A taste of France at the Bastille Festival
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.