On Wednesday, July 14 – that’s Bastille Day for all francophiles – Larchmont Avenue from Addison Street to the Boston Post Road will be closed from 5 pm to 10 pm for a multi-merchant block party. At last count, 17 retailers and restaurants will be serving food (including crêpes, Belgian waffles, boudin sausage, paella, mussels and fries) or opening their establishments for the evening. There will be live music, children’s activities, and a raffle to benefit the Hope Community Services of New Rochelle.(Donations of canned food are welcome.)
Tickets will be sold for use at a number of food stalls and for French wines (from Le Wine Shop) and Kronenbourg 1664 on tap. There will also be free samples of charcuterie and cheeses.
Last year, a smaller event organized by Auray Gourmet, España Restaurant and The Loop drew more than 500 revelers. This year, when asked for their approval to close Larchmont Avenue for Bastille Day, the Larchmont Village Board urged the organizers from Auray and Espana to involve more businesses.
Ultimately, 17 merchants did sign up to participate, including East Coast Surf Shop, Sweeteez, DIVAZ, Jack’s Barber Shop, Visions of Tomorrow, Espana, Tequila Sunrise, Groove, Auray Gourmet, Love, Burn, Peridot, Wasabi, Post Wines, Beadz, Designer One and Gisele’s Salon.
Sponsors, include the Patch Larchmont /Mamaroneck, Sts. John & Paul School, Capital One, BP Vance Real Estate, Pascals Restaurant and Chatsworth Taxi. Additional donations have come from The Flower Bar, Les Trois Petit Cochons, Foleys Hardware, Union Beer, Manhattan Brewing, New Leaf, Isigny St. Mere. Fabrique Delices, The French Cheese Association, Recologie and Torontos Deli.
Asked to predict this year’s draw, Carolynn Dillingworth from Auray said they are expecting 1000 or more, given that the word had gone out in English and French via email, blog, and traditional media.