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Thursday, 07 July 2016 13:57

Gymkhana Race benefits charities

Despite the cold and windy weather that welcomed the beginning of the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster festival, all of its excitement and fun was not lost.

Feet were placed firmly on the action accelerator during the Gymkhana Car Race that took place at Loerie Park on Saturday, July 2. This CX Sound and Motorsport in collaboration with the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival event proved to be a success for the third year running.

With approximately 12 entries and 80 spectators, Jacques Bower, CX Sound and Motorsport chairman said that he definitely believes the event has a promising future.

Drivers as young as 6 years-of-age showed their mettle in the four categories determined by engine sizes.

Young Jacques-Junior Bower (6) was thrilled that his father, Jacques had managed to complete his kit mini Lotus 7 in time for the race.

“His father finished the car at 01:00 this morning [race day],” said his mother, Charma. According to his parents his face lit up when he noticed that not only was the car complete but Shabby T’s, the sticker manufacturers had managed to apply their handiwork in time for the race.

“Fortunately I could take Jacques-Junior for a drive in the car before he competed on race-day,” said his father. According to both Chama and Jacques their son started to drive once his tippy-toes could reach the three peddles.

The category winners were as follows:

Front Wheel – 4 Cylinder first place, fastest of the day and in first place in his FW-4 category – Willie Stander – White Opel Kadett (SuperBoss) (43.12 Seconds) and 2nd place – Tony Lyon-Lewis – MG Club – Green 1964 Austin Mini Cooper S (48.69 Seconds)
Front Wheel– 6 Cylinder first place, class of his own - Adrian Pofadder – Navy Blue Mk 3 Golf VR6 (45.75 Seconds)
Rear Wheel – 4 Cylinder - Ron Hollis from the Knysna MG Club took first place in his white 1964 MG Midget (44.66 Seconds), and in second place was Jacques Bower – CX Sound and Motor Club Chairman – Maroon Mk 2 Ford Escort (47.16 Seconds)
Rear Wheel – 6 Cylinder - Local Policeman, Francois Cowley in his Brown E30 “Boxie” BMW (45.72), and in second Place, Charlon Appels – White 5 Series BMW (52.71)
The trophies were manufactured by Club members using upcycled old engine parts.

This year’s entry cost a mere R10 and all proceeds will be donated to local charities. “The purpose of this event is to provide a safe and controlled space for street racers to do what they love. It is further acts as platform to train these drivers and provide them with the skills they need,” concluded Jacques.

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Two of last year’s Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour road race winners, were back on the podium again this year following today’s 115 km event.

In a thrilling sprint finish Stefan Ihlenfeldt, who was third last year, beat defending champion Nolan Hoffman in a time of 2:59:48, by just a second. Third, by a millisecond was Tyler Day. The first 21 riders across the line were bunched from some distance before the finish line and finished just 7 seconds apart.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ihlenfeldt, who has competed in the last six Knysna Cycle Tour road races, was delighted with his win. “The race started off very cold. I think everyone struggled with the below zero temperature, so the race wasn’t too hard from the start as no-one really had the legs. It started getting form about 60 km into the race with small breaks getting away. I was in the last breakaway and we were well represented as Team Lights by Linea with teammates James Tennent and Rohan du Plooy, and that forced the other teams to pull the break back so me and Dirkie Nel could just sit in the bunch and play the waiting game. Dirkie had the timing perfect to get me safely around the last corner, and I managed to pull away.”

Defending ladies champion Anriettte Schoeman, who has competed in 18 Knysna Cycle Tour races and was also Queen of the Mountain today, beat Carmen Buchacher by a second with a time of 03:06:39. Third was Samantha Sanders (03:10:52).

Says Schoeman: “This year they changed the route slightly and cut out Hoekville, which made it a little bit easier but the climbing was still severe. It wasn’t steep, just very long. Luckily I had fresh legs and I stuck with Carmen, who is a very good climber, because I knew that if I could stick with her to the finish, I could beat her in the sprint.
“I really enjoy the race and that’s why I keep coming back every year.
Sanders and Buchacher were second and third to winner Yolande de Villiers in yesterday’s 80 km MTB event.

Carel Bosman, Sponsorships Manager for Momentum, one of the two naming sponsors of the cycle tour, said that he was very pleased with the events this year.

“There are two key things that make us really excited about being associated with the Knysna Cycle Tour. Firstly, Momentum is all about financial wellness, but we believe that your health is your wealth. People who are moderately active claim 50% less than those who are not, so we strongly promote an active lifestyle. It was fantastic to see thousands of cyclists going out this weekend and being proactive about their health. The other thing that makes this event the perfect fit for Momentum is the family factor; seeing youngsters, the elderly and everyone in between competing in the different races. There’s pretty much a race for everyone and it’s not about winning, it’s really just about being active.”

Marketing Director of the Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn confirmed that the event is growing and that there was a record number of about 6,000 cyclists competing in the MTB and road races this weekend, which is about 10% more than last year.

“Despite extremely cold conditions today and yesterday, the cyclists enjoyed themselves and their families and friends turned up in good numbers to support them at the start and finish, spend time on the field watching the SPUR Children’s Tour and basically enjoy themselves in the winter sunshine.

“The Family Forest Dam Ride was fully prescribed this year and is becoming a must-do event for families attending the annual Oyster Festival,” he said.

The Festival continues until 10 July. Visit www.oysterfestival.co.za for the full programme.

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Nearly 4,000 riders competed in the first major sporting event of the 2016 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival this morning - the MTB events of the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour.

Marketing Director for the race, Andrew Finn said that conditions for the race were perfect for mountain bikers. “It was slippery and muddy because of all the rain we had yesterday, and I think that is why times were not as fast as last year.”

Riders set off in clear but chilly conditions from 08:00 this morning when the gun was fired by Knysna Executive Mayor, Georlene Wolmarans, but the sun shone through a cloudy sky and there was no rain.

First over the line in the main event of the day, the 80 km MTB, was HB Kruger in 03:01:50. A sprint over the line saw Waylon Woolcock finish second (03:01:51) and Matthew Beers third in a split second time difference. (Last year’s winner, Matthys Beukes finished in a course record of 02:52:12.)

Speaking after the race, Kruger said that conditions were quite technical. “It was very muddy, and I had actually deflated my tyres too much and had to stop to bomb them to get the pressure up again. But it was a nice route and a good challenge.”

Kruger, who races professionally for Team Telkom, established a lead from the start in a group with five other riders. “I was with my team member Johann Rabie, and Matt Beers, Waylon Woolcock, Renay Groustra (King of the Mountain) and James Tennant for the first 30 km. Then James and Renay dropped back a little and coming into the finish it was myself, Waylon and Matt. I knew I had a bit of a kick and with my road background I was able to get a good sprint to the finish.”

This was Kruger’s first Knysna Cycle Tour race and he will be racing again tomorrow in the 115 km road race with Telkom Team members Nolan Hoffman and Reynard Butler, who were first and second in last year’s race.

Ladies Elite winner Yolande de Villiers agrees that the route was “slippery, and very wet. I’m usually sick at Oyster Festival time so I’m very glad I was able to ride this year. It’s a challenging course, starting with the steep climbs up the Simola and Gouna hills and this year there was a new section near the end with lots of single track. It was awesome. I really enjoyed the race.”

De Villiers beat Samantha Sanders by two seconds in a time of 03:24:26. Third lady over the line was Carmen Buchacher with a time of 03:31:06.

Carel Bosman, Sponsorships Manager for Momentum, one of the two naming sponsors of the cycle tour, said that he was delighted with the event. “I was particularly pleased to see so many moms and dads riding with their children today. Momentum is very much about families and it’s great to see them enjoying and participating in the events together. I was also delighted that the numbers of young development cyclists have increased this year to about 100, with 50 percent of these coming from Knysna. The Oyster Festival is about giving back to the local community and assisting development cyclists is a great way to do this.”

All provisional MTB race results are available on the website, oyster.events.

Tomorrow the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary road races take place with the first start at 08:00 am.

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Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will be spoiling all seafood lovers with a brand new event, Seafood Wednesday.
Many restaurants in and around Greater Knysna will be showcasing their best seafood dishes during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival’s Seafood Wednesday on July 6 from 11:00 – 17:00.
Seafood lovers will be spoilt for choice on the Festival’s Seafood Trail, where they can enjoy a myriad of delicious seafood dishes throughout the day.

34` South – The Market at the Knysna Quays will be showing off with Linefish Espatada – Skewered Dorado, roasted peppers and onion, lightly grilled then drizzled with garlic butter. This will be served with savoury rice and chunky tomato & cucumber salad. Diners will further enjoy a complimentary glass of Leopards Leap Lookout white or red wine, all for a mere R68.00.

Still at the Knysna Quays, Drydock seafood trail followers will pay R49 for fried calamari rings - Crumbed calamari rings served with savoury rice or chips and Tartare sauce.

At the upper level of Knysna Quays O’Pescador is waiting to spoil their Seafood Wednesday patrons with their freshly caught linefish of the day. Grilled and served with a Mediterranean Salsa and prawns for R89.

Along Waterfront Drive is the Cruise Café. Here seafood lovers will be served dainty individual small bowled seafood delights, presented on a wooden board designed to tease the taste buds. This will include a mini mussel pot, crumbed squid heads, a heart-warming Laksa curry bowl and a light delicate snoek pate served with ‘King Singa’s’ freshly baked ciabatta - R180.

For Freshline Fisheries that is on the corner of Long and Waterfront Drive (behind Tait Marine), seafood is second nature. They will be offering a choice of: Kingklip, Yellow tail or Dorado: grilled or Weskus Braai, with chips or Mediterranean side salad for R99.95. Fresh Line caught Hake: either grilled with lemon & garlic butter, or crispy deep dry with chips & tartar sauce – small, 150gm Hake - R49.95, large, 250gm Hake - R75.50. Seafood lovers can also enjoy a Seafood Platter - 150mg Kingklip, 150gm Dorado, 150gm Hake, 4x Mussels, 150gm Calamari Fingers, Freshline spicy rice or chips, salad garnish, and Freshline`s tartar – R189.00. These specials will be available from 11:00 till closing. This venue is not licensed and patrons may bring their own alcoholic drinks (no corkage charged).

On Thesen Island, Sirocco Restaurant will be offering their Seafood Trail diners a Seafood Pizza at R62 - Mussels, Calamari and fresh linefish on a thin base pizza with homemade tomato sauce and herbs, smothered with mozzarella cheese.

Their neighbours, Tapas and Oysters will offer seafood trail followers their Festival Mussels at R26 - Mussels tossed in cream, garlic and herb sauce served Tapas style with Rosemary and Rock-salt Baguette for dipping.

Thesen Islands’ famous Turbine Hotel’s Island Café will be offering a lunch and dinner Seafood platter at R225 per person and R450 per couple.

Chaplin’s in Woodmill Lane will spoil their patrons with their famous fish & chips with a free glass of wine for R59.

Mon Petit Pain in Hedge Street joins the seafood trail by offering their Fishy Wednesday - Scrambled eggs with trout on a croissant; Spanish Fish soup; Malayan Currie Fish Pot with savoury rice and salsa

The PnP Oysters tent at the Festival Pavilion will be offering six cultivated medium oysters for R55, available throughout Seafood Wednesday.

Situated at the famous Knysna Heads overlooking the estuary is the Easthead Café. Their Seafood Wednesday dishes will consist of Fresh Hake & Chips. Line caught hake, deep fried or grilled – served with rustic fries & tartar sauce for R 80, as well as a Cape Malay Seafood Curry - A selection of sustainable seafood served with roasted coconut pickle, yoghurt, coriander & basmati rice - R 135.

The Terrace Restaurant at the River Club’s seafood trail special is their famous Fish & homemade Chips with a free glass of wine, costing R59.

Knysna’s much-loved The Bell at Belvidere will be awaiting their Seafood Wednesday guests with a pan-fried Cape yellowtail with Salsa Verde new potatoes – R95.

Café Z situated at Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa has decided upon a starter -Smoked fynbos and deep water hake tartare, lime, ginger and green tea dressing at R70 and a Main Course - “Green Pea and Ham” pan roasted Kingklip in pancetta, on baby leeks with garden pea Velouté at R165 as their special in celebration of Seafood Wednesday.

Sedgefield’s Mr Kaai on the corner of Uil and Kingfisher streets will offer their Hake - deep fried or grilled, savoury rice or chips, calamari, tartare sauce and a salad at R95.00. This special is also offered as a take away. Mr Kaai is also not licensed but patrons are invited to bring their own alcoholic drinks (no corkage charged).

Once participating Seafood Wednesday trail restaurants specials end at 17:00 the Festival Pavilion will become a hive of activity with the SASSI Fish Braai, Oyster Shucking and Eating competitions as well as the Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco Sauce.

For the full Festival programme, details about events, registration and ticket costs, visit www.pnpoyserfestival.co.za or follow the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival on Twitter @OysterFestival r on Facebook.com/KnysnaOytsterFestival for daily updates.

For further information pertaining to the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival feel free to visit www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za

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The Pam Golding Harbour 2 Heads 2016 Canoe Marathon, a Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival sporting event will see the fastest canoeist walk away with a whopping R10 000 in cash on Sunday July 3.

This K1 (K2 and surf-skis are also welcome) race will kick off from the Knysna Yacht Club at 09:00. Registration starts the day before, July 2 at the Knysna Yacht Club from 12:00 and contiunues up until 16:00.

Paddlers can chose to compete in either the 22km or shorter 11km route. "This event is the perfect preparation for the Berg River Canoe Marathan," said race coordinator, Darren Berry.

In closing Berry reminded paddlers that the first prize of R10 000 is a "winner takes all" prize.
Entries are available online at www.entrytickets.net. For further information contact race coordinator Darren Berry on 083 671 9399 or via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Knysna’s revered Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival taking place from 1 – 10 July promises to once again provide the best 10 days of winter.

This year a brand new event, Seafood Wednesday makes its debut, offering all things seafood on Wednesday, July 6. The day starts off with a seafood route, leading seafood lovers to participating restaurants across Knysna throughout the day.

On the route they will be tempted by outstanding dishes such as the pan-fried yellowtail with salsa verde new potatoes from The Bell and 34 Degree South’s East Coast sole.

Although the concept of Seafood Wednesday is new, those providing the sought-after delicacies are definitely not. Festival favourites, such as Kilzers Kitchen Cookery School will host their popular Seafood Long Table while Robberg Fisheries will ensure a seafood-fest at their Robberg Fisheries Seafood Pop-Up Shop at the Festival Pavilion throughout the day.

Towards sunset the Festival Pavilion will come alive with the SASSI Fish Braai, Oyster Shucking and Eating competitions as well as the famous Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco.
Local aspirant braai chefs will compete for the title of Best Fish Braaier in Knysna during the SASSI Fish Braai. While an esteemed panel of judges will choose the winner the public may purchase samplers.

While the braaiers show off their skills, the Oyster Shucking and Eating champions will be crowned.
One of the undoubted Festival highlights, the Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco® will see some 800 oysters will be prepared by local restaurateurs competing for the coveted Best Dressed Oyster Award. This event has been lauded by oyster lovers nationally and is definitely one not to be missed. A further prize for the Best Dressed Stand will be awarded.

Besides the flavoursome delicacies on offer – including a three-course Tabasco-inspired tasting menu – entertainment, wine-tasting and a bar will add to the ambience and ensure everyone enjoys this one-of-a-kind event.

Entrance to the Festival Pavilion costs R20 per person and children under 12 have free access. This allows access to everything on the programme, with the exception of the Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco® event.

Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco® tickets cost R175 and includes a tasting voucher booklet, tasting glass and entrance to Seafood Wednesday.

Not sure what to do with the kids? The Momentum Health Kiddies Zone will be open till 23:00.
Tickets may be purchased at Webtickets www.webtickets.co.za

For the full Festival programme, details about events, registration and ticket costs, visit www.pnpoyserfestival.co.za or follow the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival on Twitter @OysterFestival r on Facebook.com/KnysnaOytsterFestival for daily updates.

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Many schools close for the mid-year break on 22 June this year and only reopen nearly a month later on 18 July. With so many vacationing young ones in need of entertainment we believe we have the answer - the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (July 1 – 10) offers the solution for the perfect winter break for the entire family.

This year the Festival is jam-packed with events, bound to keep the family busy for the Best 10 Days of Your Winter. The programme offers to entertain the children while their parents participate in the numerous available events such as the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary, or the Momentum Health OatWell DualX powered by Peptopro.
Children between the ages of two and nine can participate in the Spur Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tours. Those aged six to twelve years can compete in the new Casper Kids Adventure Run in partnership with Simola or the DualX Quarter and DualX Brats races while their parents test their night running skills in The Simola Phantom Night Forest Run at the magnificent Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa.
A family visit to Knysna will not be complete without discovering the wonders of its natural forests. Join in the Festival’s FNB Knysna Forest Family Hikes and experience the best of Knysna’s natural beauty.
Children can further keep busy outdoors with the new DaretoDash Kids obstacle course, SWD Development runs and the Parent & Child Golf Day which forms part of the Imperial Auto Festival of Golf at Pezula.
The SA Navy’s vessels will once again visit the Festival. Watching their entry through the often treacherous Knysna Heads and a visit on-board while they are docked at the SANParks jetty on Thesen Island is an education for all. Older children can also attend a polo clinic, just around the corner from the jetty, presented by the Waterfront Canoe Polo Tournament team.
This year will be the fourth year that the Knysna-Plett Herald Young Oysters children’s programme takes fun and entertainment to children all over the Greater Knysna area. The programme, which takes place at all libraries as well as the Khayalethu and Smutsville community halls is free of charge and includes decorating of cupcakes and gingerbread men, arts & crafts and sculpting with recycling materials. The programme starts at 10:00 every day from Monday to Friday during the Festival.
The Festival Pavilion at the Knysna High School sport fields will provide a fun-fest for the young with a funfair and inflatable activity equipment. Alongside the Momentum Health Kiddies Area (where children are supervised while parents take a well-deserved break) the Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival presented by Humpty Dumpty Windmeul Eggs programme will takes place.
This programme promises to entertain children aged two to ten with cooking lessons, arts and crafts.
A new addition to this year’s line-up is Seafood Wednesday (6 July) - bound to spoil Festival participants with an array of seafood. A Seafood Route will lead to participating restaurants where they can savour 34 Degrees South’s delicious East Coast sole or the pan-fried Cape yellowtail with Salsa Verde and new potatoes from The Bell.
The SASSI Fish Seafood Braai, Oyster Shucking and Eating Competitions, as well as Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco will turn the Festival Pavilion into a hive of activity from 17:00 later the same day.
Tickets to the Festival’s variety of events are available at Webtickets: www.webtickets.co.za
For further information on what to expect at this year’s jam-packed Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, visit the website www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za or follow the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival on Twitter: @OysterFestival or on Facebook: Facebook/KnysnaOysterFestival for daily updates.

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