Join us for the countdown to the Franschhoek Bastille Festival...

1 to 11 July 2020


Franschhoek’s Bastille Festival is still on the cards, but instead of the traditional format, the festival will be coming to you. A first-of-its-kind for Franschhoek, the organisers have called on the support of its members to showcase the valley through the lens of locals. Your virtual journey through Franschhoek starts on 1 July as we showcase to you some of the region’s finest offerings. Each day until 10 July you get to ‘encounter’ something new. Experience Franschhoek as locals do – foraging for mushrooms, horse riding amongst the vineyards, a sunrise sabrage, art and sipping superb wines are just some of the highlights you can expect to see.  

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You don’t want to miss out on the countdown days as we’ve lined up amazing offers which will only be revealed on the relevant day. These include wine, restaurant, accommodation and retail offers only available for this event. 


The countdown culminates with Saturday, 11 July which would have been the day for the actual festival. In typical Franschhoek style you can expect a day filled with wine, food and all things Bastille inspired. The programme for the day is as follows:


12pm      :    Keeping it French and Franschhoek inspired with Topiary Wines.


12:30pm :    Mixing it up with Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards’ wine cocktails. 


1pm        :    Lunch in Franschhoek - Join us for a live cook along with Chef Nic van Wyk as he  prepares a delicious Creamy Pea and Bacon Soup. Haute Cabriere Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim will pair this dish with their Chardonnay Pinot Noir Special Release. Download the recipe here, get your ingredients ready and join us for a fun lunch. To view our live cooking demo, please visit our Facebook page at 1pm


2pm        :    Taking things up a notch with Black Elephant Vintner’s Music & Wine Pairing.


3pm        :    Let’s get the party started with Newton & Co for a live music concert. Join us for a relaxed afternoon as we stream live from the beautiful Mountain View venue at Franschhoek Cellar. To join us live, please visit our Facebook page at 3pm

With the relaxation of Level 3 regulations, and weather permitting, a drive out to Franschhoek on the 11th would be the pièce de résistance in celebrating what has become our new normal. As a safe and trusted destination, a visit to Franschhoek would certainly be a highlight. Dress up in your red, white and blue and keep things French.


For those viewing from the comfort of their homes there is an opportunity for you to win 12 bottles of wines from the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Simply post a picture of you in your red, white and blue outfit, publish to your social media platforms and tag Franschhoek Wine Valley to stand the chance of winning this awesome prize. 


In case you have missed our latest blog posts, view them all below. They each showcase the video of the day, the day's special voucher deals, a bit of French and more...