Roll out the barrel for the Bastille Fes­ti­val

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 -

DUST OFF your berets, pull on your boots and dress up in your finest red, white and blue – French fever’s in the air with the Fran­schhoek Bastille Fes­ti­val. South Africa’s lead­ing wine and culi­nary des­ti­na­tion, which is now in its 20th year, takes place over the week­end of July 13 and 14.

Join in the fun and fes­tiv­i­ties at the Food and Wine Mar­quee, which over the years has be­come the fo­cal point of the fes­ti­val. It’s a pop­u­lar meet­ing place, serv­ing su­perb wines from Fran­schhoek’s award-win­ning wine es­tates, as well as ap­petis­ing dishes cre­ated by some of the most ac­claimed chefs in the Fran­schhoek val­ley.

Tick­ets to the Food and Wine Mar­quee cost R150 per per­son, and in­clude a com­pli­men­tary tast­ing glass plus a book­let of tast­ing coupons. Ad­di­tional coupons can be bought on the day.

For avid wine en­thu­si­asts the VIP Mar­quee of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to sip, sam­ple and savour a va­ri­ety of com­pli­men­tary wines from the Fran­schhoek Val­ley. It in­cludes three com­pli­men­tary food vouch­ers: for a hot and cold meal and dessert. Tick­ets, which cost R550 per per­son, in­clude sep­a­rate VIP ac­cess, en­try to the Food & Wine Mar­quee, a com­pli­men­tary tast­ing glass and wine­tast­ing coupons.

If you fancy a break from wine tast­ing, try some of the fes­tiv­i­ties of the non-grape va­ri­ety. Th­ese in­clude boules, the Wait­ers’ Race, the Fran­schhoek minstrel pa­rade and the pop­u­lar barrel- rolling con­test. A farm­ers’ mar­ket, craft mar­ket, mu­si­cians and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties are also in­cluded in the line-up of fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions.

● For tick­ets, visit www.webtick­

SERVED: Wait­ers race to the fimish at Fran­schhoek’s Bastille Fes­ti­val.

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