So why would we be celebrating what is an essentially French public holiday in South Africa? Whilst I really enjoyed history as a subject at school, it was a long time ago, so thought I’d do a quick Google just to check my facts and established the following (thanks to www.infoplease.com):
On July 14, 1789, an outraged group of Parisians stormed the Bastille, a fortress and prison in France where prisoners of influence were held, in hopes of capturing ammunition.
Shortly thereafter, King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette took refuge in Versailles as the violent peasants pillaged and burned châteaux, and destroyed records of feudal dues—this reaction is known as the grande peur (great fear). For the peasant class, the Bastille stood as a symbol of the hypocrisy and corruption of the aristocratic government – controlled mostly by nobility and clergy. This important event marked the entry of the popular class into the French Revolution. The French recognize Bastille Day as the end of the monarchy and beginning of the modern republic. The lasting significance of the event was in its recognition that power could be held by ordinary citizens, not in the king or in God.
The history buffs amongst you will remember that The Huguenots were French Protestants most of whom eventually came to follow the teachings of John Calvin, and who, due to religious persecution, were forced to flee France to other countries, including South Africa, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Many of these settlers were allocated farms in an area later called Franschhoek, Afrikaans for “French corner”, in the present day Western Cape.
Well, I think we have a lot to thank the French for, without whom we may never have come to enjoy good food and wine!So why don’t you join us for a delicious lunch – the menu is a collaboration between Saucy Chef, Brian Whitehorn, and Maryann of Events Unlimited, Dullstroom. Even better still join us for the week-end. These are the various options available:
R600pppn inclusive of Friday night Saucy Chef dinner,
Accommodation and Continental Breakfast on Saturday morning.
R700pppn: Saturday night accommodation & Saucy Chef Dinner,
plus Continental Breakfast on Sunday morning
R1300pppn inclusive of Fri & Sat night Saucy Chef dinners,
Accommodation x 2 nights, & Continental Breakfasts on Saturday &
Bastille Day lunch : R250pp, starts at 12 midday, Sat 16th.
Feeling energetic? Join us for a games of boules/petanque from 10.00am onwards.
For further information & Reservations please contact:
Maryann on firstname.lastname@example.org / 083-617-4163
N.B Numbers are Limited, so book now!
Essential Dress Code: Dress comfortably with a French Touch (be innovative)