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  1. Celebrating International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

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    The cooler weather is the perfect reminder of what is to come – International Cabernet Sauvignon Day, which is celebrated today across the world. A day in which we pay tribute to this world-renowned red wine varietal, also commonly referred to as the ‘King of Red Grapes’. These grapes are known for producing wines with complex aromas and an abundance of gorgeous concentrated flavors, which include blackberries, crème de cassis, black cherries, coffee, chocolate, mint, cedar wood, cigar box and more….

    Although the Franschhoek Wine Valley is widely known for producing stellar Chardonnay and Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC), the region is also home to a range of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon producers.

    Home to a range of award-winning wines, Holden Manz is also where you’ll find their Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, which winemaker Thierry Haberer describes as having a rich and full palate with a complex array of dark fruit. The middle palate is full and shows width with complexity and depth leading to a long, full finish. Fine wood tannins combine with well-balanced acidity.

    Boutique estate La Bri is not only well known for their wines, but also their striking wine labels. Each wine depicts a Cape flower on the label, and their Cabernet Sauvignon is the proud bearer of the White Watsonia on its label. A limited release Cabernet, which is only made in exceptional years, and only 1 433 bottles of their current vintage – the 2016 – were produced.

    Rickety Bridge boasts not one, but two Cabernet Sauvignons in their range – the Paulina’s Reserve and the Icon. The Paulina Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 displays classic characters of red cherries layered with herbal notes, hints of pencil shavings and oak spice, whilst the Icon’s Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017’s nose is dominated by mint, dark cherry, aromatic tobacco and hints of cloves.

    As you enter the Franschhoek Wine Valley you will find family owned Noble Hill, which is also home to their estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, which was left to mature in French oak barrels for 18 months, resulting in a wine with excellent colour and structure.

    With Level 2 regulations allowing for the sale of alcohol again be sure to restock your collection with one of these.

    For more on these Franschhoek Vignerons as well as any of the other Cabernet Sauvignon producers in the valley visit www.franschhoek.org.za.

  2. There’s Always Sunshine After The Rain

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    Although there is still a chill in the air this past weekend we were spoilt with magnificent weather which looks set to last throughout this week. This spectacular Winter weather comes hot off the heels of two icy cold fronts we experienced, which saw our mountain ranges covered with snow. The snow-capped mountains were certainly a sight to behold, but we welcome the warmer weather, which is ideal for venturing outdoors.

     

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    Make the most of this gorgeous weather and head out to our valley this weekend, popping in for a bite to eat at one of our restaurants or grabbing a home baked pastry or freshly brewed cup of coffee from one of the many delis dotted throughout the area. With a leisurely walk along Main Road you’re bound to uncover many more gems, which include art galleries as well as décor and clothing boutiques. Perfect for browsing or purchasing a gift for yourself or that someone special. Some of these must visit gems include EBONY/CURATED, Masquerade, Big Dog Café and Orangerie Restaurant, to name but a few.

     

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    The Franschhoek Valley is also perfectly suited to outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from various levels of experience. Outdoor hikes including scenic walks at Topiary Wines and the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. For mountain biking trails, the Berg River Dam and Boschendal are the places you want to be. For a leisurely stroll through a magnificent fruit and vegetable orchard we highly recommend Babylonstoren. 

     

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    Although the sale and distribution of alcohol is currently in a state of limbo industry competitions are still going ahead, and we’re so proud of the following producers who excelled at the recent National Wine Challenge / Top 100 SA Wine competition for 2020: La Couronne Wine Estate, Babylonstoren, Allée Bleue, Holden Manz, La Motte, Rickety Bridge and Akkerdal. La Couronne and Babylonstoren stood out as two of the major winners in the competition, which saw four of La Couronne’s wines listed on the prestigious Top 100 SA Wine list, and Babylonstoren’s securing three spots on the list. To view the full results read the article on this link, which was recently published on www.wine.co.za,

    Not even COVID-19 could keep one of  our ( and South Africa’s) longest running festivals from taking place this year. Launched in 1994, the Franschhoek Bastille Festival takes place annually over the same weekend of the French Bastille festivities and sees thousands of festival goers fill the streets of Franschhoek to celebrate the valley’s French heritage. However, this year saw a different turn of events, and instead of cancelling we saw this an opportunity to take the festival to the people. A 10-day countdown, which commenced on 1 July, we took viewers through a virtual journey of the Franschhoek Valley as each day revealed a new experienced.

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    Linked to the daily reveals were unbelievable offers, affording the public to make use of unforgettable deals. Although only revealed on the day these offers are still available until the end of July. In case you haven’t seen any of these offers, best to check them out here before it’s too late: https://www.franschhoekbastille.co.za/bastille-voucher-deals. Please note that online wine sales are still permitted, and delivery of wines will take place as soon as the ban has been lifted. The virtual festival was a resounding success and taking into account that we had no blueprint to work off, we managed to reach just over 500 000 people in total via our relevant social media platform with this campaign. As one of the country’s leading winelands destinations this has certainly paved the way for future virtual festivals. Watch this space for more details on upcoming Franschhoek events. 

     

  3. Franschhoek’s Virtual Bastille Festival A Resounding Success

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    Not even COVID-19 could keep one of South Africa’s longest running festivals from taking place this year. The Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which was launched in 1994, takes place annually over the same weekend of the French Bastille festivities, and sees thousands of festival goers fill the streets of Franschhoek to celebrate the valley’s French heritage.

    However, this year saw a different turn of events, and instead of cancelling the organisers saw this an opportunity to take the festival to the people. A 10-day countdown, which commenced on 1 July, took viewers through a virtual journey of the Franschhoek Valley as each day revealed a new experienced. Some of the experiences included cellar tours, a walk through the garden of Babylonstoren, a guided tour of the village, a sneak peek at the collection of vintage cars at the Franschhoek Motor Museum as well as the highly popular cook along with Franschhoek local and celebrity chef, Reuben Riffel. Linked to the daily reveals were unbelievable offers, affording the public to make use of unforgettable deals. Although only revealed on the day these offers are still available until the end of July.

    Chef Reuben Riffel presented an online cooking demo on 5 July 2020.

    Saturday, 11 July, which would have been the date for this year’s event, saw the virtual festivities wrap up with a day filled with Franschhoek celebrations. A sabrage, cooking demo, virtual wine tasting and live music show were all part of the day’s line up. 

    “With no blueprint to work off we didn’t know what to expect, but we were blown away by the response. We had the opportunity to engage with followers who, in the past, wouldn’t have been able to attend the festival, and simply with the click of a button they were able to experience the valley through our eyes,” says Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO, Reinher Behrens. “Not only was engagement with our followers crucial, but we have also grown our social media following substantially across all of our platforms, which these days is key in getting your message out to the greater public. We reached just over 500 000 people in total via our relevant social media platform with this campaign.”

    As one of the country’s leading winelands destinations this has certainly paved the way for future virtual festivals. Watch this space for more details on upcoming Franschhoek events. 

  4. Holden Manz Wine Estate Proprietors’ Red Blend 2015 Awarded Double Platinum / Top 100 National Wine Challenge

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    Holden Manz Wine Estate is delighted to announce that its Proprietors’ Red Blend 2015 has been awarded Top 100 and Double Platinum in the 2020 National Wine Challenge.

    Holden Manz Proprietors Red Blend 2015

    “2015 was an exceptional vintage and this is an exceptional blend made from grapes grown on the estate in Franschhoek,” says Gerard Holden, Co-Owner of Holden Manz Wine Estate.  “This is the inaugural release of our Proprietors’ Red Blend and we are delighted it has been recognized in this way” Holden added.

    The Proprietors’ Red Blend consists mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah and was developed in conjunction with Cellar Master Thierry Haberer who commented that “the 2015 harvest was low in tonnes but super high in quality making these grapes perfect for wild fermentation and vinification which extracted loads of colour and flavor.”

    Dark red in colour, the Proprietors’ Red Blend was barrel aged for 20 months and shows black cherries, hibiscus, cigar box and cassis on the nose while the wine is silky smooth on the palate with soft, voluptuous tannins and flavours of red fruits and uncrushed black peppercorns!  This wine pairs perfectly with a magret de canard with honey and lavender sauce.

    R250 per bottle from www.holdenmanz.com 

    Holden Manz Wine Estate is based in the southern most corner of the Franschhoek Valley.  The Estate includes a 5 star country house and spa, cellar door tasting room, restaurant in the vineyard, picnic spots by the `Franschhoek River and is a much sought after wedding venue.

    For more information contact Gerard Holden gerard@holdenmanz.com 082 567 9659

  5. Vive Le Franschhoek

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    Continuing to embrace our new normal has also included hosting our annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, but in an entirely different format. Instead of the traditional festival we started on 1 July by taking viewers on a virtual journey through the valley. Each day we revealed a new Franschhoek experienced linked with amazing deals from some of our members. This week we continue our journey, which concludes with a jam packed day of Bastille Festival inspired events on Saturday, 11 July. Kickstart the day with a short lesson in French and end the day with a live music show. For a full line up of this week’s  programme visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za, and don’t forget to check out the offers. The perfect opportunity to book that much needed getaway or restock your cellar.

    La Motte celebrating this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival

    Although a cold front is predicted towards the end of this week, should it for any reason bypass the Cape and bless us with perfect Winter weather, why not venture to the valley to soak up some of the Bastille spirit. Most of our restaurants have resumed trading allowing you to stop in for a delicious meal. Or simply take a leisurely stroll down Main Road, taking in the red, white and blue as we embrace our French heritage. 

    After almost four months of not being able to operate The Franschhoek Theatre is back and can’t wait to welcome visitors back for their weekly movie screenings. According to the relaxed regulations under Level 3 cinemas have been allowed to resume business. Their screenings resumed on 1 July and to ensure that the regulations are adhered only 20 people are allowed at a time. Not the end of the world as this allows for that ultimate in private movie experience.

    Attention aspiring chefs and foodies. Join Chef Shirley Guy in her kitchen for a live streamed Baking Master Class, which is in support of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy. Perfectly suited to all levels of baking, the recipes in each of these classes are guaranteed to inspire you. Muso Carol Thorns, South Africa’s leading electric cellist, will welcome you with a streamed performance, adding extra excitement to each class. Although the first class took place on 4 July there are still two classes left, namely the 11th and 18th of July, and start at 12pm. Registration for each class is R300 and all funds raised will go towards purchasing a refrigerator and freezer for the new training kitchen as well as data for online learning. Find out more… 

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    During these times of uncertainty the team at Together Franschhoek continues to shine a light on those who need it most. To date they have processed 92 935kg of food and fruit, 63 800 hours have been clocked by an amazing team of volunteers, a total of 19 handwashing systems have been set up in and around Franschhoek, as 14 community soup kitchens operate around the clock on a daily basis. The generous donations received have helped to feed approximately 2 000 people on a daily basis.

    Just R250 can feed a family in need. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Together Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.

  6. All Clouds Have Silver Linings

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    We, as well as many of our members in and around the valley, are thrilled by the recent announcement of the further relaxations to the Level 3 regulations. These amendments have allowed the beauty sector to resume work as well as sit-down restaurants and accommodation establishments, amongst others. While we await the details on the T’s and C’s the relevant establishments are getting themselves COVID ready and eagerly await your return to the beautiful Franschhoek.

    After much needed rain we’ve been spoilt with some magical Winter days, perfect for a leisurely drive to Franschhoek.

     

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    The village is slowly but surely coming back to life and it’s such a beautiful sight to see a few new as well as familiar faces browsing the shops. Apparently we’re in for another cold front this weekend so it might not be the ideal opportunity to venture out, but as our heading implies every cloud has a silver lining and the cold weather will make way for perfect weather again. Perfect for some Franschhoek shopping or a delicious sit-down meal at one of your favourite restaurants again. 

    If you’re looking for outdoor fun don’t forget our beautiful Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve or the magnificent Berg River Dam. Both perfectly suited to all levels of outdoor enthusiasts. Just remember to purchase your permit prior to your visit. Simply contact us on 021 876 2861 or email info@franschhoek.org.za for more information. Alternatively you can pay via SnapScan or Zapper at the Berg River Dam.

     

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    Let’s not forget to celebrate International Rosé Day on Friday, 26 July. Although traditionally regarded as a Summer tipple, every day is Rosé day. Regarded as one of the more versatile wine varietals, not only does it pair perfectly with a fresh salad, but also works well when enjoyed with soups and light casseroles. With alcohol sales allowed again we encourage you to stock up on some of your favourite Franschhoek Rosés. 

    Are you ready for our new look Franschhoek Bastille Festival? Be sure to check in on our social media platforms from 1 to 10 July as we reveal a daily Franschhoek experience as well as not-to-be-missed offers. The countdown culminates on 11 July with a jampacked day of events. For the detailed programme visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za and be sure to follow us on Instagram (@franschhoeksa), Twitter (@Franschhoek_SA) and Facebook (/Franschhoek Wine Valley) from 1 July as the daily countdown unfolds.

    We’re super excited to be sharing news of an exciting collaboration by some of our award-winning chefs. The Franschhoek Culinaire is a group of chefs who are bringing dining and wining to your door to support restaurants  in the valley as well as the Isabelo Charity by Margot Janse. Simply bid on your favourite chef combination and be entertained, at a venue of your choice, for up to 10 people! Each lot consists of three top chefs who, if you’re the winning bidder, will prepare an unforgettable event to be hosted at your own personal venue. You will no doubt be the talk of the town and envy of your friends for weeks. 

    For more info visit https://franschhoekculinaire.com/

     

  7. Moving Ahead in Franschhoek

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    On 1 June we’ll be moving from Level 4 to Level 3, which is music to our Franschhoekers’ ears, but in particular our winemakers as they resume wine sales. Soon you’ll get to enjoy our Franschhoek wines again – in front of your cosy fireplace or with a hearty winter inspired meal, as the cold weather sets in. Some of our producers are offering unforgettable wine offers to celebrate this news, and we suggest you browse your favourite Franschhoek wine farm’s website to see what they have on offer. 

    Delis now open in Franschhoek

    Craving fresh bread, coffee beans, delicious pastries, local cheeses or artisanal charcuterie? Some of our members have reopened as deli’s and have stocked their shelves with delicious produce waiting for you to sample. These include Grande ProvenceLe Petit ManoirLa Paris, Good Food & CoBoschendal, Babylonstoren, Terbodore, (and soon to start trading La Motte, Leopard’s Leap and Foliage) who have reinvented their offering to bring you deliciously fresh taste sensations.

    The deli at Grande Provence

    Find a detailed list of the deli’s in the village and valley here.

    Community support in Franschhoek

    Life is about lessons and there seem to be so many of these we experience on a daily basis, one of these being the unconditional generosity of others. Colin and Annalise Atkins of Le Petit Paris Guest House are just one of the many we have come across. Their generous donation of bedding and clothing (below) will be a welcome relief to so many who need a bit of extra warmth this winter.

    Gift someone special with a voucher

    Have you heard about our voucher system? It’s the perfect opportunity to gift someone special (or why not yourself) with an unforgettable Franschhoek experience. Franschhoek Wine Valley has teamed up with partners, The Brand Mix to offer visitors the opportunity to purchase online gift vouchers made up of a selection of Franschhoek’s finest offerings and experiences. Don’t delay and head on over to our website today to browse the vouchers on offer. 

    Purchase a voucher to an overnight stay at Basse Provence at Rickety Bridge Wine Estate

    Support the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy

    Education has also been put on hold during this time, although many institutions have managed to keep students on track by means on online portals. One of the affected establishments is the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy who were in the process of training 25 local youths from the community in the field of hospitality before lockdown was implemented. These students rely on daily engagement to further their studies, but sadly this has been put on hold as they are unable to attend lessons. In an effort to help these students, the academy wants to help them continue their studies by means of Lobster Ink’s online hospitality training platform. However, this requires data in order to access, which many of the students have in limited supply. In order to help their students the academy has undertaken to cover the cost of the whole online learning curriculum during lockdown, and in doing so focus on practical skills in smaller groups once they are able to do so. However, they need your support to reach their target, and have set up a dedicated page on their website with all of the need-to-know information.

    Great news for outdoor enthusiasts

    Good news for locals who make use of the Berg River MTB and Hiking Trails is that these routes will soon be undergoing much needed repair work.

    The relevant trails are the Matoppie Contour, Seesaw and Snake Alley Trails, and this has been possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of Franschhoek Cellar and Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Two weeks prior to lockdown the local community trail builders, Golden Leaf, commenced work on one of the routes, but had to stop when lockdown was implemented. As of last week they have been able to resume their work on the related routes.

    Music to the ears of so many MTB riders and hikers/walkers who make use of these trails on a regular basis, and perfect timing as from 1 June we’ll be allowed to enjoy the outdoors at any time of the day. A heartfelt thanks to all involved for making this possible. 

    The Berg River Dam, Franschhoek

    Together Franschhoek keeps on making a difference

    The cherry on this week’s cake is an update from the amazing work done by all involved with Together Franschhoek. To date they have processed 55 000kg of food, 53 000 hours have been clocked by an amazing team of volunteers, a total of 17 handwashing systems have been set up in and around Franschhoek, and 12 soup kitchens operate around the clock on a daily basis. The generous donations received have helped to feed approximately 1 000 people on a daily basis.

    In case you’ve missed hearing about the amazing work done by our chefs and all involved with Together Franschhoek, a recent article published in the Daily Maverick gives an updated overview on how they are making a difference to the lives of others.

    Just R250 can feed a family in need. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Together Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.

  8. Gift someone special or yourself with a Franschhoek experience voucher

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    Franschhoek Wine Valley has teamed up with partners, The Brand Mix to offer visitors the opportunity to purchase online gift vouchers made up of a selection of Franschhoek’s finest offerings and experiences.

    This user-friendly online system enables visitors to pick and choose from a selection of monetary or experience vouchers, which can be paid for via credit card. Your voucher will then be delivered to your inbox or can be sent as a gift to someone special.

    The perfect gifts for friends or family who already ‘have everything’, but love travelling and experiencing adventure, wine, food or the finer things in life.

    At the same time you will be supporting hospitality businesses who are currently unable to trade during the South African lockdown period.

    Don’t delay and head on over to our website today to browse the vouchers on offer. We will continue adding new experiences from our valley in the next few weeks, so check back regularly.

    We can’t wait to welcome you back to Franschhoek in the future! In the interim, join us as we dream now and explore again later.

  9. Taking Things Slowly

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    Here’s a thought. What will you do first when lockdown ends? Treat yourself to a meal at one of your favourite restaurants? Meet up with friends for coffee? Or embark on an overdue outing to a wine farm?

     

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    Whatever you’re looking forward to its about embracing our new normal and adjusting to different experiences. One of these being slow travel. Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Franschhoek – a little piece of heaven tucked between mountain ranges – is the epitome of slow travel. 

    Before we go any further let’s paint the slow travel picture for you. It’s not about actually travelling slowly, but rather stopping to take the time to each individual experience you embark on. No longer is it about fitting in as much as possible in a short space of time, but rather allowing yourself time to absorb every aspect of your visit.

     

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    Slow travelling allows you to appreciate and connect with all that your destination has to offer. From the people to the food as well as any cultural offerings you may find. 

    While we await news on when it will be safe to venture further than our surrounds,  we invite you to dream of and ‘plan’ your next trip to explore Franschhoek slowly later. We miss you and can’t wait to welcome you back to our beautiful valley where you are guaranteed to return home rejuvenated after your slow travel sojourn. 

    If you’re lost for ideas we can help with that. Click on this link for a few ideas to get you started on your ‘journey’.

     

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    Since it was first launched, the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund, has received an overwhelming response to help restaurants who are really struggling during these uncertain times. ‘In a time where it feels like all change is bad, you get reminded that just by doing something small, by adding value to the community around you, some change is extraordinary,’ says chef David Schneider of Chefs Warehouse at Maison in Franschhoek. David’s restaurant was amongst the first to receive financial support from this fund. Together with others in the Chefs Warehouse group of restaurants, Maison is giving back by preparing food for Margot Janse’s charity, Isabelo, which feeds hundreds of school children on a daily basis. Through the help of Maison and so many others the charity has expanded its reach to feed many more hungry families in the valley. 

    Read more about the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund and how you can get involved here.

    Charitable donations from far afield. A financial donation received from the Netherlands allowed for local resident Irma Borrias to practice her amazing sewing skills in making these beautiful masks (below), allowing so many more people to stay safe.

    Foliage Restaurant Chef Chris Erasmus couldn’t resist trying on these warm winter jackets donated recently by Peacock Blue, which will be distributed to those who need it most to keep a little warmer during the cold days. Peacock Blue provides discerning men of all ages and most sizes with stylish, colourful, comfortable outfits that would take them almost anywhere apart from the boardroom.

    Craving fresh bread, coffee beans, homegrown vegetables, or a piping hot restaurant meal? Some of our members have reopened as deli’s, while restaurants are offering delicious meals delivered to your door. Whilst browsing the list be sure to check which retail shops have reopened, affording you the opportunity to shop for your winter clothing or purchase a gift for someone special.

     

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    A heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who has contributed to the continued efforts of the Together Franschhoek feeding scheme, which provides nourishing food through various distribution points, with the supply of fresh produce and ingredients, the installation of handwashing stations, and ensuring that social distancing measures and guidelines are in place. Just R250 can feed a family in need. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Together Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.

  10. Franschhoek Reflections

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    The days seem to blend into each other and with our normal being abnormal we are forgiven for sometimes forgetting which day of the week it is. The leaves on the trees and on the vines have changed, and the valley is showing off beautiful bursts of autumnal colours.

    Main Road, Franschhoek

    As we go through the paces of a new week let’s reflect on the week that was in our beautiful valley. Breathing in the fresh mountain air during the 6am to 9am daily walks allows us to really appreciate how spectacular she is. 

    Berg River Dam walking

    Level 4 lockdown regulations have allowed for more shops to trade during these times. We are thrilled that some of our clothing boutiques have reopened to sell their exquisite winter clothing. These include Indian Summer, Peacock Blue, Desray and the Yarn Shop. 

    Huguenot Fine Chocolates has also reopened to provide regulars with their delicious sweet treats again. A list of shops currently open in Franschhoek is available here.

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    Another bit of exciting news to emerge from our valley is that some of our members have used this opportunity to reopen and offer their services as deli’s. Expect an abundance of fresh deliciousness and home baked goods. Grande Provence, Terbodore, Le Petit Manoir, La Paris Bistro, Boschendal and Babylonstoren are some of the establishments offering this not to be missed service. The Jam Jar Food Stall, situated on the Klapmuts/Simondium Road, is also open to sell their delicious homemade jams once again. 

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    Restaurants are only allowed to operate if they are able to offer a home delivery service. This is a treat for so many who will once again be able to enjoy the delicious food these restaurants are known for. The perfect opportunity to pause your home cooking skills and support local restaurants who will ensure tasty food is delivered to your door. Some of our members who have reopened their doors include Allora Franschhoek, Franschhoek Cellar, The Old Road Wine Co, Good Food & Co, Le Petit Manoir and La Paris Bistro. A list of all restaurants currently open is available here.

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    Don’t forget to spoil your mom this Sunday, 10 May as we celebrate Mother’s Day throughout South Africa. Traditionally this day is spent taking mom out for a delicious meal (besides the extra treats), but this year we need to relook how we show our appreciation. Why not treat her to a picnic basket from Grande Provence. Filled to the brim with delicious treats the cost is R400 per double basket and delivered to you for a nominal additional cost.

    For an unconventional breakfast treat mom to a special Mother’s Day Breakfast Box from Boschendal this Sunday. Included in the beautifully presented box is their Farm Style Breakfast together with a selection of freshly baked sweet treats.

    For those with a super sweet tooth why not spoil mom with a sweet treat from Huguenot Fine Chocolates.

    Or why not spoil Mom with an unforgettable overnight (or even weekend) stay at Rickety Bridge. For the next 30 days Rickety Bridge is giving you the opportunity to purchase an accommodation voucher at a 50% discount. Book and pay now to experience later. The perfect opportunity to experience this beautiful region as a tourist.

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    Following on from last week’s mention of EBONY/CURATED’s online silent auction we are so excited to share this amazing bit of news with you. Their piece, a photograph (below) of former President Nelson Mandela, was auctioned off at just over R240 000, which will be donated to the Isabelo Charity, to assist Margot Janse and her team in their efforts to feed the community.

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    Well done to all at Boschendal for their part in helping to feed those less fortunate. The collective team effort of their volunteers resulted in over 300kg of fresh garden vegetables, 1 000 bread loaves and 12 000 eggs being donated to soup kitchens in the communities, in collaboration with the Pebbles Project.

    Even the artworks throughout Franschhoek are taking COVID-19 seriously donning their face masks to spread the message of safety outdoors.

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    A heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who has contributed to the continued efforts of the Together Franschhoek feeding scheme, which provides nourishing food through various distribution points, with the supply of fresh produce and ingredients, the installation of handwashing stations, and ensuring that social distancing measures and guidelines are in place. Just R250 can feed a family in need. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Together Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.