This year’s Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is well and truly underway, with sport, food and wine events and loads of family activities keeping holiday makers busy in the much-loved Garden Route town and surrounding areas.
The first major sporting event, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour, kicked off with four MTB events on Saturday, followed on Sunday by road races and family events. Warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine and absolutely no wind on Sunday meant that both the elite riders and families out to have fun, had the perfect day. Inflatable fun and many other children’s activities created a brilliant setting for parents to enjoy real Knysna hospitality while children were kept entertained.
Two local entrepreneurs supported by the Knysna Municipality held their Festival events over the weekend. Bulelani Memane was over the moon at the 900 people who attended his iSkeem sePotsoyi Colour Splash Party at the Nitelife Tavern at Dam se Bos on Saturday night. Joburg DJ Oskido helped to draw the crowds who partied till the early hours of Sunday morning.
80 runners lined up for the inaugural iKasi Colour Fun Run that saw them wind their way through 4,7km of Knysna’s township streets. Oliver said it went very well and he learnt a lot, and he looks forward to growing it into one of the big events at the Festival each year.
The 13th Knysna Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay began on Monday evening at its stunning new location on Thesen Island. Organiser Belinda Hobson said: “It’s been a wonderful start to the event. Despite the turn in the weather today, people have come out in numbers to experience the 200 wines from 50 different suppliers, and local craft beers and craft gin are also represented this year. Our beneficiary is Little Angels Day Care Centre for challenged and otherwise-abled children in the Knysna District, so we are thrilled with the turnout this evening, and look forward to another busy night tomorrow.”
Also turning out despite the weather on Monday, were families of hikers, young and old, for the first of three FNB Forest Family Hikes taking place in the Harkerville Forest. The Momentum Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim took place in tough swimming conditions, while many festival goers chose to explore the restaurants of Knysna in search of Heinz Hot Sauce Oyster Hotspots. 20 participating restaurants have included a special Hot Spot dish on their menu, accompanied by Heinz “shucking good” hot sauces. Heinz can also be found at the Oyster Shucking Competition at Woodmill Lane Shopping centre on Friday where they will be handing out fresh oysters perfectly paired with Heinz Shuckin’ good hot sauces.
Knysna Tourism chair Elmay Bouwer says the first few days of the Festival have been fantastic. “We have had loads of positive feedback from cyclists of all skills and ages, and we are very pleased at how well the events went for our local entrepreneurs too. Community involvement in the Festival is essential to its continued growth and success. The importance of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival to the economy of this area cannot be overestimated and we are very grateful to all the role players who have put on such an incredible and varied event for our visitors.”
There is much to look forward to as the Festival continues until Sunday.
With registration for the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon happening today, there'll be lots of action at the Festival Grounds including inflatable fun and games for the kids,and the Momentum Health Kiddies Area. Down at the Hornlee Sports Grounds you can watch the Oyster Festival Netball Tournament today from 6pm to 11pm and tomorrow from 9am to 6pm. Emo Adams will be entertaining the crowds at Knysna Secondary School from 6.30pm.
Tomorrow, Saturday, is the Forest Marathon - catch the vibe at the start and finish on the Festival Grounds. The Official Knysna Oyster Festival After Party at WHE+ Restaurant on Thesen Harbour Town is not to be missed with an epic music line up including Absolutely Fabulous, Fire and Stix, DJ Mickey & DJ Nick. There will be big screen TVs for rugby fanatics and dance floors that are guaranteed to leave you breathless! Limited menus and a cash bar will be the order of the day and it's strictly NO UNDER 18s. IDs must be produced at the entrance. Tickets available at www.webtickets.co.za.
Saturday's House of Entertainment Show at Hornlee Civic Centre will be an evening of live music and fun, featuring House of Entertainment Band Paul Amas, Aniel Ewerts and Lesinda Stalmeester.
On Sunday, make an early start with the Houtkapper Trail Run consisting of 9km, 15km and 27km in a scenic forest setting. The Road & safety briefing will be at 08:15 (compulsory) and the races starts at 08:30. For more information contact Gavin Bezuidenhoudt on 083 502 7935.
Also, don't miss the Knysna Oyster Festival Soccer Tournament finals at Hornlee Sports Ground, from 3pm - 9pm.
The Green Carpet Fashion Extravaganza at Vinyl on Main, from 3pm - 11pm is a cultural fashion show linked to nature. Local designer’s will showcase their latest ranges and there will be over six hours of local music and entertainment by DJ’s from Knysna and George and our very own jazz band. Local beadwork, jewellery and accessories will be available from the stalls inside the venue. Knysna Selfie will be at the venue for your instant photo prints! Come looking your best - the theme of the event is “Afrocentric outfit” or “denim and white”. Contact event manager Vuvu on 060 743 4082 for more info.
For the full programme please visit: www.oysterfestival.co.za