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  1. 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, 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… 

    Chef Shirley Guy

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.