Fun-filled fes­ti­val prom­ises French flair

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

OOH la la! It’s time to im­merse your­self in French cul­ture with the an­nual Bastille Fes­ti­val in Fran­schhoek next week­end.

Deck your­self out in red, white and blue, slap a beret on your head, a rope of gar­lic around your neck and baguette un­der your arm and set off for the beau­ti­ful winelands vil­lage with its French roots.

In the late 17th cen­tury a large num­ber fled re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion in France as Protes­tant-re­formed Chris­tians and im­mi­grated to the Cape of Good Hope to find a new life. The name “Fran­schhoek” stems from the Dutch phrase “Fran­sche Hoek”, which means “French cor­ner”.

The Huguenot Mon­u­ment at the end of the Main Road will form the back­drop for a mar­quee filled with fab­u­lous Fran­schhoek wines from An­thonij Ru­pert Wines, Boschen­dal, Grande Provence Her­itage Wine Es­tate, Haute Cabriere, and Leop­ard’s Leap Fam­ily Vine­yards, among oth­ers.

Com­ple­ment th­ese with gourmet food from eater­ies in the re­gion in­clud­ing Bread and Wine, Fo­liage Restau­rant, Huguenot Fine Choco- lates, Reuben’s Fran­schhoek, and Terra Del Capo.

Add a quirky car­i­ca­ture artist who will cap­tures your Bastille ex­pe­ri­ence, the pop­u­lar Por­cu­pine Ridge bar­rel rolling com­pe­ti­tion, and a ded­i­cated chil­dren’s area, and you have all the ingredients for a fun filled fes­ti­val.

Am­ple park­ing per­mits you to leave your car while you spend the day ei­ther in the mar­quee or the vil­lage, which is a short stroll away with a hive of fes­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.

Th­ese in­clude boules, a highly civilised game which can be played with a glass of wine in one hand.

The fes­ti­val is on July 16 and 17 from 12pm to 5pm. Tick­ets to the Food & Wine Mar­quee cost R220 and in­clude entry, a tast­ing glass, and a book­let of five wine tast­ing coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be re­deemed at the fes­ti­val. Ad­di­tional coupons can be pur­chased on the day. Tick­ets are lim­ited so pre-book­ing through www. webtick­ets is ad­vised.

www. fran­schhoek­bastille. co. za or fol­low @ Fran­schhoek_ SA on Twit­ter.

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