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Tackling Littering Together

In true Franschhoek fashion three local businesses have joined forces to tackle the twin problems of illegal dumping of refuse and littering – problems that have dramatically escalated in the past few months.

Paintsmiths, PicknPay and Col’Cacchio have combined to fund and employ a person, with his own bakkie, to patrol and clean areas that fall outside the municipality’s jurisdiction – such as along the Robertsvlei and Dassenberg Roads, at the Berg River Dam wall and carpark, around Matoppie and the area Berg River Dam area at the end of Robertsvlei Road.

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.

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.

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.

Boschendal Wins Big At 2023 Cape Prestige Agri-Awards

Boschendal’s Franschhoek region winners at the Western Cape Prestige Agri-Awards 2023.

Boschendal has been recognised as the Best Performing Farm in the Franschhoek region at the recent Cape Prestige Agri-Awards, claiming top honours against entries from some of the most renowned farms in the region.

Charles Edmonds, Managing Director of Farming at Boschendal, says: “We are incredibly proud of all our farm team members who were recognised for their outstanding work, and thank them for their invaluable contribution to our farm and to our efforts of being a regenerative farming leader.”

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

DGB awarded ‘Best South African Producer’ at ProWein for Second Year Running

Tim Hutchinson, executive chairman of DGB (left) receiving the Mundus Vini Best Producer award from Robert Joseph, board-member of Mundus Vini.

For the second consecutive year and third time overall, DGB – South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit company – has received the acclaimed title of Best South African Producer from the Grand International Wine Award MUNDUS VINI. In addition DGB received the Best SA Red Wine title and 20 Gold Medals.

Wordsworth Bookstore Opens in Franschhoek

After much whispering and growing excitement, Wordsworth Books is officially opening in the next few days. Much hard work has been poured into making this branch perfect for the local and international clientele in Franschhoek.

Tucked away in the corner of Bijoux Square, 61 Huguenot Street, you may first be drawn to the allure of Truth Coffee. Venturing a bit further into the square, you will find this quaint bookstore emanating warm light from within, inviting in avid readers of all kinds, and also your casual strollers-by. If you love the company of books and crave some new ideas or a refreshing new read, visit this store. It is certainly (Words)worth it!

A Brighter Hospitality Future with Defy

Hospitality Academy students showing their excitement with the Defy agreement

The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy has a new strategic partner: Iconic SA appliance brand Defy.

“We are delighted to have Defy help us in our ambition to afford underprivileged students the opportunity to get educated in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Franschhoek,” says Michaela Julian, co-founder and trustee of the academy. Defy’s investment includes world-class appliances needed in the academy’s cooking classrooms as well as contributions towards monthly overheads.

“With the company having such a strong South African heritage since 1905, we feel it’s our responsibility to show our pioneering spirit” said Evren Albas, CEO Defy Appliances. “We look forward to supporting the development of our young aspirational chefs and wish to congratulate the team of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy for their commitment to empower the youth in Franschhoek”.

Text: Editorial Desk

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

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