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b2ap3_thumbnail_Franschhoek-Bastille-Festival_HR-11.jpgLess than a month before the 2015 Bastille Fest fills Franschhoek's cellars, restaurants and open spaces with irresistible offers of wine and artisanal fare. The dates to diarise are July 11 and 12, when the town presents a choice of three venues for festival fun. The first is the Bastille Market at BICCCS where entry is free and a feast of homemade goodies will be on sale, including chocolates and honey, cheese and breads and produce. the second is the Festival food &  wine in the Town Hall, where entry costs R120 which gives you glass and tasting coupons and a R20 wine voucher. Children go in free and will find plenty of entertainment. Wines are waiting to be tasted and gourmet fare will be on sale.

The third venue is the Festival Food & Wine Marquee at the Huguenot Monument, where the top local restaurants presented gastronomic fare and Seychellois chef Marcu Freminot will serve Creole cuisine.


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.

Other activitiesi nclude the Boules Tournament and the Barrel rolling competition.

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

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 visit or follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA.


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What nicer than aromas of quality loaves baking,  wafting through an inviting deli and bakery on one of the most beautiful old farms in the winelands? If you haven't visited Boschendal recently, you are in for a few pleasant surprises as much has happened in the way of development, restoration and new attractions at this historic Drakenstein destination.

Now Executive chef Christian Campbell is presenting a bread-making workshop  weekend where students will get stuck in after lunch on Saturday with quick and easy breads, enjoy wine tasting and dinner before heading to their luxuriously equipped cottage overnight. After Sunday morning breakfast a second baking session will see visitors tackle more sophisticated breads, before finishing with Sunday lunch and heading home with a laden goody bag.

The inclusive cost of the weekend is R1 172 a head sharing or R1 660 single.

Reservations are essential at or +27 21 870-4274

Later in the year, Boschendal is planning a pasta- and ice cream making workshop, with a provisional date set for the weekend of 12 and 13 September.

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Not an easy choice with two tempting events on the same Saturday!

Saturday July 25 is the date to diarise. What could be more tempting than a day at Muratie’s Mini Port Festival as winter reaches its peak? On the other hand, it may turn out to be one of those gorgeous Boland blue-sky sunny winter days. Either way, the Cape’s top port producers will be pouring their fortified wares, while food stalls will offer fare suitable for filling the gaps, and – by way of dessert – von Geusau will tempt with delicious hand-crafted chocolates.

The fun starts at 10,30am, tickets, which include a glass, cost R100, and advance booking is recommended. Telephone: (021) 8652330 or Email:


The second Ultra Mussels Wine Tournament will be hosted on Saturday 25 July 2015 from midday until 4pm. Constantia and Cape Point will team up and challenge Elgin and Bot River in a regional friendly tournament, presenting wines from the oldest and two of the newest Cape wine regions. Mark Norrish of Ultra Liquors invited the following estates to take part: Groot Constantia, Constantia Glen, Constantia Uitsig, Beau Constantia, Buitenverwachting, Steenberg Vineyards and Cape Point. From the highland region will be Catherine Marshall, Shannon Vineyards, Paul Cluver, Iona Wines, Oak Valley, Almenkerk and Luddite Wines.

The venue is the Den Anker restaurant in the Waterfront. Tickets cost R190, and for this you will get 1kg fresh mussels, wineglass and tastings. Limited to 200 guests, tickets are obtainable through Webtickets. The event takes place from 12 noon until 4pm.

For more information please contact: Luke Krone 0823549007


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Starting on June 1, Den Anker Belgian restaurant is tempting diners with varied special offers, one for every day of the week, and continuing until the end of July.

Moules Mondays means a kg of mussels and frites (R100), Trappist Tuesdays sees diners get a cheese platter with every Trappist beer ordered and Wednesdays are meant for those watching their weight, as low-carb or Banting meals are offered for R90 including a glass of wine. Belgian draught beers come under the spotlight on Thirsty Thursdays where a range can be tried for R60, and on Fishy Fridays, diners can indulge in fish and frites plus a white beer for R90.

Den Anker goes Spanish on Saturdays with three tapas treats for R120 and on Sunday under-10s eat for free with each adult meal ordered.

Booking is always advisable on 021-419-0249. Follow @Den_Anker. .

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Visitors to Boschendal farm can dine well at four of the estate's  culinary venues for the same basic price from Monday to Thursday evenings from this week. At each there will be a main course presented in place of the usual menus: Enjoy pasta ad the Deli on Mondays, pizza at the Bakery on Tuesdays and a filling winter casserole in the striking new Werf restaurant on Wednesdays. On Thursday evenings diners will savour a heritage dish in the historic Manor House kitchen, now open to the public for specific occasions.

This tempting choice of options is the brainchild of executive chef  Christiaan Campbell,and the price for all the main courses is R95 excluding drinks and service fees. All of them will illustrate Campbells commitment to sustainably produced fare from farm and garden, that is seasonal and ethically produced.


On Friday and Saturday nights The Werf Restaurant presents its fine a-la-carte menu. Guests staying  on the farm get preferential treatment when booking, but all others are welcome, depending on availability.

Reserve your table at or +27[0] 21 870-4274


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