2023 Festival Information

Presence of Cape Talk Radio Station

Cape Talk radio station will provide two outside broadcasts. Hosting these will be Pippa Hudson (on Friday 19 May) and Sara-Jayne Makwala King (on Saturday 20 May).

Together with the Festival, News 24 is co-hosting the first session of the 2023 programme, under the title: News24 Breakfast: The Next New South Africa. It will run a News24 Lounge in the Town Hall, where people will be able to sit, read and relax – and take out a News24 subscription if they so wish. Note that FLF members will be able to obtain a 10% discount on News24’s event, ‘Off the Record’, which is taking place in Cape Town on 25 May. News24 will also have roving reporters covering the Festival.

Franschhoek Restaurants

Franschhoek is filled with a variety of wonderful restaurants and cafés, and we recommend booking your tables in advance to avoid disappointment. For a list of restaurants, visit the Franschhoek Wine Valley website

Where to Stay

From boutique hotels to self-catering cottages and Provençal-style villas, there is much great accommodation to choose from for your Festival weekend. We recommend that you book as soon as possible. You can find a list via the Franschhoek Wine Valley website.


Off-street and on-street parking is available within Franschhoek during the Festival.

Glorious Food on the Festival Lawn

Founding sponsor Porcupine Ridge will once again create a festive atmosphere on the Festival Lawn outside the Town Hall on the main road. They’ll be serving delicious pulled-pork sandwiches paired with their delicious, easy-drinking wines; and you will be able to lounge on their giant bean bags (and under umbrellas) as you watch festival participants go by.

Necessary food on the move at the Festival Hub

The new Festival Hub, situated just outside the Town Hall on the main road, will offer on-the-move food for those needing to grab quick-and-easy bites or coffee during breaks or between back-to-back sessions.

Coffee Stations

There are three conveniently located coffee stations at the Festival: one at the Festival Hub (see above), and two more at the Town Hall and at Hospice Hall.

Exclusive Books Pop-up Store

Buy books at the Exclusive Books pop-up store in the Town Hall. Book sales also take place at each venue where a session is held.


All good! We have generators and back-up power.


All the entrances to our venues are wheelchair friendly.

Health & Safety

The safety of our visitors, staff and participating authors and guests is, as always, our top priority. We are following all the necessary preventive measures to ensure that the Franschhoek Literary Festival is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Please direct all general enquiries to hello@flf.co.za