A taste of France comes to Alfriston

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For the first time in Alfriston, France at Home will be running a genuine French Market on July 13 from 11am until 5pm, in partnership with Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley Twinning Association and Alfriston Parish Council.

There will also be family activities including quizzes and treasure hunts for children with prizes donated by marketeers along with a French Café and live music in the War Memorial Hall.

The event is to mark Bastille Day.

French Traders, coming from Normandy, will be selling a wide range of authentic produce from France, including bread and patisserie, crepes, nougats, French cheeses, leather handbags, olives from Provence, paté and saucisson from Normandy, and French music.

There will be a full range of cooked meats, a range of delicious crepes, and biscuits. There will also be a treasure trove of vintage music from the ’20s to the ’50s.

You will find, among others, CDs of the great Chansons Francaises from Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet to Jacques Brel and George Brassens, accordion music, swing from the likes of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, Dixieland from New Orleans, jazz, and blues.

From 2pm until 6pm there will be a French Style Music Day - Fete de la Musique - with live music from French accordionist Sylvie Meheurst, the Memphis Flyers violist Helen Browne and others. The Fete de la Musique began in the eighties and was a free popular event in France. It aimed to promote musical practice and exchanges between new performers and well known talents.

From 6pm there will be a village dance, a Bal Musette, that in the 40s was the most popular style of dance in France.