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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.

Chris Smart

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Chris Smart Goose Tea-pot

Annual feast of ceramics in six Franschhoek galleries

Opens Saturday 27 October – ends 16 Novemb
Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Art, Festival, Franschhoek, Franschhoek Art in Clay,
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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
Posted in: Festival, Franschhoek,
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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
Posted in: Festival, Franschhoek,
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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.

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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.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Festival, Trends,
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Franschhoek Uncorked 2010

This coming weekend – on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of September 2010, from 10am to 5pm – we welcome spring back into our lives at the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival.

A R80.00 Franschhoek Uncorked passport buys you access to the fun, including a free tasting at participating farms. Passports can be purchased online or at any of the participating wine farms (including Môreson).

Book into Le Quartier Français and make a weekend out of Uncorked. From Friday the 3rd of September to Sunday the 5th of September you can stay at Le Quartier Français for R895 per person per night*.

*Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Festival, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, Neil Jewell,
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Margot cooking in Brazil

Margot Janse will be cooking, in Brazil, at the Festival Cultura e Gastronomia Tiradentes.

This nine-day feast, now in its 13th year, sees visitors and chefs from around the world descend on Tiradentes.

This year female chefs take the spotlight with appearances being made by prominent Brazilian culinary heroines Helena Rizzo and Bel Coelho; as well as Michelin-starred European chefs Angela Hartnett , Adeline Grattard and Pepa Romans; and, of course, our very own Margot Janse.

For more information about the Festival Cultura e Gastronomia Tiradentes click here.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Festival, Margot Janse, Travel,
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A Few 2010 Franschhoek Bastille Festival Pictures

We had such a wonderful time at the 2010 Franschhoek Bastille Festival, last weekend, that we thought we’d share some of the fun with those who couldn’t attended.

The Chef and The General Manager having a fabulous time setting the Le Quartier Français and Bread & Wine stands.

Archie, ever the educator, taking some time out to explain to the Môreson team where Mademoiselle Lamb Burgers come from.

The Saturday crowd. It was like this from 12:00 – 18:00. Madness!

Judging by the crowds, and the reports we’ve already received, Bastille is a festival that is going from strength to strength. Well done to everyone who took part and big thank you to the FWVTA – and in particular Darielle – for your excellent organisation.



  

2010 Bastille Festival in Franschhoek

It’s almost time for the 2010 Bastille Festival and this year’s festival promises to be everything last year’s was and more. Taking place, in Franschhoek, on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of July 2010 the Bastille Festival is definitely one of the highlights of the Franschhoek Festival Calendar.

Le Quartier Français, Bread & Wine and Môreson will all be in attendance and they’ll have the following delicious dishes and wines on offer.

Le Quartier Français
Mademoiselle Lamb Burger Junior (she last made an appearance at the 2009 MCC Festival)
Brownies
Donuts.

Bread & Wine

Flatbread with a delicious topping (always excellent and a Franschhoek Festival favourite)
Gourmet Hotdog
Filled Focaccias
Tina’s Fudge.

Môreson

They will be showcasing their Miss Molly range of wines – including the new Miss Molly Bubbly – which means that a percentage of each bottle sold will be donated to the South African Guide Dog Association for the Blind.



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