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Biltong & All That’s Good

Two locals taken their love for biltong and droëwors and turned it into a small business: Village Biltong & Deli.

Owner Herman du Plessis and shop manager Bets TerBlanche decided early on that they would only stock hand-selected, premium biltong products that are ethically sourced. “Our beef product suppliers rear their livestock with care and no steroids or growth hormones are given. You can taste the difference,” says Herman.

Three Wins for La Motte at Best of Wine Tourism Awards

La Motte Wine Estate

La Motte Wine Estate was crowned the winner in three of the seven categories of this year’s Best of Wine Tourism Awards. This international annual competition is designed to reward the wineries in each of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s member regions for their excellence.

Wesgro, the Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape worked closely with Vinpro, a non-profit company that represents 2 500 South African wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders in finalising these awards.

Mayor Opens Art & Craft Market

After officially opening the Franschhoek Art & Craft Market Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer inspected the goods on offer. In the photo above she tries out a tea set sold by one of the traders, Ms Tarauai.

It’s been a long time coming but the new stalls for informal traders next to the town hall are finally being used. Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer officiated at the opening of what is now dubbed the Franschhoek Art & Craft Market on Friday, 13 November.

La Petite Colombe Welcomed to Leeu Estates

The interiors at La Petite Colombe were crafted by MR Design Studio.

La Petite Colombe, sister restaurant to the highly acclaimed La Colombe in Constantia, re-opened its doors on 6 November at a stunning new location on Leeu Estates, on the outskirts of the village.

Leeu Collection’s Le Quartier Français was home to La Petite Colombe from its opening in August 2017, when the hotel group invited the La Colombe team to manage the food and beverage offering, as part of its desire to partner with the very best in class in the fields of wine-making, artistic endeavour and dining out. La Petite Colombe’s success (including an Eat Out Top Ten award and stellar reviews on TripAdvisor) led it to look for a larger venue, which it has found on Leeu Estates.

Good Food & Co in Good Hands

Emmarentia Klaasen and Joey Stiglingh (left) have sold Good Food & Co to Nico Vorster and Kelly Pilkington (right).

The restauranteur sisters Emmarentia Klaasen and Joey Stiglingh, of Good Food & Co, have hung up their aprons and handed the keys to their successful restaurant and deli to Nico Vorster and Kelly Pilkington.

Woolworths Franschhoek to Go Single-use Plastic Bag Free

Woolworths’ new low cost reusable bag

Woolworths’ Franschhoek store will be single-use plastic shopping bag free from 9 November.  Despite Covid-19 lockdown disruptions, this is part of a national 121-store rollout in response to Woolworths’ commitment to phase out single-use plastic bags.

Since making this commitment Woolworths has launched a ‘low cost’ reusable bag in food stores and a paper bag for its fashion, beauty and home purchases and has already successfully switched 25 stores to being single-use plastic shopping bag free.  Both bags are made locally by supplier development beneficiaries and constructed from either fabric made from recycled plastic (PET) or Forest Stewardship Council-certified recycled content, sourced from the same mill where Woolworths (FSC N002141) sends its recyclable cardboard and paper.

“Smart, sustainable solutions often take time to get off the ground but when they do, they change our world for the better instantly.  While Covid 19 has impacted our roll out, we remain committed in our journey to remove single use plastic from our stores. Together with our customers we are looking forward to removing all single use plastic bags from our stores.” concludes Feroz Koor: Woolworths Holdings Group Head of Sustainability.

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

Old School | True Sport

The historic 1907 school will become the high performance gym and overlook a landscaped courtyard.

There has, for some time now, been a sense in the village that something is afoot at Franschhoek High School. This is indeed the case and the Franschhoek Tatler is delighted to be able to officially share the inside story of Train Camp – Franschhoek.

Capitalworks acquires Brait’s majority shareholding in DGB

New DGB CEO Ricardo Ferreira and outgoing CEO Tim Hutchinson

The South African asset management company Capitalworks and businessman Tim Hutchinson – long-time head of the liquor company DGB – have acquired DGB’s majority shareholding held by Brait, the JSE-listed independent investment company, for an undisclosed sum.

DGB is a leading SA producer and distributor of wine and spirits to the local and international markets.

#jobssavelives

Chef Patron Matthew Gordon of French Connection Bistro and his staff took part in the protest against lockdown regulations that are killing the hospitality and tourism industries and causing massive job losses and hunger.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, was a perfect day for a protest; warm and sunny with nary a breeze. Ordinarily the village would be filled with visitors making the best of a wonderful winter’s day.  Instead, it’s the locals who are out in force protesting Corona lockdown regulations that have choked off tourism – the valley’s economic lifeblood. Chef Patron Matthew Gordon of French Connection Bistro accurately captured the economic reality when he posted that “Our town is on life support”. So did the trending hashtag #jobssavelives.

After four months of lockdown, the hospitality industry in Franschhoek and the rest of South Africa is fighting desperately to survive. Wendy Alberts, CEO of the Restaurant Association of South Africa, said that about 400 000 jobs have been lost in the sector since the imposition of the lockdown, with more businesses folding every day. Margot Janse, chief judge of the Eat Out Awards, summed up what is needed in a Cape Talk interview: “The curfew needs to move to a more realistic time that is respectful to our industry. The alcohol ban needs to be relaxed for the hospitality industry… We should be allowed to act as adults… Let us get back on our feet!”

Wine Industry Unites To Save Jobs

Stellenbosch Wine Routes and at least 300 wineries in South Africa, together with Visit Stellenbosch, are throwing their weight behind an official legal application requesting evidence from the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to explain the reintroduction of a blanket ban on the domestic sale and transportation of alcohol.

In an unprecedented show of industry unity, the broad-based wine industry coalition is demanding an explanation from the Minister and questioning the prohibition’s rationality. The wine industry value chain supports almost 300,000 people, is South Africa’s second-largest exporter of agricultural products and has made great strides in inclusive growth. The entire industry has now been put at risk by these seemingly irrational rulings.

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