The 32nd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place during the school holidays from 3 to 12 July and, with more than 100 activities spread over 10 days, there will be no shortage of fun. The programme includes numerous sporting and lifestyle events from running, cycling and adventure- racing, to food and wine-tastings, live music, a special children’s programme and of course, lots and lots of oysters!
According to Festival Manager, Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt, more than 50,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Garden Route town for the festival, which kicks off with the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary, the biggest sporting event of the 10 days.
Some of the events, including the ever-popular Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon are sold out, but tickets are still available for the exciting lifestyle events, including the Knysna Wine Festival and Night Market (Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 July); and the mid-week signature events - the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco (Wednesday 8 July), and the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Shuckle featuring Marc Lottering and Tumi Morake, where oysters and comedy take centre stage (Thursday 9 July).
Tickets are also available for The Exclusive Glenfiddich Whiskey & Live Jazz cruise aboard the Paddle Cruiser, and the Bubbly, Oysters & Chocolate Experience at Villa Castollini, two tasting events on Sunday 5 July. And if you’d like to attend the dinner to honour senior visiting Naval Officers, the Oyster Gala Dinner on Friday 10 July is open to the public and will see guests being entertained by the popular SA Navy Dance Band.
Nineteen Tabasco Hotspots are ready to serve up their own delicious take on the mollusc which takes centre stage at the festival, and a full list of Hotspots is available on the website.
The Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival presented by Humpty Dumpty Windmeul Eggs offers a full programme for children from 2-12 years old at the Festival Pavilion, which will keep the youngsters occupied while mom and dad participate in the sporting and lifestyle events. Daily activities include face painting, sand art, cooking and crafts, puppet shows and juggling workshops, and even mural painting and growing herbs for older children (8-12).
A free shuttle service will operate daily during the festival between 9:30 and 16:30 from pick up points at Pick n Pay, Waterfront Drive and Thesen Islands to the Festival Grounds, where there is ongoing free entertainment on the Sony Max stages. Catch Kahn Morbee, Kurt Darren and Desmond and the Tutus as well as a number of other bands and entertainers.
“We are looking forward to rolling out a warm welcome to all our visitors,” said Greg Vogt, CEO of Knysna Tourism. “It’s that time of the year where everyone is urged to come out of their shells and Shuck n Roll!”
For the full programme and details about all events and where to purchase tickets, visit www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za. Follow the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival on Twitter @OysterFestival or on Facebook/KnysnaOysterFestival for daily updates.