Traditionally July is associated with hibernation as we feel the full force of Winter. The Franschhoek Wine Valley is anything but sleepy as it embraces this month with French vigour.
During July Franschhoek locals celebrate their French heritage with a little extra pomp and ceremony as they welcome visitors to the village for the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival. The festival coincides with Bastille Day in France, which is celebrated on 14 July each year.
A two-day social calendar highlight which takes place at the historic Huguenot Monument and guaranteed to bring out the Parisian in you. The village comes alive as shops and restaurants dotted along the Main Road are kitted out in the traditional French colours of red, white and blue. Even the wine farms in and around the valley showcase their finest French flair during this weekend. Visitors can choose to wander in and around the village exploring Bastille offerings or make their way to the Food & Wine Marquee at the Huguenot Monument for the ultimate in festival experiences. This is the place to be and be seen as you sample a selection of Franschhoek wines and French inspired food on offer. For ticket prices and more information visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za
The best part of the Bastille Festival weekend is that it falls within the school holidays. For those wanting to take their children with, Sunday’s festivities are ideally suited for the whole family. Ample fun kiddies’ entertainment for the young ones will ensure that mom and dad can also look forward to a carefree festival experience. Kids can also look forward to delicious treats to keep hungry tummies at bay.
If you prefer spending a quieter weekend in Franschhoek then we have the answer. Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends offer surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence – and if you haven’t booked you’re definitely missing out on this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. Ideally suited to couples, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are packaged to absolute perfection, and holds the promise of revealing Franschhoek’s finest wines, world-class cuisine, bespoke experiences and so much more. And the best part is you don’t have to book anything. The next weekend is scheduled for the 27th and 28th of July, but don’t delay as these weekends sell out fast. For all the need-to-know details visit http://franschhoek.org.za/franschhoek-accommodation/mystery/.
Make the most of this wintry month by exploring the Franschhoek Wine Valley and its world-class offerings. Cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines and soul comforting food are some of the highlights you are bound to find on your Franschhoek exploration. Not forgetting the vast selection of art galleries in and around the valley as well as quaint boutique shops. Franschhoek is suited to everyone – solo travelers, couples and even families.
A day simply isn’t enough to discover all that Franschhoek has to offer and you don’t need an excuse. Be it a festival, special offering or simply just a visit Franschhoek awaits your arrival this July.
For more information on Franschhoek’s fine winter offerings visit www.franschhoek.org.za.