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Franschhoek Creates

Ebony - Franschhoek Square

27 October to 3 November

Aesthetes and patrons of the arts, can look forward to ‘Franschhoek Creates’ – a week of curated gallery exhibitions, interactive showcases and a feast of visual storytelling.

The week of jam-packed exhibitions, performances and special offers begins with the renowned Everard Read Franschhoek, proudly presenting the latest solo exhibition by Swain Hoogervorst, a Cape Town-based artist known for intimate still life works and recently his larger abstract paintings. Enjoy ‘Great Heart Wines’ as the partner for this exhibition, a staff empowerment project of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. Other top local gallery, Ebony/Curated will be showcasing two separate exhibitions, ’The Point’, which focuses on large-scale ceramic works featuring baboons and their relationship with the local environment by Lisa Ringwood. There’s also Oliver Scarlin’s 5th solo exhibition exploring perception, form and colour in his exhibition titled ‘New Paintings’.

Pickard wins the 2022 K-Way MaxiRace Cape Winelands 120km in under 14hrs!

Lodelia Odendaal on her way to victory in the ladies 120km race.

The heat was no match for Douglas Pickard, at yesterday’s 120km 2022 K-Way MaxiRace Cape Winelands presented by Banhoek Chilli Oil in association with On Running and Yenn Health, seeing him set a strong lead from the start and finishing in a blistering time of 13hrs57min31sec. The fight for second place saw Anele Bans and leading lady, Lodelia Odendaal rallying each other for a while with Anele taking the lead and finishing 2nd in a time of 15hrs38min46 , and Lodelia taking 3rd overall and the 1st lady over the line in a time of 15hrs59min07sec.

Cangro Business Challenge About To Launch

The Cangro Franschhoek Business Challenge is about to start. Planting starts on 7 October.

The Cangro Franschhoek Business Challenge is about to commence. The participants are lined up – see the list below – and are furiously devising ways to grow the biggest upside down tomato plant. It’s all for a good cause and with the intention of having a good deal of fun too!

On 7 October, 10 volunteer students from Franschhoek High School will be helping to pack all the elements for the challenge at the F1 packing shed.  On the 11th the competition officially begins and deliveries start. Thanks to Tuk-Tuk Franschhoek who’ve volunteered to help deliver packages. Cangro is hoping to have a planting station in town where participants can collect their packages and plant with the Cangro team and other participants. Watch social media for more info on this.

Keep working on those plans, good luck and may the best plant win!

Franschhoek Business Challenge Entrants:

1aa Wilhelmina Luxury Apartments | Abe Opperman Gallery | AMB Supermarket(Pnp) | Anthonij Rupert Wyne | Boschendal Farm School | BP Garage Franschhoek | Du Toit Classique Jewellery | Cape Dutch @ Keerwerder | Cartel Coffee | Chanteclair | Checkers Foods | Chef Ryan Team | Christies Original Designs | Coco Africa | ColCacchio Franschhoek | Country Kids | Debbie Deakins | Delta Colours | Desray | Deux Lions La Bourgogne Farm | Dr Nicholas Els | Eikehof | Elephant and Barrel | Essence | Explorers Club | Expressions Painting Contractors | Flambé Gallery | Franschhoek Country Club | Franschhoek Electrical | Franschhoek High School | Franschhoek Motors | Franschhoek Pharmacy | Franschhoek Physiotherapy Associates | Franschhoek Plumbing | Franschhoek Wine Tram | Fransvliet Estate | Friendly Reception | Gallop Hill | Get Lost Coffee | GlenWood Vineyards | Hamu Hospitality and Tourism Group | Hornbill Group | Hugo broers | Huguenot Fine Chocolates | Kaap Agri | La Bri Wines | La Chataigne | La Cotte Farm | La Fontaine Guest House | La Providence Farm | La Residence | La Roche | Lamara | Laurelin | Le Bon Vivant | Le Cotte gardeners | Le Petit Manoir | Le Petit Paris | Le Poirier | Levant Logistics | Lynx Wines | Magnas Tours | Maison Cabrière | Maison Chablis | Marcelle Richardson | Masquerade | Masterbuilder | Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyards | Myles Agar | NG Kerk | Pam Golding | Paserene Wines | Pepler Alarms | Petit & Grande Plaisir | Plaisir Wine Estate | Plumwood Inn | Ria Pools | Rickety Bridge Winery | Salon la Belle | Salon la Nailz | Seeff Properties | Shofar Christian Church | Smitten | Still Man Distillery | Sue’s Gardens | Th2owel | The Cottage | The Digby Trust | The Franschhoek Beer Company | The Franschhoek Lions Club | Tracey’s Diamonds | True State Management (Pty) Ltd | Tuk Tuk Franschhoek | Tykana Properties | Upscale Project Management | VillaZA | Well Seasoned Hen | Zhero

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. | 021 876 2903

Celebrating the Fortitude of Huguenot Women

FLTR: Maria de la Queillerie, Titia Ballot, Marlene le Roux

National Women’s Day, celebrated on 9 August each year in South Africa, commemorates the day, 66 years ago, when roughly 200 000 South African women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest the introduction of pass laws in South Africa. The pass laws aimed to restrict the movement of black people living and working in urban areas.

International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, likewise commemorates and acknowledges women’s achievements, which has bolstered women’s empowerment and strides towards gender parity.

Huguenot women were undoubtedly among the hardiest women, whose wilful and rebellious nature had led them to embark, as refugees, on the treacherous journey from France to South Africa. They were, moreover, women willing to risk their lives for the Protestant values and beliefs which had led to their persecution. Whether or not you are Protestant Christian, these women are worthy of our admiration for their bravery in the face of persecution and immense trauma, as well as their ability to re-establish a viable life for themselves in a foreign country where they were required to assimilate linguistically. This act we should hold in the greatest esteem.

Rob van Vuuren is Still Standing

A new comedy show about the aftermath of the apocalypse.

Rob van Vuuren is a South African comedy legend. Recipient of the Comics Choice Breakthrough Act Award and 5 Standard Bank Ovation Awards as well as many other accolades that have spanned a 20-year career that have taken him to stages all over the world.

After two of the toughest years of his (and everyone else’s) life, Rob takes a brutally honest look at the pandemic and some of the more harrowing and hilarious experiences he endured during the end of the world.

Come watch Rob unpack motivation, separation, dating, hijacking, Ayahuasca and other near-death experiences in a side-splitting comedy against all odds.

Don’t miss this once-off opportunity to catch this hilarious new show!

‘Comic genius’ the Mail and Guardian

Wednesday 3 August performance will be dinner theatre style seating.

Doors open from 18:15. Show starts at 19:30

Please bring your own food and drinks.

Tea and coffee will be on sale.

Friday 5 August performance will be auditorium style seating.

Doors open at 18:45.  Show starts at 19:30

Tea and coffee will be on sale.

This performance is in partnership with Jeff Brooker Productions and Bridgehouse School

Please note that this show carries a parental guidance advisory of 15+

3 August 19:30- Dinner Theatre Style Seating

5 August 19:30- Auditorium Style Seating

R150 general

R130 Students

Table discounts available

Tickets available on QUICKET

New Vintage Release of La Motte’s 2019 Bordeaux-Style Millennium

With a successful Franschhoek Bastille Festival still fresh in the public’s minds the timing is perfect for the release of La Motte’s 2019 Bordeaux-inspired Millennium.

The 2019 La Motte Millennium consists of 48% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot – four of the six varieties (the other being Cabernet Sauvignon and very rarely Carménère) traditionally blended in France’s famous Bordeaux wine region.

The classic blend of predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc is prominent in some of the world’s most iconic wines and in the 2019 La Motte Millennium they offer aromatic dark berries and plum with nuances of fruit cake and toffee providing subtle sweetness. The Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute intensity in colour, hints of spice as well as complexity and depth to the blend. Barrel-derived spice and charred oak flavours are well integrated for a medium-bodied wine with soft, but lively tannins and a lingering berry aftertaste.

A celebration of women, wine and some gourmet gold

“Where there is a woman, there is magic.” No simpler but truer words have been spoken and so- this July, and all month-long, we raise our glasses to the wonderful women of SA; the mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends, colleagues, teachers, leaders and business women that make our valley a whole lot more magical… happy Women’s Month to all!

Festivities aside, our beautiful village is abuzz with winter activities, alive with ambiance and a diverse beauty that comes from stark trees and vines preparing for the next sprout of seasonal growth and change.

Mystery weekends are also back in action and for all those itching for a little adventure with none of the usual planning pressures, this one is for you!

Set those calendars and get booking as the latter stretch of 2022 promises to hold high hopes for much goodness in our abundant valley.

For the Vignerons’ diary, the 16th August is set for the ‘Trade and Media tasting’, hosted at the exclusive Sandstone House with Chefs Reuben and Darren Badenhorst preparing culinary delights to accompany the finest wines from the valley with lunch.

We’re signing off with the proverbial ‘cherry on the top’ with recent news of our town making 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.”

As if you needed any further reasons to soak in the spectacular views, fine wines & quintessential Franschhoek gourmet gold… All that’s left to consider is the choice company you’d like to share it all with.

See you soon in the valley of dreams!

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.”

Franschhoek at Decorex

Stuart Douglas, Cindy Douglas and Vuyisa Potina at the Potina Ceramics stand at Decorex Cape Town 2022.

Three Franschhoek creative businesses took part in Decorex Cape Town 2022 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre form 16 – 19 June 2022.

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