The Franschoek Bastille

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Paint the town red, white and blue and join in “A Celebration of Freedom” at the Franschhoek Bastille Festival in South Africa.

Bastille Day is a French National Holiday celebrated on 14th July each year to honour the uprising of the modern French “nation”. It also celebrates the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.

Every year on the weekend closest to the Bastille Day, South Africans celebrate its centuries-old French Huguenot heritage in the village of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Franschhoek, South Africa’s gourmet capital, is the fertile valley nestled between towering mountains in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Franschhoek is famously known for its warm hospitality, superb cuisine and outstanding arts and crafts. The Franschhoek Bastille festival offers unforgettable culinary, wine delights and family fun-filled entertainment.

The Bastille Food and Wine Marquee is the focal point of the festival, drawing people to the country’s finest award-winning chefs and winemakers as they parade their talents at colourful, vibrant stalls. In addition, the Franschhoek Bastille festival also offers galleries, boutiques and craft shops decorated to the nines and draped in French apparel. To further enhance the French “feel” of the valley, the Franschhoek Bastille festival celebrates the French heritage by holding traditional boules competitions as well as the Franschhoek minstrel parade, kiddies’ soccer, a barrel-rolling contest and a fun run.

Come celebrate the universal triumph of freedom at the Franschhoek Bastille festival on the weekend of July 17 and 18 2010. C’est la vie!

Tickets are R100.00 per person; the entrance fee includes access to the Food and Wine Marquee. This includes a tasting glass and a complimentary booklet with 10 tasting coupons. Alternatively, you can also purchase tickets online through

Book immediately, because the tickets are limited!