Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival

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Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival

Don your beret and celebrate France’s Independence Day with good food and wine

What better way to paint the town red, white and blue than in a beret? “Vive la Résistance!”

Party à la française (French-style) at the centuries-old French Huguenot fête that is poised to, once again, take over Franschhoek for Bastille Day, France’s Independence Day. On Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 July 2017 visitors to Mzansi’s French corner can look forward to a two-day feast featuring good food, great wine and enthralling entertainment. This time around, the annual get-together celebrates its status as a Cape Town calendar highlight and a must-do event for foodies worth their salt.


AN INDULGENT AFFAIR: Much like the French themselves, this annual food, wine and culture extravaganza embraces the decadence of its heritage to showcase the area’s gourmet treats and quirky traditions. Essentially, the fiesta is scheduled to return with a slew of much-anticipated favourites that have been known to keep visitors coming back year after year.

FOOD & WINE MARQUEE: The focal point of every year’s get-together is the Food and Wine Marquee, which will be hosted at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek. Here, first-time and regular festival-goers can sip and swirl wine, listen to live musical entertainment put on by local artists and appreciate the fine gastronomy of the region. The exhibition area is jam-packed with stalls serving up both delectable fare and top-notch reds, whites and MCCs, and those milling about are urged to buy of bottle of something and settle in for the afternoon.

FUN & GAMES – THE FRENCH WAY: That’s not all though, other major festival attractions include the largest and longest running boules competition (anyone can enter) of its kind as well as a performance by the delightful Delta Valley Entertainers and the ever-popular barrel-rolling contest.

WINE FARMS A-PLENTY: The festival spans the whole of Franschhoek (with the Food and Wine Marquee being located at the Franschhoek Huguenot Monument) and some of the Cape’s most loved wine farms are taking part! The festival includes Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Haute Cabriere, Boschendal, Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards and Val de Vie Estate. For a full line-up of participants, please head over to the Bastille website -


Tickets are available via and, depending on extremely limited availability, at the door on the day; costs are as follows:



Saturday ticket


Sunday ticket


Children younger than 18 years of age (accompanied by an adult)


Do note that food will also be on sale at the marquee and guests are advised to bring along cash since there will be no card machines. Booking is essential as tickets to the marquee are limited. Once the venue is full, no more patrons will be admitted. All guests are urged to wear a beret and something snazzy with French flair. The marquee is open from 12pm until 5pm; no entrance after 5pm.

For more information, visit or contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on +27 (0) 21 876 2861. For the social media savvy, get real-time updates or share your experiences on twitter with @Franschhoek_SA.


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