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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 06:21

A Feast of Fresh Flavours

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Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and Pick n Pay Knysna invite all Smart Shoppers and their partners to the first-ever Fresh Taste of Pick n Pay.

At the event, you'll be served scrumptious delights; and as you'd expect from Knysna hospitality, you'll be offered the chance to indulge in fresh oysters, accompanied by Heinz Hot Sauce. This will be rounded off with the perfect wine or bubbly from Van Loveren wines. What better way to spend your day?

For this wonderful treat of authentic flavours and live music, join us on Wednesday 4 July between 4 and 7pm at the Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre. For your convenience, there will be two sessions, the first from 4 - 5.30pm and the second from 5.30pm - 7pm. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment! Click here to confirm.

You can now watch and share the stunning video, #SpiritofKnysna, which is the hero of Knysna Tourism’s new destination marketing campaign.

The video, which was filmed in Knysna and Sedgefield and showcases the lagoon, forest and beaches, was produced by local filmmaker Daron Chatz using local personalities and models from Ace Models. The original soundtrack was written and recorded by local musician Tigger Reunert.

The video was made possible with funds from Wesgro who gave Knysna Tourism R100,000 to market the town following the fires of June last year.

Chairperson of Knysna Tourism Elmay Bouwer says that the campaign is the next major step after the #KnysnaRises campaign. “For the purposes of marketing the Greater Knysna area, we need to begin to share the magic of Knysna again with the world. The message of our previous campaign was to show the world that we were still open for business, despite the fires of 7 June 2017. Now our message is, come and experience that unique spirit that Knysna has demonstrated in rising above the trauma of the past year; the unique spirit that you will find in our scenic beauty, our people, our sunsets.”

The video is available on the Knysna Tourism website.

Also look out for new billboards on the N2, a new sign outside Knysna Tourism and new social media covers.

Eden residents are invited to join Greenpop for two sustainability workshops, and several free, active Open Days throughout the three-week event.

Join Greenpop in planting thousands of trees and begin the process of regreening the Garden Route in the wake of the devastating fires of June 2017.

In order to make the Eden Festival of Action as accessible as possible to all, Greenpop are offering limited spaces to join a number of their activations throughout the event.

These one-day activations will be free of charge and allow eager, active locals to participate in the festival without needing to camp out or stay for a full week-long programme.

In addition to the open days, two in-depth sustainability workshops will be held on the 12th of July: An Introduction to Permaculture with Philippa Mallac, and An Introduction to Biomimicry with Sue Swain.

Each four hour workshop costs R150 and includes lunch at Peace of Eden.

Greenpop is an award-winning social-environmental non-profit enterprise, bringing their seventh Festival of Action to the Eden District this year to regenerate habitats and restore ecosystems, as well as creating mass environmental impact by planting indigenous trees, building beehives and creating environmental art.

Come and get stuck in at one or more of their amazing venues, learn about environmental topics, make friends, work hard and have a bit of fun!

Open Days & Workshops Schedule:

25 June

Urban Greening

Raphaeli Waldorf School, Plettenberg Bay

26 June

Reforestation

Phantom Forest, Knysna

27 June

Weeding Wednesday

Pledge Nature Reserve, Knysna

28 June

Reforestation

Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna

4 July

Weeding Wednesday

Pledge Nature Reserve, Knysna

4 July

Reforestation

Heartland School of Self Sufficiency, Elandskraal

5 July

Beach Clean Up

Sedgefield Beach

6 July

Reforestation

Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna

9 July

Alien Clearing

Goukamma Nature Reserve, Knysna

11 July

Reforestation

Heartland School of Self Sufficiency, Elandskraal

11 July

Weeding Wednesday

Pledge Nature Reserve, Knysna

12 July

Workshops

Peace of Eden, Rheenendal

13 July

Reforestation

Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna

Open Day RSVP: http://bit.ly/EdenOpenDays
Workshop Bookings: http://bit.ly/EdenWorkshops

Once you have RSVP'ed Greenpop will send you a mail a week before the open day with more information on what to bring, what to expect and when/where to meet.

For further information:
Website: www.greenpop.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Greenpop
Twitter: @Greenpop
Instagram: @GreenpopSA
Phone: +27(0)21 461 9265
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Wine Festival gets royal treatment with stylish new venue

The Knysna Wine Festival may be an institution, but this year’s new location on Thesen Island will be a first for the well-known event. On Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July wine lovers will have the chance to experience over 200 wines from more than 50 wine producers, as well as sample deliciously different craft liquors from across the Cape Winelands and Garden Route.
Said Wine Festival Director, Belinda Hobson: “We wanted to launch an exclusive wine festival in the Garden Route which would not only give visitors the chance to experience a vast range of delicious wines, but also meet and interact with the winemakers. And so, the Knysna Wine Festival was born. There was obvious synergy with the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, and we joined forces in 2005.”

As new presenting partner of the Knysna Wine Festival, Pick n Pay is bringing back the Pick n Pay Wine Club Tasting Room, were visitors can enjoy a range of food-and-wine pairings hosted by an expert in the field. Learn why oysters pair best with a crisp Riesling, or if it’s true that a Shiraz or Cabernet are the perfect companion to a sizzling steak, for example. So make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment!

For the chance to win two tickets to the Festival, including guaranteed entry to the exclusive Pick n Pay Wine Club Tasting Room, sign up at www.picknpay.co.za/wineclub during June using the reference KOF2018. One winner will be drawn every Friday for four weeks. T&Cs apply.

The Pick n Pay Wine Club is a free-to-join club that’s open to anyone who enjoys a good bottle of wine at a great price. All members receive 20% off the Wine Buyers’ Top 10 wines every month in addition to exclusive offers, competitions and invitations to events. As a Wine Club member you’ll also receive free delivery when buying wine online, making stocking up on all your favourites easy and hassle-free!

Tickets are available online at www.webtickets.co.za or at the Money Counters at Pick n Pay Knysna and George. Tickets will also be available at Knysna and Sedgefield Tourism Offices from the first week of June.

Every year the Festival is geared towards raising funds for communities in and around Knysna and this particular event will donate a portion of the door takings to the Little Angels Day Care Centre for challenged and otherwise-abled children in the Knysna District.
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For more information please contact Belinda Hobson on 074 456 2253 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Three young entrepreneurs from the Knysna Township will present a Colour Splash Party, a Colour Fun Run and a Fashion Extravaganza at this year's Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Municipality’s Economic Development team – under the leadership of Ilse van Schalkwyk, has made a difference in the lives of three event managers from the local Community. After a selection process – Oliver Mabukane, Bulelane Memane and Vuvu Ralushe were chosen to receive a small sponsorship from the Knysna Municipality in order to enable them to host their events in the township and at Club Vinyl on Main Road during this year’s Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. The Knysna Municipality has also provided funding for a mentor, who has experience in presenting larger events, to provide some guidance to these young entrepreneurs. The Municipality has subsidized a large aspect of their marketing budget – allowing the events to create professional posters, video clips and other promotional material.

Bulelani - who will be hosting the Colour Splash Party – featuring well known Johannesburg DJ Bongs on Saturday 30 June at Club Nitelife in Dam Se Bos - feels strongly that there is a real need for well organised events that cater for all cultures to take place in the Knysna Township. “The reality at present is that people are traveling to George and Oudtshoorn in order to enjoy a gathering that appeals to them. The Municipal assistance will enable us to have the confidence and knowledge to put on top quality events in our areas for our local people. This will boost the local economy in the future - by providing job opportunities for people in these communities where the lack of employment is a daily reality for many.”

Oliver owns the Knysna Ikasi Experience that is a registered events company that is affiliated to the NPO – the Yona-Yethu Initiative. This initiative’s main focus is on the development of the youth and the local economy. The Ikasi Colour Fun Run – that will be followed by a street bash After Party will take place on Sunday 1 July 2018. The Knysna Marathon Club will kindly be assisting with the registration for this event and the start will be at the Khayalethu Community Hall – with the 4.7km run finishing at the Concordia CDC. This will be the first organized fun run to take place in the township and Oliver hopes that this event will become a highlight on the annual calendar.

Sidwell Vuvu Ralushe – will host the Green Carpet Fashion Extravaganza at Club Vinyl on the Main Street of Knysna on Sunday 8 July – with help from Club co- owner - Charmaine Krijger. Vuvu was born and raised in Knysna and matriculated at Percy Mdala High school in 2003. “My event will showcase local designers and models while township DJs, a break dancer and a fun photo booth option will add to the flavor of the event. We hope to sell tickets to people from all cultures and walks of life with our regular entry, VIP and VVIP options.” Vuvu has hosted a few events in Knysna in the past.

Festival supporters are encouraged to support these three events and they can find out more details at www.oysterfestival.co.za and can purchase tickets at the Knysna Tourism offices.

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival and the Mr Gay World Competition ended on a high note last week with the crowning of the new Mr Gay World 2018, Australia’s Jordan Bruno at a glittering ceremony in Knysna on Saturday 26 May.

After spending a week in Knysna exploring the sights, helping out through community work and participating in various challenges, the 10th edition of Mr Gay World ended in the Grand Finale where the King was revealed. Ricky Devine-White from New Zealand was crowned the first prince, having scooped several wins during the evening, including the sports challenge, best written test, best swimwear. Second prince is Mr Gay World India, Samarpan Maiti.

Mr Gay Costa Rica, Miguel Rodriguez won best social media campaign and South Africa entrant Karabo Morake walked away with a win as the best national costume, designed by Floris Louw. Mr Portugal was chosen by the other delegates to be Mr Congeniality. Each category winner walked away with various sponsored prizes, as did the overall winner.

Several local sponsors and supporters like flyMango.com and Knysna Tourism joined international brands like Hornet to make the event possible as part of the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival which also took place this week. The highlight of this festival was the Street Parade and Party also on Saturday 26 May, preceding the Mr Gay World Grand Finale. A full gallery of images from the parade is available on Knysna Tourism’s Facebook page.

A competition launched to encourage local businesses and shops in Knysna to participate in the Pink Loerie festival by decorating their shop fronts for the occasion, was won by Café Pedro at 20 on Main. The prize has been sponsored by www.facebook.com/CraigDuToitNelPage and is worth R9,000. It is a 7 day/6 night stay for 2 people including breakfast in self-catering chalets at Out Of Africa Village Lodge in Hartbeespoort in the North West.

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, taking place this year between Friday, 29 June and Sunday, 8 July, has long been an annual pilgrimage for marathon runners and road cyclists. Over the years the range of sporting events on offer at the Festival has grown significantly to include a swim across the lagoon, paddling, trail running, mountain biking, golf, as well as the Momentum Big5 Challenge and Momentum Big5 Lite for accomplished multisport athletes.

For cyclists particularly, the Festival has a lot to offer, with the long-standing favourites firmly in place to challenge some of the top riders in the country, as well as those seeking fun and a bit of adventure for the family.

The first weekend of the Festival sees the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Events kick off festivities on Saturday, 30 June, with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, in addition to the newer 30km E-bike race. The inaugural E-bike race was a great success last year and the event looks forward to a bigger field of entrants this year. The challenging trails of the MTB routes through the Garden Route’s forests and farmlands really cater for riders of all skills levels.

Pro cyclist Matt Beers, who is on top form after recently winning the KAP sani2c with experienced NAD Pro teammate Nico Bell, says the Knysna cycling events are ones he will keep coming back to. He will be competing in the 80km mountain bike and 115km road cycle events.

“I’ve been doing it since I started racing and I have come 3rd twice and 2nd once so I am looking to win it this year, and I will do the road race the next day as well, as that has become the tradition. We have to show the roadies how it’s done, despite the fact that us mountain bikers may be a bit fatigued from the day before, I like the challenge,” he says.

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Race on Sunday, 1 July, features a 115km and a 50km route. In an exciting development this year, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour has confirmed that the 115km road race, along with the 80km and 50km mountain bike races will be seeding qualifying events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday, 1 July is not a timed race, but a more relaxed scenic 30km or 20km route for mountain bikers, into the forests above Simola and past some of Knysna’s dams.

Also on Sunday, 1 July, the Spur Rotary Childrens Cycle Tour makes the cycling at the Festival a family affair, and parents of 2-10 year olds can watch their children take part in the 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10 year-old categories at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival grounds at Waterfront Drive.

Multisport

The Momentum Big5 Challenge and Big5 Lite is for athletes who choose to participate in five of the Festival’s sports events between Friday, 29 June and Saturday, 7 July. Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be the race winner. The Momentum BIG5 Challenge has become a bucket list item on the international endurance and adventure race calendar, mainly due to the challenging events, but also because of the unbelievable natural beauty experienced at all of the five races.

Relax

Enjoying the fun and entertainment on offer throughout the week of the Festival is a great way to relax after you have made your mark on the sports events, so sign up now and get your training on track to enjoy an action-packed holiday.

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The full festival line-up, with links to enter all the sporting events, can be found on the website at: http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/programme-of-events/

Book your accommodation packages with us at www.oysterfestival.co.za/accommodation

Direct link to the cycling events: www.knysnacycle.co.za

Mountain biking events on Saturday 30 June, with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, in addition to the newer 30km E-bike race. The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour on Sunday 1 July, with a 115km and 50km route.

For news and updates follow us on Facebook @KnysnaOysterFestival, Twitter @oysterfestival or Instagram @knysnaoysterfestival

Knysna Tourism’s new destination marketing campaign, #SpiritofKnysna, kicks off this week with the launch of our video on Thursday 7 June. The two-minute video was filmed in Knysna and Sedgefield and showcases the lagoon, forest and beaches. It was produced by local filmmaker Daron Chatz using local personalities and models from Ace Models. The original soundtrack was written and recorded by local musician Tigger Reunert.

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The video was made possible with funds from Wesgro who gave Knysna Tourism R100,000 to market the town following the fires of June last year.

Chairperson of Knysna Tourism Elmay Bouwer says that the campaign is the next major step after the #KnysnaRises campaign. “For the purposes of marketing the Greater Knysna area, we need to begin to share the magic of Knysna again with the world. The message of our previous campaign was to show the world that we were still open for business, despite the fires of 7 June 2017. Now our message is, come and experience that unique spirit that Knysna has demonstrated in rising above the trauma of the past year; the unique spirit that you will find in our scenic beauty, our people, our sunsets.”

The video will be available on the Knysna Tourism website. Also look out for new billboards on the N2, a new sign outside Knysna Tourism and new social media covers.

 

 
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Read more here

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If you aren’t already planning to be at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from Friday, 29 June – Sunday, 8 July, here are a few ‘tasters’ to entice you to book your holiday now and join us for “the best 10 days of winter”.

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

See Horizon's Tale live at Vinyl on Main this Saturday, 2 June 2018 form 8pm at Vinyl on Main

Click here for more information

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Join Vinyl on Main every Wednesday for a night of fun & karaoke! Support or choose your favourite song to sing! Happy 2 hours from 8-10pm

Click here for more information

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Tonya Koenderman performs LIZA with a T at Bloo Bistro on Wednesday, 4 Jujy from 9pm.

For more information & bookings contact: 082 923 1185

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FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

The Friday Night Market is in hibernation until first Friday of September 2018.

For more info contact: 044 382 5316

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WILD OATS MARKET

Don't miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 - 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

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HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it's definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am - 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

SPECIALS

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THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. For more information contact: 0443827331

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Butterfly Blu Restaurant at Brenton Haven presents; a new menu Click here for more information

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Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun.

For more information call: 044 389 0092

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Luscious Lavender Hair Experience, Tension Release Scalp Massage with Lavender Oil Hair Mask Wrap Duration: 45 min

For more information contact: +27 (0)44 302 5727/8

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Join 34 South for lunches, business lunches, lunch breaks, light lunches. Everyday we have something different.

Click here for more information

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Mitchells Brew Pub presents Thurday Pint Night - Buy one get one free & from 6pm - 8pm get a free 340ml draft with any gourmet burger.

For more info contact: 044 382 4685

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:19

Knysna Day of Appreciation

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Join us for the Knysna Day of Appreciation held at Pledge Nature Reserve. This is a private initiative, arranged by a group of locals, to recognise the losses suffered by so many in the area and remember and appreciate the magnificent deeds, support and assistance from within our community and beyond. We’ll plant a commemorative tree and listen to local school choirs/musicians.

Ashley Barnes from Knysna Rocks will facilitate the launch of “Healing Hearts of Knysna”. Community members are invited to contribute pebbles, painted with a message of appreciation, encouragement and/or hope or bring your own pebble and paint it at the event. The painted pebbles will be mounted into the shape of a giant heart and mounted at a future date. Painted pebbles may also be dropped of at The German Shop or Metelerkamps, before the event. Smooth, rounded palm-sized pebbles should be decorated with acrylic paint and preferably sealed with acrylic sealant.

Guests have the opportunity to buy a tree for R200 at the Reserve. In return they will receive a Pledge Dertificate, and the trees will be planted in identified area after the event.

The entrance fee is R10 per adult or child. All proceeds will go towards the rehabilitation of the Reserve.
Eats and drinks will also be available for purchase on the day

For enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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