Experience Wine, Culture & Unforgettable Fun at Franschhoek Bastille 2024

Franschhoek Bastille

The Franschhoek Bastille Festival, scheduled for 13 – 14 July 2024, promises a weekend filled with the allure of French culture in the heart of South Africa’s celebrated Franschhoek Wine Valley. Hosted at the Franschhoek High School grounds, this year features an exciting venue change to accommodate the expected crowds comfortably.

Celebrating the spirit of Bastille Day, the festival is famed for blending Franschhoek’s culinary excellence and viticultural finesse. Guests will enjoy an exquisite selection of wines from top local producers, including Boschendal Wines, Grande Provence Wines, Haute Cabrière, Leopard’s Leap Wine Estate, Allée Bleue, and La Motte Wine Estate, among others. The iconic Bastille marquee will house wine tastings, while food enthusiasts can explore an array of local fare at various food stalls throughout the venue. A vintage car display along Church Street will add a historical flavour to the festivities.

Franschhoek Bastille

The festival doesn’t just stop at gustatory pleasures; it also includes a range of entertainment options. Live music and performances will create a vibrant atmosphere, perfect for enjoying the winter in the Winelands. Additionally, attendees can participate in a “Best Dressed” contest, donning their finest outfits inspired by the French tricolor of blue, white, and red.

Beyond the vibrant wine tastings and gourmet food stalls, the festival offers a variety of unique events. Sports enthusiasts can look forward to a special screening of the South Africa vs Ireland rugby match at local pubs. Meanwhile, participants with a competitive spirit can engage in the Bastille Boules Tournament, and car enthusiasts will be intrigued by the INEOS Grenadier presentation.

Moreover, the festival’s programming extends beyond the marquee, with the village of Franschhoek transforming into a festive hub. The Franschhoek Village Market, street entertainment, and local restaurants will enhance the gastronomic aspect by offering special menus inspired by French cuisine. These village festivities add to the overall charm and appeal of the event, making it a comprehensive cultural experience.

As the festival is a high-demand event, prospective attendees are encouraged to book their tickets in advance to ensure they do not miss out on this quintessentially French celebration in the Cape Winelands.

For more information visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za