André du Preez and Brian Whitehorn.

LYDENBURG – On July 14, 1789 the French stormed the Bastille jail, and started the bloody French Revolution. More than two centuries later, this important day on the French calendar has become a valid reason to party – celebrating life, fun, food, and wine.

On Friday July 14 Lydenburg will celebrate this annual fête in true French style. Café Crust will be the go-to place, with Messieurs Brian Whitehorn and André du Preez preparing a six-course meal paired with Linton Park wines all the way from the Cape. The courses will include an apéritif, a hors d’oeuvre of ficelles picardes avec de la truite et une sauce hollandaise (crêpes with trout strips and a hollandaise sauce), followed by traditional true soupe à l’oignon, and then porc aux pruneaux with veggies. In-between, there will be more wine matching the subtle tastes.

The dessert is a tarte Tatin – as the Tatin sisters made it in ancient times – followed by fromages as any Frenchman would require.

Patrons should dress up as the French or wear red, white and blue, and make sure they have their party shoes on.

There will be live entertainment with enough singing and fun guaranteed.

Since the event aims to celebrate Lydenburg Wine Guild’s 30th anniversary, old and new members will pay R250 per person, food and paired wines included. Non-members have the choice of paying R100 extra for the wines or joining the Guild for R250. Space is limited and tickets are available at Café Crust. Enquiries: Gerda on 079-515-7799 or [email protected]

Gerda Whitehorn

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