Vive Le Franschhoek

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.