 2301 Fairmount Avenue. Additionally, restaurants will be hosting after parties, including London Grill and Alla Spina.

Popular french restaurants throughout Center City like Parc, Bistrot La Minette, and Fond will all be serving special dishes in honor of the holiday.

If you’re in the suburbs, Media is holding their own celebration on July 12 on State Street between Jackson and Orange Streets.

French desserts like crêpes are delicious all year around, but taste extra sweet on July 14th. Bastille Day is the perfect way to add some French flair to your weekend!  À la vôtre!


Phillips Seafood’s Cook, Crack & Eat

Phillips Seafood announces a culinary adventure for those interested in an interactive and educational event with Chef Paul Drew. Get VIP treatment in an intimate setting while the chef shares his expertise and demonstrates his techniques on preparing dImageeliciously mouth watering dishes you’ll want to prepare for either guests at your next dinner party or even enjoy for yourself!

Cook, Crack and Eat is a series of three interactive and entertaining cooking classes. You can sign up for one or all three! Each class includes the chef’s demonstration, lunch and a wine tasting all with fabulous company. Check out the classes being offered this spring:

  • Phillips Favorites (Saturday, March 16)
  • Prime Cuts (Saturday, April 20)
  • Clam Bake (Saturday, May 18)

You won’t want to miss out on this educational and entertaining foodie experience! Join Chef Drew for this year’s Cook, Crack & Eat series. The cost is $75 per class or sign up for all three for $195. Classes begin at 11:30 a.m. Space is limited, so register early by calling 609.348.2273. Phillips Seafood Restaurant is located in The Pier Shops at Caesars, One Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. For more information, visit their website at