Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. Formally called La Fête Nationale, it commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789 in Paris.

A Bastille Day Festival is always celebrated in Franschhoek, the Cape’s very own French outpost, on the weekend of 12-13 July. This year will be extra special as the Franschhoek Bastille Festival turns 21! It’s a wonderful excuse to head out to the winelands to soak up the French ambience and do some wine tasting. Locals and visitors to the Franschhoek valley will be celebrating centuries-old French Huguenot heritage with a typical red, white and blue theme, indulgent food matched to local wines in the food marquee, and plenty of entertainment and fun.

Franschhoek’s highly acclaimed chefs, including Margot Janse from Le Quarter Francais, will be offering delicious French-themed dishes while live music will liven things up along with sporting fun such as traditional Barrel Rolling and Boules competitions. There will be a farmers’ market, craft stalls, children’s activities, and minstrel’s parade too.

Tickets can be purchased through and are R200 per person for the 21st Birthday Celebration on Saturday and R180 person for Sunday which gives you access to the Food and Wine Marquee

All ticket prices include a complimentary tasting glass, a R20 voucher for purchase of a bottle of wine in the marquee as well as a booklet of tasting coupons. Additional coupons can be purchased on the day. Do note that booking are essential and that once the marquee is full no more visitors will be admitted. So get you tickets and arrive early to enjoy the day’s festivities

For more information visit or contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on  021 876 2861. For regular updates follow @Franschhoek_SA.

Blog post by Jane Broughton

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