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Knysna & Partners is setting off on an exciting journey of discovery, with the launch of a blog series titled “A Slow Route #FoodJourney”. Our stories will highlight food producers and destinations which strive towards the fundamental principles of the Slow Food Movement, which seeks to transform both our relationship with food and the way it is produced. In uncovering these local foodie gems, we hope in turn to promote food tourism in the region and the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences.
The ethos behind the movement is simple. 'Slow Food is good, clean and fair food'. In other words, the food we eat should taste good and be free of harmful additives; it should be produced in a way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.
There is a growing shift globally with regards to the way in which we view our food and the environment as a whole. The food production and consumption systems most common today are destructive to the environment and to the peoples that inhabit it and simply not sustainable. More and more people are seeking to embrace the principles of the slow food movement and it is certainly a growing trend in the Garden Route. This is apparent when visiting any bustling Farmer's Market in the region.
There are several ways in which each of us can adopt the philosophies of the slow food movement. These include:
• Avoid fast food – which damages our health, social fabric and cultural food traditions.
• Get back into the kitchen – Start cooking meals from scratch with food grown locally.
• View meals times as an opportunity to connect and engage with friends and family.
• Buy locally produced food fare - this is a key element to being a Slow Foodie. We are spoilt with wonderful farmers markets, where you can buy fresh produce grown by local farmers. By buying local produce you also radically reduce your carbon footprint.
• Buy organic and free range wherever possible
• If possible, grow some of your own produce, it is incredibly rewarding harvesting food you have grown to feed your family.
Join us on this journey. If you know of any businesses in the Greater Knysna area which are striving towards the ideals of the slow food movement, please let us know about them by emailing
Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-enspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa's premier golfing destinations. It's also the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro's philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land.
Situated it the aptly named suburb of Rexford in Knysna, Rexford Manor is a sumptuously appointed guesthouse, with spectacular, high level views of the historical town of Knysna and the picturesque lagoon.
This year’s revered Leisure Isle Festival (fondly-known as Treasure Ilse Festival) will, as in in the past, add something special to ensure that the festival provides something for everyone on November 7 and 8.
Besides the many crafts, books and plant stalls, this year’s festival includes a very special exhibition. Brian Bruce, renowned classic car collector will display some of his privately owned classic cars. “He will be displaying classic cars dating back to the 1900s right up until the 1970s,” explained Roger Vosey, Leisure Isle Festival convener.
Bruce’s display of classic cars, currently housed in a warehouse in Knysna Industria, will include several old petrol pumps and other memorabilia sure to transport festival goers to yesteryear. Antique car enthusiasts will be astonished to see some of the rare finds that Bruce has in his collection. There is a beautiful 1923 Rolls Royce Shooting Brake as well as a Raleigh Safety Seven three-wheel car that was manufactured in the 1930s. Only 300 were originally made and today, only nine are believed to have survived. Two of the three-wheelers are in South Africa, and one of lives in Knysna. Bruce has not yet decided which cars he will place on display but assured that they would be cars with a rich history. Don’t miss this display as Bruce will be on hand to share his wealth of knowledge throughout the Leisure Isle Festival.
“Knysna & Partners are excited to have Bruce on-board. We believe that his passions for this country’s heritage and his enthusiasm for Knysna to become a global classic car enthusiast’s destination will add great value to the Leisure Isle Festival. Once again we are proud to endorse this successful local festival and believe in its recipe for success,” said Greg Vogt, Knysna & Partners CEO.
With the current state of electricity within South Africa, festival goers will be well advised to visit Baden Hall at his Solar Power display during the festival. Hall is bound to enthusiastically offer advice and information on this alternate power source.
Over 100 stalls will offer old favourites as well as new items during the festival. Two past firm favourites of the Leisure Isle Festivals, the Leisure Isle Festival Open Gardens and the Knysna Arts Society Art Exhibition have returned to the festival. “We scouted around the Island and chose six gardens to showcase during the festival,” said Voysey. “Special efforts have been made to provide emerging crafters with an opportunity to showcase their products. As in the past, the focus will be on local products and crafts with participating charities running the tea garden, book sale, a beer and wine bar and several other stalls,” said Voysey.
The Leisure Isle Festival committee of Voysey, Bob Hunt, Chris Kay, Lorr Scanlen, Niall Johnston, Peter Godsell, Peter Smith and Sheena Mare have all be extremely productive preparing for this year’s festival. A festival that they believe will outshine all.
This year’s festival charity beneficiaries are Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS), e’Pap Children Feeding Scheme, Knysna/Sedgefield Hospice, Steenbok Nature Reserve, Vermont Old Age Home and Hands and Hearts Centre – incorporating Emzini.
Vosey expressed his heartfelt thanks to the festival’s founding sponsor, Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna, Knysna & Partners, leisure Isle Residents Association and the large number of organisations that provide pro”-bono services. “Without these supporters, the Leisure Isle Festival would not be possible,” he concluded.
For many years the small seaside hamlet, Buffels Bay (fondly dubbed Buffs), just 20km outside Knysna, has lured those drawn to the sea and surf. This beautiful bay is a hub for water sports enthusiasts; surfers, Stand-up-Paddle boarders (SUP) and kayakers. These water lovers often frequent this relatively sheltered beach and during December it buzzes with holiday revellers.
If you head down to Buffs on any given day (weather permitting) you will see Donovan Smith, passionate surfer and owner of Trip Out Adventures. Don is a qualified lifeguard, medic, registered tour guide, surf instructor and avid lover of the great outdoors. He is further an ardent advocate for our area, which he calls “paradise” and loves to share this passion for the diverse splendour of the Greater Knysna with his clients.
While Trip Out offers a host of guided water and land based activities including kloofing, snorkelling, stand up paddling and boating throughout Knysna and surrounds, they are best known for having some of the most experienced surf instructors in the area. Buffels Bay, a year round surfing hotspot is rarely overcrowded and the vibe among the surfers is friendly and laid-back, making it the ideal place to hone your surfing skills.
Trip Out strives to provide all their clients with a memorable and safe surfing experience. Living up to their motto - “Surfing has never been so fun and easy”! Using boards geared towards beginners, Don guarantees that newbies will be standing on their first lesson. Trip Out teaches people of various ages, so if surfing has always been on your bucket list of things to learn, give Don a call and go shred some waves!
For more info: http://www.tripout.co.za/ or call Don on 083 306 3587
Photographic company doing photographic courses and custom township tours for photographic purposes.
The Friday Supper and Craft Market is co-coordinated by a team of Montessori Staff and is run as the school's main fundraiser with the bar staffed by volunteer parents.
The ancient practice of yoga offers limitless benefits; balancing and harmonising mind, body and spirit and maximising unique potential. Develop flexibility, stamina, confidence, contentment and self-awareness.
The Featherbed Nature Reserve is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only.