Franschhoek Wine Valley

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 2018

Join the elite of South African horseracing at the 157th L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate – a celebration of art, passion & equestrian excellence, set to be South Africa’s biggest horse racing festival.

Date        : Friday, 5th – Saturday, 6th January 2018

Venue    : Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town

Time      : Friday, 5th from 11:00 – 17:30, Saturday, 6th from 11:00 – 23:00

The Cape’s premier horse-racing and social calendar event, The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, will be hosting their second year of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival weekend at Kenilworth Racecourse.

Guaranteeing a magnificent start to the year’s social calendar, the exciting two-day affair will make this South Africa’s biggest horse racing festival with an unparalleled race card of 18 races.

As is tradition, the running of the Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate will take place on Saturday with racing enthusiasts and socialites from all corners of the globe expected to watch South Africa’s finest thoroughbreds compete for the R1,5 million purse.

Listed by The Telegraph in the United Kingdom in 2014 as one of the top five race days in the world, LQP is ranked alongside other illustrious races, including the likes of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Paris), Breeder’s Cup (California), Melbourne Cup and Dubai World Cup.

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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.


Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.


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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday – Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 17h00
Sunday’s: 09h00 – 16h00

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861