Taking Things Slowly

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.