Every July, Franschhoek plays host to the famous Bastille Festival. In a tribute to the town’s French heritage, thousands flock from all areas of the Western Cape to attend the two day event, which includes culinary and viticultural delights. Now in its 22nd year, the festival has amassed quite an impressive following and has been awarded several accolades, including recognition as one of the best tourism related events by the Cape Winelands District Municipality. Let’s take a look at some of the festival’s promised highlights for this year.
Health and fitness
There is one main event aimed at health and fitness enthusiasts and their supporters. On the Saturday of the festival, the Saloman Trail Run will be held, and participants can choose whether they want to run 50, 35, 25 or 15 kilometres. The run is set to start at 7.20am and end by noon. Entries sold out last year, so be sure to get yours in soon.
Because Franschhoek’s roots are set firmly in French culture, the Bastille Festival also includes forms of entertainment that have long been associated with the French. So if you’re attending the festival, you can look forward to a few games of boules with your friends. It’s a great way to try something new and emerse yourself in a different world. Furthermore, the famous Porcupine Ridge Barrell Rolling Competition is one of the most loved events – and for good reason. Make sure you get a piece of the action.
Go all out
Of course, what would the Bastille Festival be without a few berets here and there? Festival goers are known to go all out and dress up in their finest red, white and blue gear, all finished off with a delicately positioned beret. It’s such a fantastic excuse to dress up, and if you’re feeling really fancy, you and your group of friends can even charter one of NAC’s Helicopters to get you to the picturesque little town – talk about arriving in style!
Food and wine
Franschhoek is known for its fantastic array of delis, wineries and gourmet restaurants. What better way to display this than at the Bastille Festival? Sample some of the best foods and wines South Africa has to ofter at the farmers markets, as well as the famous marquee, both of which attract the biggest crowds each year.
Tickets to this year’s Bastille Festival are available from Webtickets at a cost of R200 each. This includes a coupon booklet, a complementary tasting glass and a R20 voucher to use towards any wine purchases – it’s tres magnifique.