Dust off your berets and dress up in your finest red; white and blue for this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes place on 11 and 12 July. Taking it up a notch visitors can look forward to three exciting festival offerings.
As you enter the village be sure to look out for the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Market @ BICCCS. Stock up on the finest artisanal produce from in and around the winelands, ranging from homemade chocolates, olives, honey, cheese, artisanal breads, Franschhoek olive oil and so much more. Entry is free.
Suited to the whole family (and perfect for the kids) the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Hall, situated at the Town Hall is the perfect place to relax and unwind while the kids make use of the ample entertainment available to them. Sample the wines on offer or keep your appetite at bay with the delicious gourmet fare for sale. Entry is R120 per person, which includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be used on the day. Children under 18 enter for free.
Last but by no means least is the popular Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee, situated at the Huguenot Monument – the perfect venue, with exquisite mountain backdrops, and ample parking within walking distance. Treat your taste buds to a gastronomic feast with delicious fare from some of Franschhoek’s well-known restaurants. Internationally acclaimed chef Marcus Fréminot who comes from the Seychelles and has cooked for the President of the Seychelles, Ambassadors, Ministers and VIPs, will be treating your taste buds to traditional Creole cuisine. He will be visiting South Africa as part of a French cultural exchange. Keeping it French we’ll be pulling out all the stops, with a one-of-a-kind red, white and blue mini Eiffel Tower! A French-inspired photo booth and stilt walkers add to the excitement of the day.
Entrance tickets to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee cost R200 per person, which includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be used on the day. Additional coupons can be purchased on the day.
Live entertainment will add extra flare and fun at all of these venues.
Pre-booking through www.webtickets.co.za is essential, as no more visitors will be admitted once the venues are full.
Kitted out in its finest French flare the town is a hive of activities, which includes the popular Franschhoek Boules Tournament, the Delta Valley Entertainers as well as the Porcupine Ridge Barrel Rolling Competition.
A favourite amongst visitors far and wide, the Franschhoek Bastille Festival scooped the Crowd Pleaser Award at the 2014 KLINK Awards – a consumer-driven, interactive wine tourism competition.
For more information visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za or follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA.
The Franschhoek Bastille Festival was recognized as the best Tourism Related Event of the Year at the 2013 Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards.
Franschhoek is a member of the Délice Network of Good Food Cities of the World.
Franschhoek was voted Number 3 in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Top 10 Destinations in South Africa.