French heritage and gourmet delights await at the Bastille Festival

The Cape Winelands have numerous draw-cards that entice visitors from all over the world, including stunning accommodation, fantastic vistas, artisan markets and their knack for creating stellar wines. One of the most attended events of the year is the weekend-long Bastille Festival, which celebrates the French Huguenot history of Franschhoek. 

The manifesto of the French Revolution and France’s motto today –liberté, égalité, fraternité, meaning “freedom, equality and brotherhood” –still holds true as people from all over flock to Franschhoek’s idyllic valley for a weekend of camaraderie infused with gourmet food, cheese and wine. 

Famous for its French-style food and wine, Franschhoek holds its centuries old Huguenot heritage in high regard with many events and attractions on the calendar to satisfy visitors and locals. The whole town becomes a hub of all things delicious as award-winning vineyards and restaurants parade their most esteemed wares at the famous Bastille Food and Wine Marquee, all designed to impress. The Bastille Food and Wine Marquee is the epicentre of the excitement where you can take your tastebuds on a journey that starts at charcuterie, local and French cheeses and local salmon to hand-made chocolates, breads and even fresh sushi.

In addition to the taste extravaganza, you can walk off the calories by visiting the stores and galleries, watching a film at Le Quartier or try your hand at barrel-rolling and boules. The Farmer’s Market in the Town Hall promises a variety of lifestyle products, artworks and crafts for sale along with, you guessed it, more French-style food you won’t be able to resist. 

● Date: 14-15 July 

● Tickets available at Webtickets 

● Saturday: R200p/p Sunday: R180p/p or R1500 for a table of 10 and Children under the age of 18 are free.

Cover photo by Kym Ellis on Unsplash

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