Get your beret ready… it’s that time of the year again! SA’s French-inspired 26th annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, will take place at the historic Franschhoek Huguenot Monument over the weekend of 13 and 14 July. A social calendar highlight, the two-day event is guaranteed to bring out the Parisian in you.
The village, which will be ‘dressed’ in its finest French attire, is a hive of activities, embracing its French heritage, and adding to the hype and excitement the weekend has become known for. Although the valley embraces the French theme to perfection, the Food & Wine Marquee, which is set against the backdrop of the historic Huguenot Monument, is the place to be and be seen.
As Winter sets in the marquee is set to keep out the cold yet still offering exquisite views of the mountain. Ample parking on the grounds allows for comfortable walking distance to and from the village. Sample the wide selection of Franschhoek wines on offer or treat your taste buds to the variety of delicious gourmet fare available to purchase from some of the Valley’s well-known eateries.
The quirky caricature artist who captures your Bastille experience, the popular Porcupine Ridge Barrel Rolling Competition and live music add to the elements for a fabulous festival. A beret and baguette add the extra pizzazz needed for a memorable Winelands French experience.
Tickets to the Food & Wine Marquee cost R395 per person, and include entry, a complimentary tasting glass, wine tasting coupons and a R20 voucher which is redeemable on the day. Additional coupons can be purchased on the day.
Children under 18 enter for free. The festival times are 11h00 to 17h00 on Saturday and 11h00 to 15h00 on Sunday. Sunday’s festivities are ideally suited for the whole family with ample fun kiddies’ entertainment for the young ones.