The Franschhoek Bastille Festival kicks off this weekend for two days of full-on feasting. Naturally, we’ll be camped out at the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Food & Wine Marquee, where some of our favourite wine producers will be popping corks. Warning: once the venues are full no more tickets will be sold, so rather pre-book here asap.
Franschhoek, is of course, known as a mega foodie destination all year round. It has dozens of top quality restaurants to choose from, and since you’ll be there, why don’t you try to pin down a last-minute booking? Here are three of our favourite Franschhoek eating spots:
#1 For an authentic experience: Fyndraai
You’ll find this little gem on the Solms-Delta Wine Estate. Here, traditional Cape cuisine is given a modern twist (bobotie springrolls anyone?). There’s no frou frou French cuisine – it’s unashamedly boerekos steeped with Malay influences, and dreamed up by chef Shaun Schoeman. It’s a fascinating spot to hang out at too – the on-site museum celebrates all our “South Africaness”, you can book wine farm tours and there are currently archeological digs happening on the estate.
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To book: email email@example.com or phone 021 874 3937 ext 142
#2 For the best setting: La Petite Ferme
While Capetonians consider a meal at this restaurant a food pilgrimage, it’s also won our hearts for the beautiful site it calls home. You don’t get more “Franschhoek” than this. Think rustic, contemporary cuisine such as one of the best oak smoked trouts in the valley. Check out the full menu here.
To book: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 876 3016
#3 For pure opulence: Pierneef à La Motte
You’ll find some really interpretations of local fare here (Cape bokkom salad – a dried fish delicacy), to mouthwatering French cuisine (compressed duck-and-pistachio sausage). Check out the menu here. Another reason we love them? Pairing the delectable dishes with wines that complement them perfectly has become an art form here.
To book: email email@example.com or phone 021 876 8800
The Franschhoek Bastille Festival Details:
Date: 11 & 12 July 2015: 12pm to 5pm
Venue: Franschhoek Huguenot Monument grounds
Cost: R200 per person per day (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).