Cook in Franschhoek with the chefs!

Following in the success of its inaugural festival, the Franschhoek Wine Valley will be hosting yet another exciting and interactive Cook Franschhoek, the Summer Edition, which takes place over the weekend of the , 7th, 8th and 9th of October.

Join some of the Valley’s highly acclaimed chefs and winemakers as they present three hands on demonstration kitchens with the focus on ingredients, festive cooking and food groups. Learn how to work with red meat, buchu and other ingredients at the Ingredients Kitchen, and explore your love for extraordinary dishes at the Speciality Foods Kitchen.

Master the art of preparing the perfect Christmas meal at the Festive Cooking Kitchen, where the chefs will share their secrets on cooking succulent turkey and mouth watering Christmas cakes.

Restaurants in and around Franschhoek will also be hosting their own exciting demonstrations. Participating restaurants include The SalmonBar, Freedom Hill, Holden Manz, Ryan’s Kitchen, Mange Tout, Franschhoek Country House and Villas, L’Ermitage, Huguenot Fine Chocolates, Le Franschhoek, Haute Cabrière, La Motte, Grande Provence and Café Bon Bon.

In order to keep the weekend as exclusive as possible each demonstration will range from 8 to 30 people and costs will differ from establishment to establishment. Tickets can be purchased directly from

Make a weekend of your experience and book into one of Franschhoek’s superb accommodation establishments, ranging from the finest bed and breakfasts, to luxurious boutique hotels, all nestled in a picturesque and safe environment.

This should also allow you ample time for a leisurely stroll down the main road, uncovering world-class shops and boutiques, allowing for an intimate and relaxed shopping expedition.

For more info on this exciting festival, sponsored by Woolworths, visit Cook Franschhoek and download the festival programme.


One lucky reader will win two tickets to attend a demo at Freedom Hill on Friday, 7 October at 12h00 where visitors will master the art of preparing delicious Salmon trout steak over pea and potato mash with a saffron and lemon emulsification. The demo also includes a two-course meal.

Another lucky reader will win two tickets to attend a demo at Ryan’s Kitchen on Saturday, 8 October at 12h00 where they'll master the art of making ice cream and sorbet. The demo includes a tasting of Anthonij Rupert wines as well as a three-course lunch.


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