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From The Knysna Winter Festival to Knysna Oyster Festival to Virtual

Thursday, 04 June 2020 10:17 Written by 
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Running every year in June/July, the Knysna Oyster Festival, originally known as the Knysna Winter Festival, first began in 1983 and has since become a staple of the Garden Route’s winter festivities.

Traditionally, the festival is jam-packed with activities sure to appeal to just about everyone. From oysters and wine to live entertainment and sports, the Knysna Oyster Festival is one of the most popular events in the country, a signature event of the Western Cape and a favourite for locals and visitors alike. What makes it so special is the incredible diversity of events on offer – from the annual Cycle Tour and Forest Marathon races to whisky pairings and live music – everyone is catered for at this festival.

Race in the morning and relax in the evening, then repeat!

The first festival, which was originally known as the Knysna Winter Festival and spearheaded by local businessman Dick Ginsberg and Rose Smith, from the then Knysna Publicity Office, consisted of mainly sports events, featuring a marathon, rugby, golf, squash and bowls. It was only in 1985 that cycling, now a major drawcard, became part of the festival. The main idea behind the festival was to bring people to Knysna during the winter months and it has since become one of THE biggest winter festivals.

Although this year will not bring people together physically, the decision to keep the long standing history unabated as a “virtual” event will ensure that not only can you now still be part of your favourite festival but you can also join in the fun from anywhere in the world!

Entries for the Virtual Knysna Forest Marathon have opened. Runners can choose from a 10km, 21km and 42km to complete in their own time between 26 June and 4 July. For more details, and to enter visit their website: https://knysnamarathonclub.com/forest-marathon/

Cycle Tour information will be unveiled shortly.  Stand by….

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