Winter is my favourite time in the Cape… so many food festivals to choose from. And this weekend the weather is no deterrent at all – with plenty on the go around the city and beyond.

These are my top picks for the weekend ahead.

Franschhoek Bastille Festival

Franschhoek, 17-18 July 2010.

Make your way to Franschhoek, South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, over the weekend of the 17th and 18th of July, where locals and visitors will be celebrating the Valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage at its annual Bastille Festival.

And 2010 will without a doubt be a year of celebrations. Taking into account that South Africa will be winding down from the hype and festivities of World Cup 2010, what better way to paint the town red, white and blue and join in ‘A Celebration of Freedom’. Not forgetting, it’s the only time of the year you’ll be forgiven for wearing a beret.


  • Food and Wine Marquee – open from 12 noon until 5pm.  The focus of the festival, where you can sample fine wines and try some inspired dishes created by the Valley’s highly acclaimed chefs (think oysters, sushi, local and French cheeses to charcuterie, hand-made chocolates, salmon trout from the area, and more).
  • Then there’s games of boules, Franschhoek minstrel parade, a barrel-rolling contest and a waiters’ race. Check out the farmers’ market and French Corner Market, and be entertained by the musicians included in the line up of festival celebrations.
  • The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français will be screening movies throughout the weekend.
  • If you haven’t had your fill, stop in at some of Franschhoek’s award-winning restaurants, who will be offering special menus exclusively prepared for the Festival.

The French Corner Market, in case (like me) you’re wondering, will be held at the Franschhoek Town Hal and features “market baskets with local produce that is home-baked and hand-made – locally grown olives and their oils, fruit preserves, lavender and herb bouquets, spiced pomanders and honey products”.

A R100.00 per person entrance fee allows you access to the Food and Wine Marquee, which includes a tasting glass and a complimentary booklet containing 5 tasting coupons. Thereafter all tastings will be charged on consumption.  Tickets available through WebTickets.

Constantia Food & Wine Market – Launch

DATE:  Saturday 17 July 2010.  9am-2pm
LOCATION:  False Bay Rugby Club on the Constantia Sports Grounds, Constantia Main Road (opposite Constantia Village).

This brand new market will feature locally produced food, created by small producers specifically chosen because of their focus on “taste, variety and personal attention”.

On offer will be artisan breads, handmade cheeses, gourmet pastries, fresh and smoked fish, ‘decadent sweets and confectionery’, German and Dutch products, charcuterie, fresh juices, pure smoothies and many more taste tempting treats.  There’s a special area for kids, and plenty of parking.  (read more)

Fresh Etc Market

DATE:  Sunday 18 July 2010.  9am-2pm  (3rd Sunday of every month)
LOCATION:  Kalk Bay Community Centre, 26 Main Road, Kalk Bay (Opp. Dalebrook Beach)

Small food, fresh goods and lifestyle market overlooking False Bay (are the whales here yet?). No matter what the weather, you’ll find food and fresh goods, preserves and treats, farm produce, natural and organic, eco-friendly products and more. Gerald the Bee Whisperer is usually there too, with his Splendiferous Honey.

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Kirstenbosch Winter Concerts – CLAIRE PHILLIPS

Sunday 18 July 2010.  The Silver Tree Restaurant, Kirstenbosch NBG.

Winter has certainly arrived with a vengeance, and one way to soothe away the cares of an icy week is perhaps to cosy up to a roaring fire, listening to good local music and savouring a glass of red wine.  Every Sunday evening, the Silver Tree Restaurant at Kirstenbosch hosts some of our country’s talented artists, and this week’s performer is SAMA Award Winner Claire Phillips.

Ticket price R100 per person. Prices include a Welcome drink and a starter. For bookings please call 021 762 9585, or email:

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