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  1. 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 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 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. 

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  2. Franschhoek Culinary Status Still Top Of The Charts

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    Sunday, 17 November signified an important day in the culinary calendar as the top South African restaurants were announced at the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. Attended by the who’s who in the foodie and media fraternities, three Franschhoek eateries secured a spot on this sought-after list of the country’s Top 20. The winning restaurants were chosen by a core panel of anonymous judges.

    Already recognised both locally and internationally for their five-star culinary offerings, the Franschhoek restaurants included in the line-up of the country’s Top 20 were the following, in order of rank:

    La Petite Colombe (#6)

    La Petite Colombe Franschhoek

    Chefs Warehouse at Maison (#14)

    Chefs Warehouse at Maison

    Le Coin Français (#16)  

    Le Coin Français

    The gala ceremony took place at GrandWest in Cape Town and this year’s theme was an elegant garden party, with the food and décor to match, which coincides perfectly with the impending Summer season.

  3. Aspiring Franschhoek Chef Announced as S. Pellegrino Top 10 Young Chef Semi-Finalist

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    The S. Pellegrino Top 10 Young Chef semi-finalists for 2020 have been announced, of which seven of the 10 for the Africa and Middle East region are from South Africa. One of the semi-finalists happens to be Callan Austin, Chef De Cuisine at Le Coin Français.

    Callan Austin, Chef De Cuisine at Le Coin Français

    135 chef candidates from 12 regions, representing 50 countries were judged for the prestigious Top 10 list, with the organisers receiving over 2 400 applications to participate in this internationally recognised competition. The aim is to find the world’s best young chef.

    According to Callan becoming a chef was never part of his agenda after high school. Like most people he had no idea what he wanted to spend his time doing. Fortunately he enrolled himself into the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, marking the beginning of his culinary journey. As each year and industry placement went by, his attitude towards the culinary industry changed, and he felt like he belonged and that everything he did contributed to a bigger picture. It was an empowering feeling. He views Darren Badenhorst, Executive Chef at Le Coin Français, as his mentor who has created a stimulating environment for him to grow as a young chef. He firmly believes that the cuisine at Le Coin Françasi embodies classic French techniques with a modern yet sophisticated flare.

    “It’s difficult to answer the question ‘what do you strive for’ as ones goals and aspirations should constantly evolve. Being named one of the semi-finalists for such a prestigious, international competition is exciting for me because I now have the opportunity to voice my message of ethical, sustainable and seasonal cuisine through an art form that is the most relatable for everyone. Telling a story through food is a philosophy I strongly root myself in. Each element on my dish conveys a message of their own and contributes to the overall story. Through this competition I strive to prove that chefs can be creative, intricate and thoughtful as well as practice sustainable cooking,” comments Callan on being selected as a semi-finalist.

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  4. Franschhoek reaffirms its position as one of SA’s premier culinary destinations

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    After months of waiting the big day finally arrived as the winners of the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards were announced. Of the 30 nominees a list of South Africa’s Top 20 were selected, which saw four Franschhoek eateries securing a spot on this sought after list. The winning restaurants were chosen by a core panel of anonymous judges and convened by Margot Janse.

    La Petite Colombe

    Already recognised both locally and internationally for their five-star culinary offerings, the Franschhoek chefs and restaurants to be announced as the Top 20 winners were the following, in order of rank:

    Scot Kriton and John Norris-Rogers, La Petite Colombe (#5)
    Chris Erasmus, Foliage (#13)
    Darren Badenhorst, Le Coin Français (#14)
    Liam Tomlin and David Schneider, Chefs Warehouse at Maison (#16)

    The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal, with Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell at the helm, was this year’s recipient of the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award. According to the judges the restaurant was truly deserving of this award as Chef Christiaan is a prime example of a chef and farm working with nature to regenerate and restore.

    The Boschendal Werf Garden

    In addition Chris Erasmus of Foliage was one of two recipients to be awarded this year’s Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef, which is voted for by the chefs of the 30 nominated restaurants. This year for the first time there was a tie, and Chris shared the award with Ivor Jones of Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia.

    Chris Erasmus – Foliage

    The awards were announced at a gala ceremony which took place at GrandWest in Cape Town on Sunday, 18 November, and attended by the who’s who of the restaurant and media fraternities.

  5. Franschhoek eateries included in the lineup of 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards nominees

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    In Franschhoek we are not only passionate about wine, but we’re also fanatical about food. Over the years the valley has become avidly known as the Culinary Capital of South Africa and the area is home to some of the best fine dining establishments in the country. We are proud once again to have five nominated restaurants from the Franschhoek Valley listed amongst the 30 nominees in the highly anticipated annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.

    The Franschhoek nominated chefs and restaurants are as follows:

    Chefs Warehouse at Maison Estate

    Foliage Restaurant, Franschhoek

    Le Coin Francais

    La Petite Colombe

    The Werf Restaurant, Boschendal

    We’re extremely proud of these restaurants, and look forward to the big announcement of the Top 20 restaurants, which will be revealed at the gala awards ceremony on 18 November at GrandWest. From this list this Top 10 list will also be announced.