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Franschhoek Mystery Weekends

Need some mystery and romance in your life? Then the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are just for you. Plus, things are being changed up from previous experiences. This year’s mystery weekends will be themed!

This means that each Mystery Weekend will be suited around something uniquely Franschhoek; with wine and food as the inspiration.

Taking place over the weekend of 29 and 30 May, think: relaxation, delectable food and world-class wines. For just R3 500 per couple (self-drive), for the whole weekend, you’ll experience the best our little village has to offer.


How the Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Works:

We - Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek experiences and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you. How awesome!

Your Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:
Two nights’ accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
A Friday night get together, which starts at 18h00, so please don’t be late!
A breakfast (for two people) to enjoy at two different establishments;
A relaxed lunch for two on Saturday;
Wine and food pairing on Satuday evening (for two people) at one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine dining establishments;
A surprise Franschhoek experiences to be enjoyed during your stay;

Don’t miss out and book your Franschhoek Mystery Weekend today! Bookings close on Monday, 18 May.

For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on office@franschhoek.org.za.

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Two-day charcuterie course with Bread & Wine

Venue: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Môreson Farm, Franschhoek.

Cost: R5000 per person

Jewell & Co—headed by Charcutier Neil Jewell—will host a two-day charcuterie course where you’ll literally learn the whole hog, courtesy of South Africa’s Charcuterie King. Participants will also enjoy a delicious three-course lunch at Bread & Wine, paired with Môreson Wine.

The intimate, exclusive workshops cover the making of savoury French-style sausage, cooked and air-dried hams, blood sausage and more. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear Neil’s stories, ask him questions, and watch him demonstrate various butchering techniques.

Space is limited to just 12 participants, per course, so early bookings are essential! To book please contact Tina Jewell on 021 876 4004 or email breadandwine@moreson.co.za

charcuterie course

Jewell & Co’s artisan charcuterie is available at: The Miss Molly Charcuterie Bar, through Garden Route Goodies, The Organic Emporium and various other outlets.

Neil’s Charcuterie Programme:

Day 1
Registration and coffee 09h30
Lesson: Breaking down of the pig carcass by Neil
Tea break
Lesson: Neil introduces and discusses the nuances of dry curing, brining and more
Lunch and a tasting of award-winning wines from Môreson
Lesson: Neil demonstrates how to create blood sausage, mortedella and saussison sec, with appropriate tastings
Practical: participants create their own fresh sausages.

Day 2
Coffee 09h30
Lesson: Neil introduces and discusses rilette, confit and base ingredients
Discussion: Opportunity to raise any questions regarding the art of charcuterie that have not yet been covered
Lesson: Neil demonstrates how to build an indoor smoker and experiments with mushroom, cheese, pepper or tomato. Participants go on a guided tour of Neils’ smokers, discuss wood chips, Hot vs cold smokers and more
Tea break
Practical: Tasting of meats, from the maturing room, with Neil

Neil’s Charcuterie Programme includes the following: Recipes for all the sausages, hams and other charcuterie produced and a Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant apron.

Workshop dates for 2015
28th & 29th May

25th & 26th June

6th & 7th August

20th & 21st August

10th & 11th September

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Our recipe for Le Quartier Français

This year, 2015, we’re celebrating 25 years of #LQFlove. How do we do it? We have a very special recipe that makes Le Quartier Français the heartbeat of Franschhoek…

lqf 25 years

Equipment and utensils
an exquisite setting
nine luxury auberge rooms
three grande rooms and
three petite garden suites
four quarters
one, world famous, tasting room restaurant
a culinary concierge
the screening room,
b.gorgeous and
one living room and a
teeny weeny bit of delicious

Sift together a tablespoon of passion, 150g of bliss and a dusting of romantic candlelight. Shower this with one garden of flowers and a cup of sincere smiles. Crack open the magic, remembering to separate the charm from the cheekiness. Scatter the charm over the rest of the mixture. Add a dash of Méthode Cap Classique from the surrounding winelands and stir gently until all the ingredients are well-combined. Whisk up the cheekiness only stopping once soft peaks have formed. Fold this into the rest of the ingredients, sprinkle with innocence, and when the moment grabs you, throw a pinch of wishes over your left shoulder.

Serving suggestion
Serve on a plate of out-of-this-world personal service and attention to detail, garnish with an unlimited supply of love and a fresh sprig of soul.

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Bread-making in the Winelands at Bread & Wine

A good baker will rise to the occasion, it’s the yeast he can do. So, learn from the best baker in town, Tina Jewell!


A bread-making experience at Bread & Wine restaurant on Môreson wine farm


Start at 09h30 sharp
On arrival you will receive your very own apron, recipe book and ingredients
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 4 different types of dough – focaccia, soda bread, sour dough and olive oil brown
We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads
More wine to be had

To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or breadandwine@moreson.co.za

Maximum group size 10 people,

Cost per person R795.00 (excludes drinks)

Forthcoming dates::
25th April; 2nd, 16th & 30th May; 6th June

Plus: Tina’s top ten bread-making secrets.

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The Franschhoek Wedding Showcase

Tying the knot soon? Love weddings? Then you won’t want to miss at the inaugural Franschhoek Wedding Showcase on 18 April 2015 at Le Franschhoek Hotel.

Our #LQFfamily will be there showcasing Bread&Wine on Môreson as a venue: where the food, wine and setting combine for an unforgettable wedding. An intimate venue that lends itself to a fairy-tale…

Additionally see some of our wedding accessories, ideas and more from B.gorgeous.  We be running a competition on the day, so leave your business cards with us to enter the lucky draw and you could win Miss Molly Bubbly along with vouchers for B.Gorgeous!

There will also be Miss Molly Bubbly available for tasting on a complimentary basis.

The showcase will be open between 10am and 5pm and costs R80 per person entrance fee. Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za or on the day at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa.

And… win tickets to the Franschhoek Wedding Showcase! Enter online here. Entries close Thursday 9 April 2015

LQF Wedding Canvas (1)

Plus: Adding an extra dash of excitement to the day will be the team from The Pretty Blog who will be presenting two mini workshops. Entitled ‘I’m engaged what now?’ these workshops will be the lifeline for all brides-to-be offering invaluable advise on organising your perfect dream wedding. Workshop 1: 10:00 – 12:30 Workshop 2: 13:30 – 16:00 *Both workshops will be exactly the same, including tips and Q&A about wedding planning. Cost: R 120 per person (includes entrance to the Franschhoek Wedding Showcase) Pre-book tickets online at www.webtickets.co.za

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Mind, Food and Wine Weekend

Join us for a weekend of mind, food and wine this June.

In conjunction with Open Mind we’ll be hosting a special, one-of-a-kind experience that will aim to ‘exercise the brain’ while inspiring—and relaxing—you with food, wine, and luxurious accommodation.

Open Mind is an educational centre, based in Cape Town, which offers short courses for people who enjoy learning and want to enhance their general knowledge, without the stress of exams or homework. The courses are open to anyone who is interested in expanding their worldview and exploring fascinating topics through talks by professional experts.

The weekend will help to raise funds and support our ‘Isabelo – Sharing is Caring’ feeding scheme. Watch the video to learn more about the initiative.

Relaxing accommodation

Relaxing accommodation

The best breakfast in town

The best breakfast in town

The programme:

Friday, 26 June 2015
13:00: Check in
18:00-19:30: Talk by Jonathan Grieve
19:30: Tapas-style dinner in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français

Saturday, 27 June 2015
8:00-10:00: Full breakfast in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français
10:30 – 12:00: Talk by Prof Kevin Thomas ‘Our Memory’
17:00-18:30 – Talk by Braam Malherbe – ‘The Power of the Mind’

Sunday, 28 June 2015
8:00-10:00: Full breakfast in The Living Room at Le Quartier Français
10:30-12:00: Talk by Prof Nola Dippenaar – ‘Highlights of Human Metabolism’
13:00 – Check out

The rates that will be honoured for the weekend are R 3900 per person (Friday & Saturday night). This is inclusive of the following: Accommodation at Le Quartier Francais; A tapas style dinner on the Friday night in The Living Room at Le Quartier Francais; Full breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday morning in The Living Room at Le Quartier Francais; 4 lectures.

Excluded would be meals not mentioned above, sundries, gratuities and any extras. Room allocation would be at the discretion of the management team.

For more info, or to book your spot, please email: jean@lqf.co.za

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Franschhoek receives the Service Excellence Award

In an awards ceremony held on 18 March at the Golden Valley Casino in Worcester, the Franschhoek Wine Valley was presented the Service Excellence Award at the Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards.

The prestigious Service Excellence Award is bestowed upon a tourism business that best promotes the tourism industry of the specific town in its respective geographical area, providing visitors with the best local experience possible. Criteria also include a proven track record, as well as projects and campaigns that increase tourism visitation and revenue. Nominees are expected to demonstrate a comprehensive approach in delivering a world-class product and service.

The Best Tourism-Related Event Award was presented to the ATKV-Oesfees at Solms-Delta, which stood out amongst the rest as a business entity hosting a special event, festival or other activity that attracts large crowds of visitors into the Cape Winelands.

In addition La Motte was presented with the Wine Tourism Destination of the Year Award. This award is bestowed upon a wine estate or distillery which offers a unique tourism experience.


‘We are humbled and honoured to receive the Service Excellence Award, and as a team who works hard at delivering on the criteria, we continue to keep Franschhoek and its offerings top of mind’, comments Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO Jenny Prinsloo. ‘We value the Cape Winelands Mayoral Award Programme, and would like to thank the Executive Mayor and the Cape Winelands District Municipality team for their continued support.’

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More reasons to visit Franschhoek

Our beautiful valley, Franschhoek, has long been lauded as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa for its world-class restaurants and wineries. Discover unique local ingredients in seasonal dishes created by our region’s top chefs at: The Tasting Room, The Living Room, Bread & Wine, Foliage, La Motte and so on.

But there’s so much more: Franschhoek is a hub of culture with a jam-packed programme of festivals throughout the year, museums to visit and natural beauty to explore.

Plus, here are two more reasons to visit:


Looking for a quirky, unusual gift? Franschhoek high street has many interesting shops to peruse, offering items from homeware to clothing and beyond. At LQF we have two exciting shopping options, our new emporium, B.gorgeous (stocking all things wonderful and unique) and our Le Creuset pop-up shop.

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Spend a day browsing South African art—then join us for a glass of wine. In fact, pick up that glass of wine and take a walk around LQF to view our collection of local art, from paintings to sculptures.

Our favourite local art gallery, is art, is located just across the road from us. Make time to also visit: Pierneef Museum, The Saol Art Museum, Dylan Lewis, and the Franschhoek Live Craft Centre.

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10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse

CHASE has included Le Quartier Francais in this excellent list of turndowns. See the article: 10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse.

turn down

good night

And here’s our mention:

Sleep Tight
Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa has a sweet way of wishing guests pleasant dreams. Once the housekeeping team has turned down the bed, they attach a brightly-colored note with a handwritten message to the bathroom mirror. The messages say things like “Sweet dreams,” “Sleep tight,” “Slumber well” and “Good night.” Next to the note: a single bloom vase with a freshly handpicked flower from the property’s garden.

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Summer dining overlooking our garden

Our Living Room is comprised of three spaces: The Garden Room, The Reading Room and the Lounge Bar; where you can tuck into scrumptious all day grazing, local wine and artisan cocktails.

Camembert dish

New on the menu is this dish of summer tomatoes, baked Camembert bruschetta, with olives. We recommend you eat it overlooking our summer garden, with a glass of  Môreson Chardonnay. The menu.

Tables looking out over the garden

Tables looking out over the garden

The view of the Garden Room from outside

The view of the Garden Room from outside

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