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Thursday 02 May 2019
Saturday 01 June 2019

The Franschhoek Literary Festival raising the bar in 2019

Established in 2007, The Franschhoek Literary Festival, a non-profit organization,  continues to delights festival goers each year, in doing so, raises funds for local community and school libraries and training and placing assistant school librarians, through the FLF Library Fund.

Set in the magnificent Franschhoek Valley, home to some of South Africa’s top chefs, award winning wineries and boutique hotels, the events take place in a variety of village venues within a few minutes’ walk of each other, creating a vibrant ambience in the streets buzzing with book-lovers.
The emphasis is on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations and occasional talks.

Made up of  over one hundred and fifty writers, chairs, and subject matter specialists; more than one-hundred events, a tiny staff contingent, a seemingly tireless group of dedicated volunteers – and truly glorious sponsor-Porcupine Ridge Wines , from Boekenhoutskloof . Porcupine Ridge wines were launched in 1996 and have grown to be one of the most recognised wine brands in South Africa. Being located in the Franschhoek valley, Porcupine Ridge has always taken a keen interest in the development of the town, and so it made perfect sense to support the Franschhoek Literary Festival when the opportunity arose.

Aiming to bring together a broad cross-section of South African writers and international authors. The festival promises to inspire, inform and challenge audiences. There is something for everyone as fringe events include writing workshops and discussion groups, poetry, theater performances and contemporary and classical music concerts.

The right mix of literature, politics and current affairs, special interest, poetry, creativity, light reading, humour and controversy is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats..



If you love reading, writing, eating, expanding your mind and/or chilling with a glass of your favourite Porcupine Ridge vino, the Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019 is the place to be.


This year’s highlights include writing and visual storytelling workshops; a wide selection of events to help you make sense of your political and environmental concerns; loads of murder and crime, romance and rich local fiction; history, abundant wildlife, humour and humanity. Expect to rub shoulders with the likes of Simon Sebag Montefiore (Written in History), Heather Morris (The Tattooist of Auschwitz), Zapiro and Mike Wills (WTF), Chike Frankie Edozien (Lives of Great Men), Ingrid Winterbach (The Troubled Times of Magrieta Prinsloo); Rutendo Tavengerwei (The Colours that Blind) Willem Anker (Red Dog), plus a host of other fascinating authors and panel chairs both new and renowned.


The Festival runs from 17, 18, 19 May 2019 preceded by the Book Week for Young Readers.
Starting at 10am and ending at 5pm, up to nine one-hour events run concurrently with half an hour between each (except where otherwise stated).

Browse through the programme and familiarise yourself with the authors before heading off to


Margot Janse is making a difference…..

A BIG difference. Her passion project, Isabelo was born in 2009, because “no child can learn on an empty stomach”.

In her own words, “Every morning I would drive to my restaurant The Tasting Room (Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek, South-Africa) and turn left at the bottom of the road. Within a kilometer I would be in my beautiful kitchen, working with the best produce. If I turned right at the bottom of my road and travel 1 kilometer I would get to the middle of the township, surrounded by poverty and hunger with children who go to school on empty stomachs. The difference is too vast; I had to do something to start making a difference.”

With the help of a dietitian, Margot developed a highly nutritious muffin recipe. Every Friday would see her baking and delivering muffins to a small local playschool with 70 hungry children. This proved so popular and with the help of some generous donations supply was increased to over 100 children in two different pre-schools, five days a week!

A successful fundraising dinner in The Netherlands in 2011 was the start to feeding warm, nutritious lunches to 185 children across three schools in South Africa. All the meals were prepared by Margot’s kitchen with her team at the The Tasting Room restaurant.

Isabelo started funding the Kusasa Breakfast Club, feeding 1100 primary school children in Franschhoek, porridge, fruit and milk every school day.


In 2014, Margot raised more funds by running the Cape Town Marathon. This, along with contributions from suppliers etc, went towards the upgrading of the kitchens at Dalubuhle and Wes-Eind Primary Schools.

By April 2017, a big change was on the cards and after 21 years as Executive Chef of The Tasting Room, Chef Margot left this role and moved  Isabelo into her house where the garage became the distribution centre for all the food. Today, Isabelo uses a catering company in Cape Town that make the meals for the 200 pre-school children. Milk, fruit, porridge​ and a lot of eggs are delivered to her house and with help from The Kusasa Project the daily food deliveries are executed.

In February of this year, Margo put together an incredible event in Brussels, where  Belgium’s capital city welcomed 25 international chefs to cook together in in aid of Isabelo.

Three top Brussels restaurants, Bon Bon, Bozar and Le Chalet de La Foret welcomed chefs from across the globe for a 10-course menu. All proceeds from the night went to Isabelo, Feeding Hungry Minds.

The chefs included, among others Pascal Barbot of L’Astrance, Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur, Rodolfo Guzman of Borago, Virgilio Martinez of Central Lima and Alain Passard of L’Arpege.

The Isabelo project has proven to be awe-inspiring and has surpassed expectations.

If you would like to contribute to Isabelo and make a Difference

Contact or visit for more info

Raise your glass twice!!!

Hey Joe Brewing Company has finally opened!

and word among the locals, is it was well worth the wait! This Belgian inspired, destination brewery with focus on family and fun, expresses the brewery’s culture through their artisan style of beer brewing. Beer is brewed in 1961 copper brewhouse brought in all the way from, yes you guessed it, Belgium!

The focus is on hand crafted beer and the manner in which they brew, is in the traditional ‘hands on’ style. The 1961 ‘Halve Maan’ copper brewhouse has made its way from Belgium to Franschhoek and installed it into the Abbey styled brewery where an exciting array of Belgian inspired beer is brewed.

The Taproom is designed to offer an up-close experience of the brewhouse whilst you are encouraged to taste the core range of 5 beers:

Witbier; Spéciale Belge; Farmhouse Saison; Blonde; Belgian Lager.

Tastings, as well as tap beer by the glass are on offer. The Hey Joe team take an educative stance when explaining the beers and the processes involved. If you want to learn a thing or two about beer making, visit the taproom and feel free to ask as many questions as possible.

Not just incredible beer but top-notch food prepared by Chef Nicola Spilsbury has patrons salivating! Nicola has created a delicious menu that is not only inspired by the Belgians but incorporates the Hey Joe core range of beers too. Vegetarians and children and even the well- behaved furry kind, are catered for and welcomed at Hey Joe. They even have an alcohol-free beer made especially for dogs. Ask for Hond Bier!

The brewery accommodates groups of all sizes. We have a full-service kitchen and restaurant. We are open 7 days a week :  Mondays 11:00 – 19:00 (beers & ‘monday menu’ only) | kitchen closes at 17:00 Tuesdays – Saturdays 11:00 – 19:00 | kitchen closes at 17:00 | Sundays 11:00 – 16:30

Contact us on +27661509681 for enquiries