On Sunday I attended the French Christmas Market held at Memorial Gardens, Unley. I spent a couple of hours with three other Councillors and their partners behind the white picket fence drinking young (very young, shamefully young) Beaujolais. In France, it is a tradition to celebrate the release of the latest batch of wine, just weeks old.
Here are more details about the tradition …
Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under strict French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just a few weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. Festivities and parties are held across the country and to celebrate the first wine of the season.
The Beaujolais was airlifted into Adelaide (and across Australia) so that we could join the French in celebration.
Later in the night, I visited the food stalls and discovered some absolutely superb croissants from Bottega Rotolo @ 44 King William Road, Goodwood. They were fantastic. I was staggered to learn that the croissants were French, really French and the dough was prepared in France, frozen and airlifted to Adelaide (and the rest of the world). This happens on an ongoing basis and was not just for the French Festival.
So if you visit the bakery the croissants you buy were made in France.
I took home a basket load of French goodies.This morning I had the last croissant with date jam made from dates grown in the SA Riverland.