Events in the Western Cape – July 2011

Franschhoek Bastille Festival: This event is held in Franschhoek in the Western Cape on the 16th and 17th of July 2011. South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, will once again celebrate its centuries-old French Huguenot heritage with a wonderful feast of food, wine and entertainment at its annual Bastille Festival. There will be lots to see, do and enjoy for the whole family. Make a memorable weekend of your visit and take advantage of the special Bastille packages offered by a plethora of hotels and guest houses (many of which include a complimentary bottle of Franschhoek wine). The theme of heavenly cuisine and fine wines is the order of the day and threaded throughout the Festival. Enjoy this gastronomic affair in style, as chefs and winemakers showcase Franschhoek’s crème de la crème. Award-winning restaurants are composing special menus exclusive to Bastille. The Bastille Food and Wine Marquee is the focal point, drawing people to the hub of activity and fervour, as well-loved wineries and esteemed chefs parade their talents at colourful, vibrant stalls, offering delicious fare from: oysters, sushi, local and French cheeses to charcuterie, hand-made chocolates and salmon trout from the valley, complemented by Franschhoek’s fine wines. There will be plenty of opportunities to paint the town red and blue with a variety of entertainment ranging from a French Film Festival at Le Quartier’s Screening Room, to boules, a chefs and waiters race, street soccer, a barrel-rolling contest and fly-fishing competitions. Guests can jive to the tunes of musicians while shopping up a storm at the market stalls and drinking in the wine, food and atmosphere. While a wide variety of children’s activities promise to keep your little ones amused for hours. For more information visit

Breedekloof Soetes & Soup: This event is held in Rawsonville in the Western Cape on the 22nd to the 23rd of July 2011. Multi-talented performer Chris Chameleon, Ivan Zimmerman, Klopjag and Dana Snyman will star at the annual Breedekloof Soetes & Soup weekend this year. The event is hosted by the various wineries in the Breedekloof region and also features hearty homemade country soups, accommodation specials, art exhibitions and discounts on medal-winning red wine, Muscadel and Port. Chris Chameleon Under the Tanks at Waboomsrivier Wine Cellar is hosted in conjunction with Seven Oaks wines and will take place at 6.30pm on Saturday July 23 and tickets cost R150 per person. Ivan Zimmerman will be at Jason’s Hill Private Cellar on the Friday night, while Klopjag and Dana Snyman will perform at Opstal Live at Opstal Estate. There will be plenty of other entertainment during this fun-filled weekend, and visitors can buy a Breedekloof Soetes & Soup enamel mug for R10 at their first winery and use it to enjoy complimentary cups of homemade country soup and discounts on red and fortified wines at each of the participating wineries. The Breedekloof, which is only 90km from Cape Town, includes Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini, and Breede River areas. The diverse range of accommodation venues, including B&Bs, self-catering chalets, camping and caravan facilities, have a Soetes & Soup weekend special where you pay for two nights and get the third night free. For more info phone Breedekloof Tourism on 023 3491791.

If you are looking to attend an upcoming event, you might also want to check out the Event Tickets category on the Junk Mail website.

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