Franschhoek Bastille Festival 11 & 12 July 2015


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Dust off your berets and dress up in your finest red; white and blue for this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes place on 11 and 12 July.

 Taking it up a notch visitors can look forward to three exciting festival offerings.

 As you enter the village be sure to look out for the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Market @ BICCCS. 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.

Suited to the whole family (and perfect for the kids) the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Hall, situated at the Town Hall is the perfect place to relax and unwind while the kids make use of the ample entertainment available to them. Sample the wines on offer or keep your appetite at bay with the delicious gourmet fare for sale. Entry is R120 per person, which includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be used on the day. Children under 18 enter for free.

Last but by no means least is the popular Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee, situated at the Huguenot Monument - the perfect venue, with exquisite mountain backdrops, and ample parking within walking distance. Treat your taste buds to a gastronomic feast with delicious fare from some of Franschhoek’s well-known restaurants. Internationally acclaimed chef Marcus Fréminot who comes from the Seychelles and has cooked for the President of the Seychelles, Ambassadors, Ministers and VIPs, will be treating your taste buds to traditional Creole cuisine. He will be visiting South Africa as part of a French cultural exchange. Keeping it French we’ll be pulling out all the stops, with a one-of-a-kind red, white and blue mini Eiffel Tower! A French-inspired photo booth and stilt walkers add to the excitement of the day.

Entrance tickets to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee cost R200 per person, which 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 be purchased on the day.

Live entertainment will add extra flare and fun at all of these venues.

Pre-booking through is essential, as no more visitors will be admitted once the venues are full. 

Kitted out in its finest French flare the town is a hive of activities, which includes the popular Franschhoek Boules Tournament, the Delta Valley Entertainers as well as the Porcupine Ridge Barrel Rolling Competition.

A favourite amongst visitors far and wide, the Franschhoek Bastille Festival scooped the Crowd Pleaser Award at the 2014 KLINK Awards - a consumer-driven, interactive wine tourism competition.

For more information follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA. 

  • The Franschhoek Bastille Festival was recognized as the best Tourism Related Event of the Year at the 2013 Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards.
  • Franschhoek is a member of the Délice Network of Good Food Cities of the World.
  • Franschhoek was voted Number 3 in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Top 10 Destinations in South Africa.

What's happening where in Franschhoek this weekend?

Are you joining us for the Franschhoek Bastille Festival this weekend? Have a look at the town map below to see what is happening where...


Please note that all tickets for Saturday are sold out, but we still have a few SUNDAY tickets available for the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee (Main Marquee) up at the monument and some for the Franschhoek Food & Wine Hall in town.

You won't miss out on the Wimbledon Men's Final either if you attend the Franschhoek Bastille Festival on Sunday. You can watch the men's final on our big screen in the comfort of the Food & Wine Marquee whilst sipping on bubbly from the Franschhoek Wine Valley and tucking on strawberries and cream and strawberries dipped in chocolate. Create your own Wimbledon experience right here in Franschhoek!

Tickets can be pre-bought on - See you there!

Drink Responsibly. Arrive to Bastille Festival with Uber, Everyone's Private Driver

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We have partnered with Uber to get all guests to and from the event safely and in style! All new users can sign up here with the promotional code: Bastille2015, in order to receive a free first ride up to R200. To request your ride, simply download the free application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone, or visit the mobile site:

Please note that in order to ensure a reliable ride, Uber will be charging an additional R50.00 on all trips taken to or from the festival.

Uber is an on-demand service that seamlessly connects you with a private driver at the tap of a button. The entire service is cash free and the fare is deducted directly from your card on file. For questions, please contact Uber at

Dress up and win!

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The Franschhoek Bastille Festival is this weekend! So whether you are a handsome Monsieur, an elegant Madame or a young and dashing Mademoiselle it is time to whip out your baguette and beret and dress up in your red, white and blue!

Come and take your picture in front of our one-of-a-kind red, white and blue mini Eiffel Tower and our French-inspired photo booth and make your celebrations a little more French by posting your Franschhoek Bastille Festival photos and videos on Instagram. Remember to use our hashtag #FranscHHoek to stand a chance of winning six tickets to the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival for the weekend of 26 and 27 September.

The Franschhoek Food & Wine Town Hall - perfect for the kids!

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This year, there is a new addition to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival! To accommodate our younger crowd we have created a space perfect for families in the center of town at the Franschhoek Town Hall. The Franschhoek Bastille Food & Wine Hall will have loads of kiddies activities on offer by Romping Rascals and while the kids play parents will have the opportunity to sample some wines from Franschhoek Vignerons. Haut Espoir, Rickety Bridge, La Bri, Black Elephant Vintners and La Motte will be offering their wines for tasting.

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There will also be delicious gourmet fare for sale by the likes of Ghenwa's Lebenese cooking, charcuterie from the Black Plate, pizza by Maggino Bros, cakes and sweet stuff by Oh la la, French styled food by Le Bon Vivant, handmade Belgian chocolates by Huguenot Fine Chocolates, Biltong, Olives by Chrisna and pancakes by Hospice.

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Entry is R120 per person, which includes a complimentary tasting glass, a booklet of tasting coupons as well as a R20 wine voucher to be used on the day. Children under 18 enter for free. Tickets are available on

Please note that these tickets are only valid in the Bastille Festival Food & Wine Hall and will not be valid for the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Main Marquee at the Huguenot Monument grounds. 

And we have a winner...!


Congratulations to Shelagh! She has won four tickets to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee for Sunday 12 July 2015. We received over 200 entries into this competition and we'd like to thank everyone for their lovely comments. We hope to see everyone in Franschhoek next weekend! 

All about the 2015 Bastille Boules Tournament

The Bastille Boules Tournament, now in its 21st year, will take place during the Franschhoek Bastille Festival weekend again this year from 11 to 12 July.

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Come and support the teams at the Franschhoek Dutch Reform Church, or enter your own team! Entry per team is R180 and for teams of Pensioners (all of who must be above pensionable age) is R120.  A team must have three members, but please take note that the original team members cannot change teams during the tournament unless they break a leg(!). We will also have a prize for the team who dresses 'Avec Style' with style! You are welcome to bring your own umbrella, table and chairs and there will be a few to hire.

Play begins promptly on Saturday morning at 9am and if your team qualifies for the second day on Sunday, play will commence at 10am. Play rules will be available upon arrival or can be forwarded  to you. There is a range of super prizes to be won this year! So be sure to enter now by contacting with your team name, members and contact details and the days you wish to play. 

All fund raising from this tournament will go to Franschhoek SPCA sterilisation program. 


See you there!


Win four tickets to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival!

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Oui! It’s time to celebrate at the Franschhoek Bastille Festival again!
So whether you are a handsome Monsieur, an elegant Madame or a young and dashing Mademoiselle, be sure not to miss out this year!
Whip out that baguette (yes! You can!), show off your beret, and dress up in red, white and blue at the Franschhoek Bastille Festival from 11 to 12 July.

 To stand a chance of winning four tickets to Franschhoek Bastille Festival
valid for Sunday 12 July 2015, 
simply comment on the competition post below, by telling us why the Franschhoek Bastille Festival should not be missed this year!

Visit our website at for more info.


- Entries close on Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 12h00. Winners announced at 14h00
- Entrants should be older than 18 years
- The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence may be entered into
- Prizes are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash
- Flights and transport not included in prize.
- Tickets are valid for The Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee on Sunday 12 July 2015 only.