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Father’s Day at Môreson!

Father’s Day at Môreson
Want to take dad somewhere special for Father’s Day lunch? We’re pretty sure he’ll love Neil Jewell’s award-winning charcuterie from Bread & Wine at Môreson!  Start with a cheese and charcuterie platter (make sure to ask about the waygu beef biltong!). Then move onto one of the game, beef or lamb dishes. This is real farm to table cuisine, and there’s no chance of dad going hungry at this restaurant.
Plus, the folks at Môreson have a little present for you. Go for a wine tasting, purchase a case of wine and they’ll throw in a complimentary a bottle of the delicious ‘Miss Molly In My Bed’!

Want to take dad somewhere special for Father’s Day lunch? We’re pretty sure he’ll love Neil Jewell’s award-winning charcuterie from Bread & Wine at Môreson!  Start with a cheese and charcuterie platter (make sure to ask about the waygu beef biltong!). Then move onto one of the superb main courses . This is real farm-to-table cuisine, and there’s no chance of dad going hungry at this restaurant.

Neil Jewell's Charcuterie

Plus, the folks at Môreson have a little present for you. Go for a wine tasting, purchase a case of wine and they’ll throw in a complimentary a bottle of the delicious ‘Miss Molly In My Bed‘!

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Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2013

Just in case you missed it – we’re the only hotel in Franschhoek to make it onto Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2013, for best hotels in the Middle East and Southern Africa! We’re absolutely thrilled and honoured.

Here’s the write up:

lqf gold list

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All things Lionel Smit

Celebrated South African portrait painter, Lionel Smit was honoured earlier in the year with a Ministerial Award from Department of Culture for contribution to Visual Art in South Africa.

lionel portrait

Said Lionel of the achievement: “The award is a celebration of our common heritage. It is a reflection of the values of our vibrant democracy.”

lionel smit

And since then the boundary-breaking artist hasn’t slowed down. With a jam-packed schedule of exhibitions around the globe to look forward to!

EVENTS

This month the travelling artist is in Hong Kong, where his paintings will be featured at the Wonder Works exhibition at The Cat Street Gallery This is a group show featuring works by over 40 artists from all over the world, and will open on 24 May 2013.

Then he heads off in June for the BP National Portrait Award 2013 in London! This is a huge honour, as the process is extremely selective: displayed in the National Portrait Gallery it showcases ‘fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world’.  It opens on 20 June 2013.

Our wandering painter then returns home in September for Chefs who share – the ART of giving, where he’ll join Margot Janse! The event is an elegant black-tie charity dinner, which will be held in the Cape Town City Hall on the 5th of September 2013. The night will feature 14 acclaimed South African chefs, seven knowledgeable sommeliers and seven celebrated artists in aid of youth development, with of course, Lionel Smit.

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We have a some of his works on display at is art, come and see the master brush-strokes up close.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Art, Franschhoek, Is Art,
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Cook Franschhoek!

We’ve been waiting for this event all year! Cook Franschhoek takes place mid June and has a programme jam-packed with exciting culinary events. Running over the weekend of 14-16 June 2013, we’re hosting not-to-miss workshops!  Learn to cook with Franschhoek’s chefs and taste with Franschhoek’s winemakers!

Friday & Saturday:
Le Quartier Français @ The Owner’s House & Môreson Hosted by Chef Vanie Padayachee & Dane Friedman

cooking with spices

Create spectacular and fragrant tandoori chicken in the Big Green Egg with spice girl Vanie Padayachee. Temper your own spices and discover Vanie’s family recipe. Taste the tandoori with Indian flatbread and raita, while sipping wine from Môreson.
No of participants 8 @ R370pp

Saturday
Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant & Môreson Hosted by Chef Neil Jewell & Clayton Reabow
Wagyu beef – three ways, paired with Môreson Wines.
No of participants 16 @ R275pp

Saturday:
Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant & Môreson Hosted by Chef Neil Jewell & Clayton Reabow

Neil and Clayton

Wagyu beef – three ways, paired with Môreson Wines.
No of participants 16 @ R275pp

View the rest of the programme here; make a weekend of it and take advantage of our accommodation specials!

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Breakfast with Alexander McCall Smith

BREAKFAST WITH ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH
The organisers of the Franschhoek Literary Festival
are delighted to announce that a new event with
Alexander McCall Smith has just been added to the
programme.
Join the popular author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective
Agency for an exclusive breakfast at Le Quartier
Français on Sunday 19 May at 08h00. Guests will
enjoy a fruit platter, hot breakfast, tea and coffee
while being entertained by one of the most charming
men in the literary world . Tickets are R150 per
person and limited so please book now at
WEBTICKETS www.webtickets.co.za

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors, renowned for his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies. Now you can have breakfast with him. The organisers of the Franschhoek Literary Festival have added breakfast with Alexander McCall Smith at Le Quartier Français to their programme. The event takes place on Sunday 19 May at 08h00. Tickets are R150 per person and limited so please book now at webtickets.

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Guests will enjoy a fruit platter, hot breakfast, tea and coffee while being entertained by one of the most charming men in the literary world .

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The Winter Sculpture Fair 2013

The Winter Sculpture Fair 2013
Over the weekend of 4 and 5 May 2013, Franschhoek goes to Johannesburg! The Winter Sculpture Fair 2013 presented by MasterCard will be taking place at the NIROX Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind.
The fair promises to be a showcase of some of South Africa’s ‘best contemporary sculpture, combined with the finest food and wine from the Franschhoek Wine Valley’
“The Winter Sculpture Fair will provide the perfect city escape, giving visitors the rare opportunity to savour exquisite food and wine produced by Franschhoek’s top chefs and winemakers in the magnificent setting of NIROX – a highly acclaimed sculpture park situated in a 15 hectare private nature reserve,” says Ross Douglas, Director at Artlogic and event organiser.
Grab a glass of superlative Moreson Wine while browsing the surreal landscape of larger-than-life sculptures.  Also transported from the farm will be Neil Jewel, the recent recipient of Eat Out’s Paddock Award for Best Producer. He’ll be flying the flag for Bread and Wine Vineyard Restaurant: and on offer will be a selection of his home-cured meats, plus a pea, Cap Classique, white truffle oil and auricchio cheese risotto.
Tickets for the 2013 Winter Sculpture Fair presented by MasterCard cost R100, and are available from www.webtickets.co.za. Use your MasterCard card to pay and receive a 10% discount on tickets and items at the event. The Fair is open from 11h00 to 17h00 on Saturday, 4 May 2013 and from 10h00 to 17h00 on Sunday, 5 May 2013. For more information, visit www.wintersculpturefair.co.za or follow @ArtlogicSA on twitter.

Over the weekend of 4 and 5 May 2013, Franschhoek goes to Johannesburg! The Winter Sculpture Fair 2013 presented by MasterCard takes place at the NIROX Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind.

The fair promises to be a showcase of some of South Africa’s ‘best contemporary sculpture, combined with the finest food and wine from the Franschhoek Wine Valley’ .

winter

“The Winter Sculpture Fair will provide the perfect city escape, giving visitors the rare opportunity to savour exquisite food and wine produced by Franschhoek’s top chefs and winemakers in the magnificent setting of NIROX – a highly acclaimed sculpture park situated in a 15 hectare private nature reserve,” says Ross Douglas, Director at Artlogic and event organiser.

Grab a glass of superlative Môreson Wine while browsing the surreal landscape of larger-than-life sculptures.  Also transported from our family farm will be Neil Jewel, the recent recipient of Eat Out’s Paddock Award for Best Producer. He’ll be flying the flag for Bread and Wine Vineyard Restaurant: and on offer will be a selection of his home-cured meats, plus a pea, Cap Classique, white truffle oil and auricchio cheese risotto.

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Tickets for the 2013 Winter Sculpture Fair presented by MasterCard cost R100, and are available from www.webtickets.co.za. Use your MasterCard card to pay and receive a 10% discount on tickets and items at the event. The Fair is open from 11h00 to 17h00 on Saturday, 4 May 2013 and from 10h00 to 17h00 on Sunday, 5 May 2013. For more information, visit www.wintersculpturefair.co.za or follow @ArtlogicSA on twitter.

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Bubble, bubble – it’s the Franschhoek Cap Classique Route

Franschhoek Cap Classique Route
Franschhoek has just re-launched its Cap Classique Route including our family farm, Môreson. The route includes 18 producers stretching from Backsberg all the way through to Franschhoek Pass Winery.
Franschhoek Wine Valley said: “Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) producing areas, the Franschhoek Wine Valley has relaunched its MCC route, adding a few more producers to its already celebrated line up. The Valley, renowned for producing outstanding Méthode Cap Classiques, has a total of 18 producers, which includes newcomers Grande Provence, Plaisir de Merle and La Motte.
Franschhoek has been challenging other wine-producing areas in South Africa, with great strides in quality in recent years, and is proud to have many of the most innovative and progressive producers in the country among its wineries. The winemakers responsible for producing these superb MCC’s range from Old World to New World thinking, resulting in a diverse range of wines.”

We’re very excited that Franschhoek has just re-launched its Cap Classique Route! The bubbly route includes our family farm, Môreson, as part of 18 producers stretching from Backsberg all the way through to Franschhoek Pass Winery.

Moreson

Franschhoek Wine Valley said: “Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) producing areas, the Franschhoek Wine Valley has relaunched its MCC route, adding a few more producers to its already celebrated line up. The Valley, renowned for producing outstanding Méthode Cap Classiques, has a total of 18 producers, which includes newcomers Grande Provence, Plaisir de Merle and La Motte.

Franschhoek has been challenging other wine-producing areas in South Africa, with great strides in quality in recent years, and is proud to have many of the most innovative and progressive producers in the country among its wineries. The winemakers responsible for producing these superb MCC’s range from Old World to New World thinking, resulting in a diverse range of wines.”

Visit Franschhoek Wine Valley for more details.

P.S Check out our favourite Franschhoek fizz

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Margot Janse in Food & Home magazine

Margot Janse is featured in the April edition of Food & Home at her country home in Franschhoek. The article jumps into her home life, which is punctuated by laughter, champagne, and family.

food and home magazine

The article includes recipes for:
Sticky ‘Farmer Angus’ beef short-ribs
Pickled cucumber and runner beans
Duncan’s Famous Pear Tarte Tatin
Egg yolk ravioli with mushroom ragout
Oysters with sour fig

food and home feature margot janse
Pickled cucumber and runner beans
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Franschhoek Mystery Weekends

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekend
Do you love surprises? Then let the Franschhoek Wine Valley indulge you! On the weekend of 26 – 28th April 2013, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends kick off with the first in the series of weekends!
Experience the best of the best in Franschhoek for just R2340 per couple, and for the whole weekend you’ll be spoiled in our beautiful winelands village—a perfect autumn escape.
According to the Franschhoek Wine Valley:
How the Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Works:
We – Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek adventures 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!
Every Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:
• Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
•          A meal voucher (for two) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine
dining establishments;
•         Two breakfasts (for two );
•         Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
•         A discount voucher (per couple) to use at the participating
Franschhoek retail outlet;
•         Two different wine tastings (per couple), each taking place at an award-winning
participating Franschhoek wine farm;
•         One other surprise Franschhoek experience (per couple).
For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Kleinschmidt on +27 21 876 2861 or email: office@franschhoek.org.za

Do you love surprises? Then let the Franschhoek Wine Valley indulge you!

Experience the best of the best in Franschhoek for just R2340 per couple, and for a whole weekend you’ll be spoiled in our beautiful winelands village—a perfect winter escape.

Franschhoek

According to the Franschhoek Wine Valley here’s how the Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Works:
“We – Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek adventures 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!”

Every Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:
• Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
• A meal voucher (for two) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine dining establishments;
• Two breakfasts (for two );
•Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
• A discount voucher (per couple) to use at the participating Franschhoek retail outlet;
•Two different wine tastings (per couple), each taking place at an award-winning participating Franschhoek wine farm;
•One other surprise Franschhoek experience (per couple).
For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Kleinschmidt on +27 21 876 2861 or email: office@franschhoek.org.za

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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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