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The sights, sounds and surroundings of the Knysna forest were brought right into the Oyster Festival grounds last weekend, where it stood as a replica – albeit on a much smaller scale –inside the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon registration tent.

It was a piece of beauty and a work of art, complete with audiovisual enhancements for the natural experience, all thanks to a team effort that involved the entire Knysna community, said one of organisers and honorary SANParks ranger Delle Henry.

She explained that it took a week to set up and months to plan, and this was all done for the viewing pleasure of the public and to enhance the experience of each and every entrant of the marathon weekend of the Oyster Festival.

The replica forest included several water features, and among the bush and trees hid away stuffed animals, and species that are indigenous to the Diepwalle forest, such as spotted owls and other birds, elephants, honey badgers, a duiker and leopards.

“It took a group of about 15 volunteers to coordinate the setup, we sourced products from various parts of Knysna, and incorporated the entire community, from Thesen Islands to Karatara,” said Henry, who also thanked the municipality for the use of their nursery.

They were also driving donations for SANParks to purchase a new tank for their seahorses which are on display at the SANParks offices on Thesen Island. The tank costs at least R70 000.

The Forest Tent as it became known, was a clear favourite among entrants from out of town and was also popular with families who visited the tent for a walkabout for the rest of the weekend.

Source: Knysna Plett Herald

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 06:21

A Feast of Fresh Flavours

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.

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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.

Entries

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

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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”.

Flavourful foodie fun

Among the more than 100 activities arranged over the 10-day period, a first this year is the fun
“Flavours of Knysna Tour”, a culinary journey to some of the best restaurants in and around Knysna. Taking place on Wednesday, 4 July, you’ll plan your own route using our hop-on-hop-off shuttles to visit some of the best eateries in the area and experience delicious tasters and signature dishes. An exciting competition will also run on the night, where you can cast your vote for your favourite restaurants in various categories.

Tickets can be purchased online via Webtickets or at the Money Counter at Pick n Pay stores in Knysna and George. Make sure you don’t miss – space is limited! Date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018, tickets cost R180, includes tasting voucher, free hop-on hop-off shuttles and area available at www.webtickets.co.zaor the Money Counter at Pick n Pay Knysna and George stores.

Old favourites, new venues

The Knysna Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay may be an institution, but this year’s location on Thesen Island will be a first. Come and experience the best of South Africa’s wine farms on Monday, 2 and Tuesday, 3 July. Tickets cost R150 and including a tasting glass, available at www.webtickets.co.za or the Money Counter at Pick n Pay Knysna and George stores.

Loerie Park will this year play host to various kiddies’ entertainment options and sporting events such as the Athletics SWD, Oyster Festival rugby and soccer and netball tournaments.

The Comedy Festival is always an entertainment highlight and will take place at Mitchell’s Brewery.
Don’t miss the chance to see some of SA’s top comedians and other well-known comedy personalities in action.

Sport-specific

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.

An e-bike event was introduced last year and will again be on offer, in the form of the 30km Electric Bike MTB race.

The Momentum Big5 Challenge and Big5 Lite multisport events cater for the seriously adventurous.

Enter at www.knysnacycle.co.za

Get the T-shirt!

Look out for the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival pop-up shops and info desks located in Festival zones, where you’ll be able to be to purchase Festival-branded goodies and get any info you may need.

Make sure you book soon, June is just around the corner!

 

ALL THE DETAILS:

The BIG5 Challenge and BIG5 Lite multisport events. Enter here: www.big5challenge.com

Mountain biking events on Saturday 30 June, with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, in addition to the newer 30km E-bike race. Enter here: www.knysnacycle.co.za

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday 1 July; and offers a 115km and 50km route. Enter here: www.knysnacycle.co.za

The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon are two of South Africa’s most-hotly contested running races and will take place on Saturday 7 July. Enter here: www.knysnamarathonclub.com/forest-marathon

For the full festival line-up:

http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/programme-of-events/

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

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:35

2018 Knysna Oyster Festival on track!

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has announced that this year’s event will take place from 29 June – 8 July 2018, and with more than 100 activities spread over ten days, visitors will be spoilt for choice. The premium sport and lifestyle festival has become an institution on South Africa’s winter calendar, and provides sports lovers, families and adventurers a chance to experience some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery while enjoying a host of activities.

Indulge in good food and drink with local restaurants offering special themed menus. Enjoy the best talent on various stages with concerts, comedy, fashion shows and more, while an adventure filled programme keeps the kids busy.

The sporting events of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival attracts top athletes and enthusiasts, and this year the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour celebrates its 31st anniversary. The Mountain Bike Events take place on Saturday 30 June and offer an 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km route, as well as the newer 30km E-bike race. The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Races are on Sunday 1 July, with both a 115km and 50km route.

In an exciting development this year, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour has confirmed that the 80km and 50km MTB events and the 115km Road Race will be seeding events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon are two of South Africa’s most sought-after running events and this year they take place on Saturday 7 July. Runners experience breath-taking views over the Knysna Lagoon towards the Knysna Heads, the perfect inspiration as they approach the finish.

Entries for the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon are available now.

So plan a winter holiday and discover the wonders of the Garden Route by enjoying walks in the indigenous Knysna Forest, viewing the famous Knysna Heads and taking a ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Following the devastating fires in June last year, the regrowth of the region has been phenomenal, supported by the Knysna Tourism #Knysnarises campaign.

Come and support the Knysna community and enjoy ten days of fun and adventure! Enter the marathons at www.knysnamarathonclub.com/forest-marathon. Cycle tour entries can be found at www.knysnacycle.co.za.

 

Get the full Festival line-up here:

http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/programme-of-events/

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

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We are thrilled with the attendance numbers at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival this year, particularly in light of the devastating Knysna fire which started on 7 June, just one month before the festival opened. The fire did not discourage our visitors who flocked in their thousands to support Knysna, the festival events and local businesses.

We are still getting feedback from all the event managers, but the two major events, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon were very well supported. 7,000 runners registered for the marathon, which is 5% more than last year!

We are very grateful to all our visitors for their support, the festival sponsors who made it happen in difficult circumstances and the event managers who never thought of letting us down for a moment. Not to mention all our wonderful members who bent over backwards to assist with accommodating guests who had booked in one of the many establishments that were destroyed or damaged in the fire.

I believe we made the right decision to go ahead with the festival. It was a great celebration and uplifted local people generally, even some of those who had lost everything.

It was also a much-needed economic boost to Knysna and the Garden Route, and the perfect opportunity to show the world that Knysna is still scenically beautiful and very much open for business. The thousands of visitors who were here will go home and spread the word that Knysna is okay. The many broadcast, print and digital media who were here to cover the festival will also help to get the word out internationally that Knysna is still a top tourism destination and the Knysna experience is still as appealing as ever.

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Eager mountain biking enthusiasts and Masterati BIG5 Challenge competitors gathered at the slightly chilly start of the Momentum Health MTB X course this morning.
This is a new addition to the Maserati BIG5 Challenge line up and certainly offered the most interesting post-race tales! MTB X is a combination of obstacle course racing and mountain biking, which culminates in one very exciting event. An 8km course with several obstacles formed the core of the event, with participants having to cycle and navigate (carry, drag, lift) their bikes over a series of eight obstacles to complete their laps. With obstacles named The Monster, The Rumbles and a floating bridge to contend with participants had their work cut out for them.

This afternoon sees local designers and craft food vendors come together in a celebration of everything local in the Local Design and Food Market at Woodmill Lane Centre.

If performing arts interest you then book your tickets for the Featherbed Opera Cruise. This new addition to the Festival’s entertainment line-up will involve guests being treated to performances Knysna’s own opera and vocal acts while enjoying a cruise along the Lagoon aboard the Featherbed Company’s Paddle Cruiser.

Good food and wine, fashion and an entertainment extravaganza are the order of the day at the Khayalethu Hall – ekasi style! Join in the fun at the Khayalethu Hall from 18:00

If you are in need of some light-hearted yet side-splitting entertainment the grab your tickets for an evening of comedy and laughter at the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Comedy Chuckle with comedians Kagiso Mokgadi and Nik Rabinowitz sure to keep you entertained. Tickets are R120 and can be bought through webtickets and the Knysna Tourism offices.

Still to come...
07:00 – 11:00 Greater Knysna Netball Tournament
The Hornlee Sports Field is the place to be for some fast-paced netball action with players from the greater Knysna and Eden District taking part.

08:00 FNB Family Forest Hike
This is your last chance to participate in this fun family-friendly activity this week and it is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

10:00 – 20:00 Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon Registration
Come down to the Festival Grounds to collect your registration pack for the big day on Saturday and browse the Expo to see what is new or maybe grab a replacement of something left behind.

10:30 – 18:30 Europcar Knysna Classic
Take on the Pezula Championship Golf Course in aid of a good cause. All proceeds from the day will go to Hospice Knysna.

18:00 – 22:00 Knysna Oyster Festival Rugby Tournament
11 teams are participating in what is sure to be an action-packed tournament that takes place over the next three days at Loerie Park.

20:00 Hornlee Festival – Reggae Night
Enjoy some local reggae talent from the biggest Rastafari Community in South Africa at Knysna Secondary School Hall. Entrance is R30 per person.

The Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival presented by Humpty Dumpty has a variety of activities to keep the kiddies entertained for the duration of the Festival and are situated in the festival grounds.

For the full event line-up visit www.oysterfestival.co.za

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Wednesday saw the Events and Environmental Sustainability Master Class take place at Green Chef’s at The Old Gaol. The Events incubation Programme is on one of 10 projects stemming from the Integrated Events Strategy for Cape Town and the Western Cape. The programme facilitates projects aimed at event organisers focusing on capacitation, research and impact assessments.

The Imperial Auto Festival Challenge presented the Ladies with a fantastic day out on the Pezula Championship Golf Course

Family-fun was the order of the day at the FNB Forest Family Hike. If you haven’t participated in one of these yet don’t miss you chance as the last one takes place on Friday in the Knysna forest at Harkerville. It is a great opportunity to spend time with the family in the relaxing great outdoors.

The clean-up along the Knysna Estuary culminated in the Artful Waste Challenge at the Festival Pavilion and saw wonderful art piece created around the theme or ocean conservation.

This evening sees the Festival Grounds play host to the Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday. Promising to be better than ever, the event traditionally brings together the best food Knysna has to offer in one venue, where visitors can enjoy the freshest and most delicious sea food, wine and beer tastings, fish braais and a whole lot more – fulfilling the Festival promise of having something on offer for everyone.

A firm favourite is always the Pick n Pay Fish Braai Competition, where locals battle it out for bragging rights as the Best Fish ‘braaier’ in Knysna; and there’s little doubt the ever-popular oyster eating and shucking competitions will be as action-packed as ever!

The Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna is also back as part of the evening, and top restaurants from Knysna, Sedgefield and the surrounding area will compete for the titles of best-dressed oyster and best stand with a mind-boggling show of oyster preparations judged by festival-goers.

The Momentum Health Kiddies Area is a huge plus for moms and dads – it’s fully equipped with a team of qualified of child-minders who will entertain your littlies throughout the duration of the Festival. As an added bonus, the Kiddies Area will be open until 10pm for Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday and Flavour of Knysna, so parents can enjoy the evening safe in the knowledge that their precious cargo is in good hands!

PICK N PAY SEAFOOD WEDNESDAY
Time: 17:00 – 23:00
Tickets: R20 for entrance to the Festival grounds; doesn’t include entry to the Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna
Tickets available at www.webtickets.co.za
PICK N PAY FLAVOURS OF KNYSNA
Time: 18:00 – 21:00
Tickets: R180 includes wine glass, tasting booklet and entry to Seafood Wednesday
Tickets available at www.webtickets.co.za

Still to come...
08:00 – 11:00 Momentum Health MTB X
This is a new addition to the Maserati BIG5 Challenge line up and promises to offer the most interesting post-race tales! MTB X is a combination of obstacle course racing and mountain biking, which culminates in one exciting event. An 8km course with several obstacles forms the core of the event, with participants having to cycle and navigate (carry, drag, lift) their bikes to complete laps. Participants can either ride over obstacles if they are skilled enough, or shoulder their bike and clamber over them.

15:00 – 19:00 Local Design and Food Market
Head on down to Woodmill Lane Centre to support local and indulge in the designers wares and craft food that is on offer.

17:30 for 18:00 Featherbed Opera Cruise
This new addition to the Festival’s entertainment line-up will involve guests being treated to performances Knysna’s own opera and vocal acts while enjoying a cruise along the Lagoon aboard the Featherbed Company’s Paddle Cruiser.

18:00 – 23:30 Green Carpet Kasi Vibes Event
Good food and win, fashion and an entertainment extravaganza are the order of the day at the Khayalethu Hall – ekasi style!

19:00 – 21:00 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Comedy Chuckle
Prepare yourself for a side-splitting evening of comedy and laughter at the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Comedy Chuckle with comedians Kagiso Mokgadi and Nik Rabinowitz sure to keep you entertained. Cost: R120

The Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival presented by Humpty Dumpty has a variety of activities to keep the kiddies entertained for the duration of the Festival and are situated in the festival grounds.

For the full event line-up visit www.oysterfestival.co.za

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Early this morning eager paddlers gathered at the Knysna Yacht Club to participate in the Harbour2Heads Lagoon Challenge, a marathon style canoe event on the beautiful Knysna Lagoon Estuary.

The second day of the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour hosted the road races. The longest distance was the challenging 115 km road race followed the route introduced three years ago, which was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies. It took cyclists from Knysna to Sedgefield, Karatara and Barrington, and back to Knysna.

While the racing snakes fought it out on the tar the Festival Grounds were a hive of activity as the Spur Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tour kept the aspiring future cycling stars busy in their fun races.

The Hornlee Hotel Pool Competition took place at Hornlee Nite Spot. This single elimination pool tournament saw the best pool players in Knysna compete for the glory of being the last man standing.

The second event in the Maserati BIG5 Challenge was the Featherbed Knysna Dragons Lagoon Mile swim. The 1,65km open-water swim got competitors into the chilly water as they continued with their race campaigns to become overall champions.

Still to come...
08:00 FNB Forest Family Hike
The Family Hike is an opportunity for all ages of Festival goers to enjoy the deep indigenous forests. There are well-marked, safe short, medium and longer courses to suit all types enjoying time out together in nature. Participants can engage with educational talks, entertainment, prizes plus pre- and post hike food and drinks in a weather protected Bedouin tent

16:30 Welcoming of the SA Navy Vessel
Welcome the South African Navy as they enter Knysna through the Heads, this rough section of sea is a well-known challenge, come and watch!

17:30 – 20:30 Knysna Wine Festival and Night Market
The Knysna Wine Festival is the premiere showcase for local wines at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival held annually in Knysna.
It has a proven track record of 11 years, and is associated with quality South African wines. “We originally wanted to launch an exclusive Wine Festival in the Garden Route. One which would allow guest to interact with high profile vintners while tasting their wines,” explained Belinda. As a result, the Knysna Wine Festival was born and it joined the successful Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival in 2005. The now long-standing Knysna Wine Festival is the premiere social event of the Knysna Oyster Festival.

19:00 Hornlee Oyster Fashion Show and Talent Show
This is a red-carpet event with a fashion show, cheese and wine and a showcase of local designers. The talent show will provide entertainment by locals for everyone.

The Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival presented by Humpty Dumpty has a variety of activities to keep the kiddies entertained for the duration of the Festival and are situated in the festival grounds.

For the full event line-up visit www.oysterfestival.co.za

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The legendary Harkerville Trails are considered mountain biking and trail running Utopia. We provide the opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to absorb the magic of these famous forests with friends and family. You can loosen up your off-day legs with a brisk hike over a longer 10km distance or amble the shorter 6km and 2.5km walks at fairy listening pace. Who knows, you may just spot a Knysna Loerie, or better, an elephant. Our aim is to educate the ecological importance of the forests whilst embracing quality family time, health and wellness for all ages in an eco-friendly way.

Participants not only receive a long sleeve Merrell Family Hike jacket valued at over R800, kids beanies, buffs and other fantastic gifts, but are treated to an entertaining talk on the fascinating history of the region, intimate information about the rare forest plant and animal species and more.

Pre and post hike they also enjoy FNB’s famous hospitality in a cosy & stylish marquee including hot soup, snacks, massage, music, colouring in competitions, amazing lucky draw prizes and more.

DATES: Monday 10 July, Wednesday 12 July and Friday 14 July
TIMES: Between 9am and 12pm
PRICES: Adults: R395 [includes a Forest Family Hike branded top valued at R800]
Kids: R150 [includes buff and gifts worth R150]
[Kids = 12yrs and younger]

Enter online at: http://www.electricink.co.za/forest-family-hike/
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram : @fnbforesthike

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