One of Franschhoek’s most popular festivals take place this weekend , on Saturday and Sunday 29 and 30 November, ending off a year of festivals which Franschhoek is so good at organising. The MasterCard Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique Champagne Festival is a mouthful of a title, but the 22 Méthode Cap Classiques (MCCs) and champagnes make the pilgrimage to Franschhoek worth while.
Taking place in a marquee close to the Huguenot Monument, top South African MCCs and imported champagnes are available to taste. Bubbly brands available to taste are Pierre Jourdan, Morena, Môreson, La Motte, Boschendal, Leopard’s Leap, Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle, Anthonij Rupert Wines, JC le Roux, Krone, Pongracz, Steenberg, Villiera, Graham Beck Wines, Simonsig, Laborie, Colmant, and Domaine Des Dieux. Champagnes available for tasting are Piper Heidsieck, Champagne Guy Charbaut, and Veuve Clicquot.
Paired with the MCCs and champagnes at the Festival are Franschhoek restaurants Bread & Wine, The Salmon Bar, Haute Cabrière, Le Franschhoek, L’Ermitage, The Restaurant at Grande Provence, and Mont Rochelle.
The dress code is black and white, and this year Parasols and Panamas hats have been added to the theme. The best-dressed couple will be rewarded with a prize. Tickets for Saturday have already been sold out. Ubr is vilbl to transport bubbly fans back to Cap Town, with a special R200 off for first-time users.
MasterCard Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique Champagne Festival, Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek. 29 (sold out) and 30 November, 12h00 – 17h00. www.franschhoekmcc.co.za Twitter: @Franschhoek_SA Entrance R200, 10% discount on entrance and purchases at the Festival if paid by MasterCard. Book via www.webtickets.co.za