A taste of France at the Bastille Fes­ti­val

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODDRINKING - MYRNA ROBINS

AFOOD and wine mar­quee, a minstrel pa­rade and a farm­ers’ mar­ket. Barrel-rolling, a waiter’s race, and the largest boules con­test in the coun­try. Th­ese are just a few of the at­trac­tions await­ing vis­i­tors to Fran­schhoek’s an­nual Bastille Fes­ti­val which marks its 20th an­niver­sary this year.

Over the week­end of July 13-14 this pic­turesque Boland town em­pha­sises its Gal­lic her­itage in ev­ery way pos­si­ble, from red, white and blue bunt­ing to pre­sen­ta­tions of fine bub­blies and qual­ity red, white and rosé wines, along with fine fare served with French flair at sev­eral of South Africa’s top restau­rants.

As usual, fes­tiv­i­ties are cen­tred on the Food and Wine mar­quee, start­ing at noon, and – for those who want to re­lax over some of the val­ley’s best vin­tages, and fol­low tast­ing with a three-course lunch – there’s a VIP mar­quee as well.

Chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties are avail­able and there is a wide choice of B&B’s and ho­tels for those stay­ing over for the week­end.

Tick­ets to the mar­quee, which cost R150, in­clude a glass and tast­ing coupons. Book­ing is es­sen­tial as once the mar­quee is full, no fur­ther pa­trons will be ad­mit­ted.

Tick­ets to the VIP mar­quee, at R550, in­clude ac­cess to both mar­quees, com­pli­men­tary tast­ings and meal vouch­ers. Tick­ets can be bought via www.webtick­ets.co.za.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.fran­schhoekbastille.co.za or call 021 876 2861.

WIN! TGW read­ers can win 10 pairs of tick­ets to the Food and Wine Mar­quee for Sun­day July 14.

To be in line to win send an email to pippa@smartcom­mu­ni­ca­tions.co.za be­fore midnight on Mon­day July 8 with the an­swer to this ques­tion: How many Bastille Fes­ti­vals have been cel­e­brated in Fran­schhoek be­fore 2013? In­clude your name, day­time con­tact num­ber and put TWW/Fran­schhoek Bastille in the sub­ject line.

FIERCE COM­PE­TI­TION: Barrel-rolling is taken se­ri­ously by Fran­schhoek val­ley cel­lars.

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