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Franschhoek Festivals 2013

his year is packed with events and festivals; there’s something for everyone, from the bookworms, to the foodies and wine-lovers too.
Franschhoek Literary Festival (17 to 19 May 2013)
Indulge your inner bookworm with exciting talks by acclaimed local and international authors.
Cook Franschhoek (14 to 16 June 2013)
An interactive festival highlighting Franschhoek’s chefs and winemakers as they cook in demonstration kitchens.
Franschhoek Bastille Festival (12 to 14 July 2013)
This is one not to be missed! Locals and visitors paint the town red, blue and white, and will be celebrating the Valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.

This year is packed with events and festivals; there’s something for everyone, from the bookworms, to the foodies and wine-lovers too. Here are some ones we’re looking forward too!

Franschhoek Literary Festival (17 to 19 May 2013)
Indulge your inner bookworm with exciting talks by acclaimed local and international authors.

Cook Franschhoek (14 to 16 June 2013)
An interactive festival highlighting Franschhoek’s chefs and winemakers as they cook in demonstration kitchens.

Franschhoek Bastille Festival (12 to 14 July 2013)
This is one not to be missed! Locals and visitors paint the town red, blue and white, and will be celebrating the Valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
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Taste of Mumbai

Taste of Mumbai
Margot Janse will be representing South Africa at the first ever Taste of Mumbai in India.
Taking place on 22 February in the South Mumbai neighbourhood of Marine Lines the Taste of Mumbai festival will be a the three-day outdoor event showcasing fine dining food stalls as well as suppliers of local, imported, and artisanal culinary products. The Mumbai format will be almost identical to that of Taste of London, just on a much smaller in scale. The organisers say they’ve chosen 12 high-end restaurants (ten from within India, two from overseas) to showcase their food at the event.
This festival first originated in London in 2004, and is now held in 15 cities across the world, including Cape Town and Joburg.
Follow Lequaf on Twitter for updates from the festival.

Margot Janse will be representing South Africa at the first ever Taste of Mumbai in India.

Taking place on 22 February in the South Mumbai neighbourhood of Marine Lines the Taste of Mumbai festival will be a the three-day outdoor event showcasing fine dining food stalls as well as suppliers of local, imported, and artisanal culinary products. The Mumbai format will be almost identical to that of Taste of London, just on a much smaller in scale. The organisers say they’ve chosen 12 high-end restaurants (ten from within India, two from overseas) to showcase their food at the event.

This festival first originated in London in 2004, and is now held in 15 cities across the world, including Cape Town and Joburg.

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Follow Lequaf on Twitter for updates from the festival.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Festival, Margot Janse, Taste of Mumbai,
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What to eat at The ‘Magic of Bubbles’

The ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique & Champagne Festival is on the weekend of 30 November - 2 December 2012.

Local Cap Classique and French Champagne producers will present their bubblies in a grand tent on the manicured lawns surrounding the Huguenot Monument. The theme this year is black and white with an emphasis on birds and bows—and the best dressed couple wins a prize!

Expect local Cap Classique from Graham Beck Wines, Krone, La Motte, Môreson, Pierre Jourdan, Simonsig, Steenberg, Villiera, and more. As well as the French stuff, such as Billecart Salmon, Tribaut and Veuve Clicquot.

And we’ll be there to feed you
At the LQF stand Margot Janse will be offering spiced pulled pork on buttermilk bun with delectable brownies for dessert; both sublime matches for bubbly. And at Bread & Wine dig into smoked salmon sosaties, with avocado, tomato & rice, followed by fabulous fudge & macaroons.

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Franschhoek Festivals

Come summertime, Franschhoek is abuzz with festivals; here’s two not to miss at the tail end of 2012:

‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique & Champagne Festival (30 November - 2 December)
Local Cap Classique, and French Champagne producers will present their bubblies in a grand tent on the manicured lawns surrounding the Huguenot Monument.
Franschhoek Art in Clay (27 October - 16 November)
Go potty at six Franschhoek galleries showcasing their contemporary ceramics

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Franschhoek Art in Clay

Go potty at this festival of ceramics - six Franschhoek galleries will be participating. It opens Saturday 27 October and ends 16 November. Here’s a sneak peak of some of the work we’ll be showing at is art.

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Chris Smart Goose Tea-pot

Annual feast of ceramics in six Franschhoek galleries

Opens Saturday 27 October – ends 16 Novemb
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Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival

Daisy: What kind of a garden do you come from?
Alice: Oh, I don’t come from any garden.
Daisy: Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?
Franschhoek is a wonderland of gardens, from the fabulously formal to the rampant and wild. The Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival on the weekend of October 26, 27, 28 opens ten of the town’s most gorgeous gardens.
Tickets are R100 per person. See the gardens below. And, while you’re at it come for a stroll through sculpture garden, absolutely free of charge.

Daisy: What kind of a garden do you come from?

Alice: Oh, I don’t come from any garden.

Daisy: Do you suppose she’s a wildflower?

Franschhoek is a Wonderland  too, with its beautiful gardens; from the fabulously formal to the rampant and wild. The Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival on the weekend of October 26, 27, 28 opens ten of the town’s most gorgeous gardens.

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And, while you’re at it come for a stroll through our sculpture garden, absolutely free of charge.

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
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Franschhoek Uncorked 2011 at Le Quartier Français

On the 3rd and 4th of September 2011 Franschhoek will usher in spring with the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival.

Wineries, throughout the Franschhoek Valley, will be putting forward their unique offerings; and everything from new Franschhoek wine releases, old award-winners, unique tastings and pairings, food markets and more will be on show.

We’re putting on our festival shoes and doing our bit for Franschhoek Uncorked!

Stay at Le Quartier Français for two nights or more,

between Friday the 2nd and Sunday the 4th of September 2011,

for only R950 per person per night (bed, breakfast and complimentary Uncorked Weekend Passports included).

But that’s not all folks … each booking comes complete with one deliciously welcoming bottle of Miss Molly wine and a 10% Friends of Le Quartier Français discount on all Môreson wines and orchids purchased in the Môreson tasting room – and at the Exotic Plant nursery – over the 2011 Franschhoek Uncorked weekend. Fab-u-lous.

To book please click here.

This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions* apply.

* This offer applies to consecutive two night, or more, stays only. Prepayment required when booking is made. Any amendments are subject to a surcharge and acknowledgement that the rate might not be available for new dates requested. No refunds. This rate excludes gratuities and tourism levy.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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Franschhoek Literary Festival 2011

The 2011 Franschhoek Literary Festival kicks off today! After looking through the author line-up this year’s festival promises to be the best yet.

What is even better, than the festival, is our fab literary offer. Spend R250 (or more) in one of our restaurants – The Tasting Room, The Common Room and Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant – over the 2010 Literary Festival and receive a R25 off Exclusive Book coupon* per person to use at the special Exclusive Books store in the Franschhoek Town Hall.
If you’re planning of spending the Literary Festival weekend in Franschhoek – and still haven’t booked your accommodation why not check into Le Quartier Français? We have limited space available so, if you’re interested, please don’t wait too long to book!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

For more information visit our website.

* Limited availability. This coupon entitles the bearer to R25 off when he or she spend R250 or more at the Exclusive Books Franschhoek store from 13 to 15 May 2011. Employees of Avusa or its agencies may not make use of this coupon. Only one coupon can be used per transaction. Photocopies will not be accepted. This coupon cannot be used in conjuction with any other Exclusive Books promotional, discount or Fanatics rewards coupon.

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The Franschhoek Bubbly Festival 2010!

This year’s festival – which runs from Friday the 3rd of December to Sunday the 5th of December – will showcase a selection of the most impressive French Champagnes and South African Cap Classiques including:

Colmant, Dieu Donné, Graham Beck Wines, Krone, Morena, Môreson, Pierre Jourdan, Simonsig, Steenberg, Topiary Wines, Villiera, Billecart Salmon, Gosset, Laurent Perrier and Tribaut.

For the Magic of Bubbles weekend only we’re offering guests our excellent R895 per person per night* rate. Included in this is a bottle of Miss Molly Bubbly – in your room to help you get into the Magic of Bubbles frame of mind – and our extra-ordinary Le Quartier Français breakfast.

You can either book your room online by clicking here or you can call us on (021) 876 2151.

P.S. The theme for this year’s festival is black and white and prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed couple each day.

The Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is the highlight of the Franschhoek festival calendar. Sponsored by Investec Private Bank this Franschhoek festival is the largest of its kind in South Africa. At the Magic of Bubbles visitors and locals are afforded the opportunity to sample a range of both local Méthode Cap Classiques and French Champagnes and the finest local cuisine.

Tickets cost R180 per person and this includes entrance to the festival, a tasting glass and a complementary booklet of tasting coupons. To purchase your tickets click here.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Experience, Festival, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, Neil Jewell,
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Beer, beer, glorious beer!

Beer is very vogue. It’s approachable, it’s relatively inexpensive and – once you’ve acquired the taste – it’s delicious.

CC attribution lupinehorror on Flickr

It’s super chic even in SA. In fact &UnionJack Black and the Neighbourhood Goods Market have joined forces to present SA’s first Craft Beer Festival. Here small, independently owned breweries will showcase their produce under the Real Beer banner.

Tres exciting if real beer, food and the personalities that accompany these two cult-crafts is your thing.

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