Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival
Don your beret and celebrate France's Independence Day with good food and wine
A centuries-old French Huguenot celebration is taking over Franschhoek for Bastille Day, France's Independence Day. On Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 July 2012 brace yourself for a feast of good food, great wine and enthralling entertainment; for a weekend, the entire winelands town is transformed into a quaint French village in honour of the holiday and the area's heritage.
What to expect
Aside from this highlight, the food and wine marquee tent in the centre of Franschhoek town, next to the Town Hall, will be the focal point of the festival; a hub for foodies and wine lovers to congregate and to appreciate the fine gastronomy of Franschhoek. The marquee is jam-packed with food and wine stalls, and festival-goers are urged to buy of bottle of something and settle down with some French fare to enjoy the celebration.
That's not all though, other major festival attractions include the largest and longest running boules competition of its kind, the much anticipated Waiters' Race, the delightful Franschhoek minstrel parade and the ever popular barrel-rolling contest.
Don't forget the farmers' market, craft market stalls, musicians and children's activities included in the festival line-up. The Marche de Franschhoek (Market of Franschhoek) in the Town Hall will host a selection of French and French-inspired food and lifestyle products.
Participating winemakers include:
- Gilles Barge, Domaine Barge (Cote Rotie, Condrieu)
- Jean Luc Monteillet, Domaine De Montine (Grignan Les Adhemar, Cotes Du Rhone, Vinsobres)
- Gilles Verzier, Vignobles Verzier, Chanteperdrix (Cote Rotie, Condrieu, Saint Joseph)
- Nadia Fayolle, Domaine Des Martinelles (Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage)
- Yves Cuilleron, Cave Cuilleron (Cote Rotie, Condrieu)
- André Mercier, Vignerons Ardechois (Vins D' Ardeche, Cotes Du Rhone, Cotes Du Vivarais)
- Dominique Courbis, (St Joseph, Cornas)
- Yann Chave, Domaine Yann Chave (Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage)
- Pierre Mollier, Mas De Bagnols (Ardeche, Cotes Du Vivarais)
- Laurent Vial, Domaine Du Colombier (Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage)
Ticketing info for Bastille Day
General access tickets are R150p/p,and include access to the food and wine marquee, a tasting glass and a complimentary booklet of tasting coupons; thereafter, all tastings are charged accordingly.
VIP tickets are R395p/p,and include a tasting of the French wines, a tasting selection of Franschhoek vineyard wines, a delicious platter of French inspired food and access to the food and wine marquee.
If you want to avoid the crowds, but still get in on the wine tasting action, Grande Provence is offering a comprehensive tasting package of all wines exhibited for R395p/p; there are only 100 places available and booking is essential.
All tickets can be purchased directly from Webtickets.co.za. Booking is essential, as tickets to the marquees are limited. Once the venues are full, no further patrons will be admitted.
For more information as well as details about special Bastille events planned for 13 July, visit Franschhoek.org.za or contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861. For the social media savvy, get real time updates or share your experiences on twitter with the hashtag #fhkbastille.
What better way to paint the town red, white and blue than in a beret? "Vive la Résistance!"
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