Don’t miss out on the Franschhoek Bastille Festival happening 11 & 12 July

by Karisa

I’ve missed out on the Franschhoek Bastille Festival two years running now because of various scheduling conflicts…  but this year, trust me, NOTHING’s going to stand in my way…

Why am I so determined not to miss yet another one?  Well because this festival is quite frankly one of the best food & wine festivals of the year.  Missing it means crying yourself to sleep night after night as your friends recap what an amazing time they had. 😉

Not this year…

For those of you who haven’t yet been, the Franschhoek Bastille Festival is a celebration of all things French.  A nod to this gorgeous little town’s roots of course.

There are two main venues:

  • Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Hall (suited for the whole family):
    • Situated at the town hall with ample entertainment for the little ones while mom & dad do some wine sampling.
    • Entry is R120 per person & includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be used on the day.  Kids under 18 enter for FREE.
  • Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee (suited for food & wine lovers):
    • Situated at the Huguenot Monument – the perfect venue, with exquisite mountain backdrops, and ample parking within walking distance.
    • Other features:
      • Delicious food from some of Franschhoek’s well-known restaurants.
      • Internationally acclaimed chef, Marcus Fréminot, will be treating your taste buds to traditional Creole cuisine.
      • A one-of-a-kind red, white and blue mini Eiffel Tower.
      • A French-inspired photo booth.
      • And even stilt walkers!
    • Entry is R200 per person & includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be used on the day.  Additional coupons can also be purchased there.

Live entertainment will be happening at both of these venues.  Then throughout the town, there will of course also be a host of other activities.  These include the following:

  • Franschhoek Bastille Festival Market @ BICCCS – where you can stock up on the finest artisanal produce from in and around the winelands, ranging from homemade chocolates, olives, honey, cheese, artisanal breads, Franschhoek olive oil and so much more.  Entry is FREE.
  • Also keep an eye out for the popular Franschhoek Boules Tournament, the Delta Valley Entertainers as well as the Porcupine Ridge Barrel Rolling Competition.

Don’t want to miss out?  Then take note of these important details:

  • When? 11 & 12 July 2015: 12pm to 5pm
  • Where?  Franschhoek Huguenot Monument grounds
  • How much? R120 or R200 per person per day
  • Tickets?  Need to be purchased online at Webtickets over here (you can try your luck at the door, but I highly advise you not too.  Whatever tickets are left sell out really fast.  And once the tents are full, they won’t let any more people in.)
  • Dress code? Red, white and blue!  And if you don’t have anything, be sure to buy a beret there.  You certainly don’t want to be the odd one out.

Berets are a must (Photo taken at the 2012 Bastille Fest)

The 2012 Food & Wine marquee

I have my outfit ready.  I’ve been stretching my wine muscles in preparation.  And I’ve even booked accommodation to stay over.  The 2015 Franschoek Bastille Festival is in the bag baby…



Kim Jul 3, 2015 - 9:44 am

Stretching your wine muscle. LOL. You’ve been USING your wine muscle! xxx

Karisa Jul 3, 2015 - 11:15 am

Haha… ssshhh… nobody needs to know 😉


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