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Franschhoek Literary Festival

WHERE: Franschhoek

WHEN: 13-15 May 2016

HOW: Call +27 (0)21 876-3603.

For three days Franschhoek will become a bustling get-together of readers, writers, booksellers and publishers. Visit the Polemics and Politics themed Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Alexander McCall Smith, Anthony Horowitz, Antony Beevor, Kate Mosse, A D (Andrew) Miller, Paul Geraghty, Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali, Marguerite Poland, Redi Thlabi, historians Bill Nasson and Randolph Vigne, poet and novelist Finuala Dowling, Fred de Vries, Jo-Anne Richards, Anchien Troskie, Sydda Essop, Nini Bairnsfather Cloete, Claire Robertson, Christopher Hope, Jane Raphaely, Tony Leon, Chris Mann, Ndumiso Ngcobo and the regular lineup of proficient chairpeople, including Michele Magwood, Justice Malala, Jenny Crwys-Williams, John Maytham, Mike Wills and more. The visiting authors have been selected for their exceptional writing, their approachability and their passion for promoting reading.

In the week leading up to the festival youngsters can take part in the first ‘Book Week for Young Readers’ where they can listen to some of the 46 children’s authors participating in reading and telling their stories.

Tickets for all events, including classical concerts and restaurant events, are available from the Franschhoek Wine Valley & Tourist Association.

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Franschhoek Bastille Festival

WHERE: Franschhoek

WHEN: 16-17 July 2016

HOW: Call +27 (0)21 876-2861

Franschhoek, South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, will once again celebrate its centuries-old French Huguenot heritage with a wonderful feast of food, wine and entertainment at its annual Bastille Festival.

With lots to see, do and enjoy for the whole family, make a memorable weekend of your visit and take advantage of the special Bastille packages offered by a plethora of hotels and guest houses, many of which include a complimentary bottle of Franschhoek wine. The theme of heavenly cuisine and fine wines is the order of the day and threaded throughout the Festival. Enjoy this gastronomic affair in style, as chefs and winemakers showcase Franschhoek’s crème de la crème. Award-winning restaurants are composing special menus exclusive to Bastille.

The Bastille Food and Wine Marquee is the focal point, drawing people to the hub of activity and fervour, as well-loved wineries and esteemed chefs parade their talents at colourful, vibrant stalls, offering delicious fare from: oysters, sushi, local and French cheeses to charcuterie, hand-made chocolates and salmon trout from the valley, complemented by Franschhoek’s fine wines.

However, culinary indulgence is far from all this annual celebration has to offer. Frequent all the galleries, boutiques, crafts shops and food emporiums, dressed up to the nines and draped in French apparel. Amble along the charming aisles and weave in and out of the alcoves, delighting your senses.

Come along and paint the town red and blue, with entertainment ranging from a French Film Festival at Le Quartier’s Screening Room, to boules, a chefs and waiters race, street soccer, a barrel-rolling contest and fly-fishing competitions. Guests can jive to the tunes of musicians while shopping up a storm at the market stalls and drinking in the wine, food and atmosphere. While a wide variety of children’s activities promise to keep your little ones amused for hours.

So, with something for everyone, come celebrate this universal, colourful appreciation of French heritage, history and culture. C’est la vie!

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