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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!”

The Wait Is Over – for Good!

Good Food & Co
The airy interior at Good Food & Co's new Bijoux Square premises

Fans of Good Food & Co will be glad to learn that after a month of being deprived of their favourite deli products and heat & eat meals they have now reopened in their new centrally-located premises at Bijoux Square. To go with the move Chef Nico Vorster has also created four brand new menus – including a vegan one – to tempt locals and visitors to savour their fare. Another new addition is Truth Coffee which can be enjoyed indoors, in the courtyard or as a take-away. All the friendly front-of-house faces are also back to welcome guests with efficient service and a friendly smile. It really is as they say: Good things come to those who wait.”

Opening times: Sun & Mon: 08h00 – 17h00 Tue – Sat: 08h00 – 21h00 (Book online or phone)

Tuesday Burger Nights are back. Buy one get one free!

www.goodfoodfranschhoek.com | www.goodfoodbowl.co.za | 021 876 3556

Franschhoek makes Time’s ‘World’s Greatest Places’ list for 2022

Autumn in the Franschhoek Valley

Franschhoek has made Time Magazine’s prestigious list of ‘World’s Greatest Places’ for 2022.

This collection includes 50 destinations from around the world that Time’s correspondents and contributors nominated for exploring because of the destination’s offer of “new and exciting experiences.”

‘Purchase with Purpose’ with Haute Cabrière and Together Franschhoek

Haute Cabrière has partnered with Together Franschhoek to create a new Purchase with Purpose opportunity to support COVID-19 disaster relief in the Franschhoek Valley. The proceeds of a special release of the winery’s ever-popular Chardonnay Pinot Noir will bolster the coffers of Together Franschhoek in the fight against COVID-19.

Men of Culture

Young blueberry plants cloned at Fruitlab

Agricultural technology is alive and well and happening in Franschhoek. Steven Frankel and Craig Taylor have opened an agritech business called Fruitlab where they are focussing on tissue culture. They believe technology is very much the future of agriculture and can see themselves also being part of research and development in this field.

Tissue culture is a sophisticated way of reproduction, simply explained as cloning of plants. This method as opposed to, for instance planting seeds, provides predictability; part of a selected plant is used to produce a new plant identical to the parent plant and assures superior plants of the next generation. Should genetic variation be required though, Craig says it can be introduced using laboratory techniques.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Appoints New MD

Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s new MD Carel Chapman
Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s new MD Carel Chapman

Anthonij Rupert Wyne says goodbye to Managing Director, Gary Baumgarten, who hangs up his hat after 11 years and who has played a pivotal role in the running of the farms. He will be replaced by newly appointed Carel Chapman, himself no stranger to the company.

Hailing from a farm in Gobabis, Namibia, Carel completed his BCom Hons in Financial Economics from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005. He has been a consultant to Anthonij Rupert Wyne since 2020, which stands to his advantage as he knows the company well. He has extensive experience in the wine, farming, and hospitality industries.  He previously served in various management and directors positions, including at Rust and Vrede, Guardian Peak and Ernie Els Wines.  He was also a founding shareholder of Namibia Wine Merchants.

Carel takes over the executive duties as of July 2022. He says; “My new position presents a wonderful opportunity at one of South Africa’s foremost wine and agricultural businesses.  I look forward to contributing to the success of Anthonij Rupert Wyne and to building on the culture of excellence.”

Anthonij Rupert Wyne is grateful to Gary for his dedication and passion which is summed up in his statement: ‘As I enter retirement I reflect on what I have learnt during my time at Anthonij Rupert Wyne, and I’m proud of the team I call family, and wish Carel all of the best for this next chapter in his journey,’ says Gary.

Text: Editorial Desk | Image: Supplied

Dalewood Does More Dairy

Dalewood Dairy Products
Dalewood's new dairy products are available from their Cheesery Shop

Like many of us, Dalewood Fromage’s Rob Visser and his team found that they had a bit more time on their hands during lockdown. Unlike many of us, they put that time to good use! The result is the addition of a whole new range of dairy products to their range.

Visitors to the Cheesery Shop on the farm can now also stock up on buttermilk, cream and crème fraiche for their cooking or baking projects. While there they might as well pick up some of the estate’s hand-made, lightly-salted butter and the full-cream stirred Jersey yoghurt. The latter is entirely free of additives, preservatives, thickeners, stabilisers, emulsifiers, milk powder and sugar making it as natural and healthy as can be. For your home-made pizzas and salad the full-cream Feta is just the ticket!

Dalewood’s unique recipe was formulated by Rob Visser who studied Dairy Technology at Elsenburg College. After years of experimenting, time in France sniffing out traditional cheese making secrets and countless cheese tastings Dalewood Cheese was launched in 2000.

Dalewood’s single Jersey herd grazes each day on bio-dynamically grown pastures surrounded by vineyards. Because of its focus on regenerative farming Dalewood is able to produce all-natural products with no preservatives, colourants or flavourants and suitable for vegetarians.

The Cheesery Shop™ is open:

Monday – Friday 09h00 – 16h00

Saturdays 09h00 – 15h00

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Due to Covid and the size of our Shop we are unfortunately unable to offer any cheese tastings.

www.dalewood.co.za

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.

Tourism Minister Visits

The Tourism Minister’s visit included a tour of the Huguenot Memorial Museum and Monument. In the photo she is with Museum Manager Anita du Preez and Vignerons de Franschhoek Chairman Gerard Holden.

The Minister of Tourism Honourable Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane spent 24 hours in Franschhoek on Thursday, 18 March 2021, as part of an outreach programme to engage with stakeholders.

Vinyl & Wine

The ‘Rebels of the Vine’ FLTR: Jacques Wentzel, Raymond Ndlovu and Kevin Swart.

They don’t call themselves the Rebels of the Vine for no reason. Black Elephant Vintners do things differently, including tastings without the ceremony and pomp usually associated with the industry.

Traditional wine and cheese/food pairings are not what you will find at Black Elephant Vintners. Instead, you are invited to enjoy a carefully curated wine and music pairing on their beautiful farm. This novel approach to enhance the experience of wine tasting by utilising the senses of taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing is what distinguishes Black Elephant Vintners from the others.

Co-owner Kevin Swart says, “We believe in enjoying wine and make wine for real people.” The bottom line? If you’re a real person you may wish to book for one of their Saturday morning Vinyl & Wine tastings.

Where: 40A Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek | When: Saturdays at 11h00 | Price: R150 – R200 | Bookings are essential.

rebels@bevintners.co.za | 021 876 2903

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