Issues to do on the Bastille Competition in Franschhoek


It’s that point of yr once more while you will be proud to be a Francophile as South Africa’s little French City of Franshoek brings out all of the stops for its annual Bastille Competition on the 15-16 July.

Bastille Franschhoek

If you’re a beginner to this annual competition, the day isn’t just a day on your associates obsessive about all issues French to relentlessly use the French phrases they learnt on Duolingo, however an action-packed day in Franschhoek.

Enjoyable truth

Bastille Day celebrates the day when a bunch of revolutionaries stormed Paris’s Bastille Jail on 14 July 1789. This motion ushered within the French Revolution.

Issues to do at Franschhoek Bastille Competition

Don a Beret

Begin rising your moustache now (in case you can), and get the beret out from the again of the cabinet. Don’t fear if it’s purple nobody will assume that you simply’re an EFF supporter on Bastille Day and the very best dressed stands the prospect of profitable a return journey to France!

To enter, look out for the Air France air hostess on the town, or she may discover you, over the course of the weekend. There are additionally nice prizes for second and third place.

Wine and extra wine

Tickets for the competition are R280 and also you get eight coupons for wines on the marquee subsequent to the city corridor. All of Franschhoek’s wine farms shall be there and eight will possible be greater than sufficient except you’re a severe wine connoisseur.

If tickets for the competition are offered out, don’t fret. All of the wine farms shall be open over the weekend and shall be serving French-inspired meals so you’ll be able to go to your favorite estates.

Village market

Image: Flickr Commons/ Franschhoek Wine Valley

In entrance of the church, Franschoek’s market shall be abuzz with native crafts and meals stands. There may even be stay music, so you might be sure to be entertained.

The occasions on the town are additionally kid-friendly, with playgrounds in chosen areas. Galleries and museums are additionally open over the weekend.

Get energetic

There are 5 path runs for each stage of health, from a ten know to a difficult 50km. The beginning and end zone shall be on the Previous Bells Lodge on the fringe of the Berg River Dam, with a lot of the path run happening across the dam. For extra data or tickets, go to the run’s web site here.

In the event you desire to seek out your individual path or to stroll at your individual tempo, make sure to go to the La Rochelle Nature Reserve close to city. If it’s chilly sufficient, you may be sufficient snow to construct a snowman on the height.


There shall be a relentless flood of leisure within the centre of city, with stay music scheduled all through the competition. While you go to the marquee on Saturday it is possible for you to to cheer on our native Franschhoek Vignerons groups who shall be competing within the annual barrel rolling competitors.

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