The Franschhoek Bastille Festival is back this weekend for it’s 2017 edition and has a lot on offer for a weekend of pure entertainment, great food and an amazing experience. Here’s what you need to do at this years Franschhoek Bastille Festival.

Eat and drink!

Festivalgoers are invited to visit the Food & Wine Marquee during the weekend of the 15th and 16th of July. The marquee will keep you cosy while still allowing you to enjoy the picturesque views of the mountain, while sampling the exquisite Franschhoek wines on offer. Delectable gourmet foods from some of Franschhoek’s best eateries will be available to purchase too. Tickets to the Food & Wine Marquee cost R280 per person and include your entry, a complimentary tasting glass and a booklet of five wine tasting coupons. Grab your ticket here!

Get active!

The Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run challenges you to take on the snow-covered Franschhoek Mountains for the wilderness adventure of a lifetime. The event sells out every year, being a favourite with scenic rivers and forest tracks. Join the festivities in the Main Street to celebrate after your run with some great food, wine and festivities. The trail run is not for the faint of heart or beginners – so make sure you’ve got what it takes to tackle this fitness challenge. Entry prices range from R325 – R895, depending on distance chosen. Enter here!

Team up!

The Barrel Rolling Contest.
The Barrel Rolling Contest.

Watch the famous Barrel Rolling Competition where the employes from various Franschhoek wine estates roll it out to secure the winning title. Another fun festival activity is the SPCA’s biggest and longest running boules competition – and anyone can enter! Try your hand at the French game and show any and every boule-player who’s boss.

Make a weekend of it!

The fun doesn’t end when the festival does. Book into one of the town’s homely and luxurious B&B’s or guest houses and enjoy your stay in Franschhoek, so you can keep exploring and experiencing all Franschhoek has to offer, even when the Food & Wine Marquee closes it’s doors. Uncover boutiques and hidden gems through a leisurely stroll down the main road, with a relaxing weekend away in the wine town. Find out more about Franschhoek accommodation here!

Photography Franschhoek Bastille Festival 

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Nikki Louw

Nikki Louw is an avid food eater and wine drinker with a passion for writing about it too. She's a creative by heart, with a love for visual arts and feature writing, which she applies everyday in covering culture, art and food and drink pieces. She also enjoys writing trending news pieces and exploring topics such as gender issues and social consciousness. Outside of the Journalism realm, Nikki tries her hand at painting and drawing. She has a collection of unfinished canvases and completed oil paintings alike, stacking up in the corner of her bedroom.