Bastille Day in Franschhoek
Don your beret (it's one of the few times you can) and head up to stunning Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, for two days of wine, fare and fun, à la France. The town celebrates its centuries-old Hugenot heritage at the annual Bastille Festival on the 16th and 17th of July. Quirky tributes to French culture include a farmer's market stocked with breads, cheeses, preserves and boulangerie-style pastries. There will also be fencing (yes, fencing) matches and tutorials taking place. But the Food and Wine Marquee is where you'll get serious about enjoying French culture. Franschhoek's highly acclaimed chefs will bring out a French feast, on the arm of their award-winning wines, of course. Tastings offered by select estates will ensure you keep swirling a glass. Eye-feasts include minstrel parades, a boules competition, and craft stalls. Expect live bands like accoustic guitarist Jared Coetzer (a veteran Bastille performer) as well as another one or two surprise musical acts. Bookings are R100 per day, available here. Tickets are limited and once the Marquee is full, sales will close. For more info, call 021-876-2475.