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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, 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.


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Oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and lovers of the good life, are you ready for the fun-filled Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival?
Taking place from 7 – 16 July with more than 100 activities spread across 10 days there will be no shortage of fun.
From sports, to music, obstacle courses, kids entertainment, gourmet food and of course loads of seafood and oysters, topped with the stunning Knysna Scenery, What more do you need? Come and experience the best 10 days of your winter with us.



Haven’t booked your accommodation yet for the best 10 days of your winter?
Don’t worry we have some amazing packages just for you from the relaxed views of the Knysna Hollow, to the hidden serenity of the Hideaway Guest House and the lush tranquillity of Belvidere Manor you will be spoilt for choice.
Click here to find out more on our exclusive accommodation packages.
Be Relaxed and let us take care of you!






Now in its eighth year, the BIG5 Challenge is the only multisport event covering five disciplines and boasting a field ranging from world class elites to first timers. Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be named the BIG5 race winner.

There are limited entries available. Entrants have access to race day hospitality with complimentary massages and refreshments within the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival grounds.
If you are entering any of the BIG5 events, you need to complete only one online entry form for all 5 events.


The Momentum Health Kiddies Area is a fun, secure play area tailored specially for the littlies! The area is supervised by qualified child minders and offers loads of awesome, age appropriate activities to keep the kids entertained during the best 10 days of your winter, leaving Moms and Dads free to enjoy the Festival and to Be Relaxed*.
The fun includes, face painting, arts and crafts, jumping castles and loads more. Open to kids from 2 to 12, there is no charge, but children must be checked in by their parents/guardians.
*The Momentum Health Kiddies Area is open daily with the following extended hours on key event days. Click here for full schedule.

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The Knysna Wine Festival is the premiere showcase for local wines at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival held annually in Knysna.

Dates 10th&11th July 2017

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 guests to interact with high profile vintners while tasting their wines,” explained Belinda. And so the Knysna Wine Festival was born and it joined the successful Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival in 2005.

Not only does this festival allow participants to enjoy the best South African wines, but a portion of the door takings are donated by the Hobsons to a local Sedgefield charity, this year being Sedgefield Animal Matters.
Hundreds of wine lovers flock to this beautiful Wine festival to enjoy the over 200 wines from more than 50 different wine estates. Wine connoisseurs and quaffers will have the pleasure of tasting the many wines and champagne, as well as single malt whiskies presented by Hector McBeth, chocolates and cheeses. These wines and whiskies will be available for purchase at special cellar door prices and cheeses at low celebratory prices.

The now long standing Knysna Wine Festival is the premiere social event of the Knysna Oyster Festival which enjoys more than 100 other events ranging from cycling, running and adventure races to gala evenings, and is expected to draw more then 65 000 people to the beautiful Garden Route town over the 10 days of the festival.

The festival lives its dream of being ‘the best 10 days of winter’ and the entire period fills the greater Knysna to capacity & surrounding towns and local’s benefit immensely.

This year we welcome on board Audi, George a dream machine for a dream festival.
Come view their beautiful cars while sipping on quality wines from Estates such as Bramon; Packwood; Steenberg; Graham Beck; Ernie Els; Saxenburg; De Grendel; Journey’s End; De Krans; Kranskop; Benguela Cove; Avondale; Mellasat; Profumi D’ Italia –Bottega; Bosman; Rooiberg; Perdeberg; Peter Bayly; Cape Point Vineyards; Lanzerac;Kaapse Liqueurs or why not have an olive oil tasting with De Rustica Olive Oil.

Tickets will be available online from 21st May on www.webtickets.co.za, with limited early bird tickets at R120.00 each

For further information contact www.knysnawinefestival.co.za or Phone Belinda 0744562253

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The Best 10 Days of your Winter is fast approaching, with many sporting and family events taking place during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival there is something for everyone.

The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon, Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour and BIG5 Challenge being just some of the many highlights of the festival booking early is quite important. We have put together some exclusive packages to suite your needs so sit back, be relaxed and let us take care of all the work by booking one of our exclusive accommodation packages.

Click here to find out more and book your package now!

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There have been a great line up of new events at this year's Oyster Festival, but none perhaps quite as inspiring (and environmentally significant) as the Artful Waste Challenge which took place on Wednesday, July 6. On certainly one of the coldest days of the winter, a morning coupled with sporadic rain and icy winds, a total of six teams along with a unit of SANparks rangers, braved the elements to take part in an event that the Knysna Basin Project – the organisers of the event - hope will inspire change. A wave of change!

“The aim of this event, says organiser Louw Claassens, a scientist working for the Knysna Basin Project, “was to raise awareness surrounding the issues of waste in Knysna.” The seriousness of which became exceedingly apparent to all those taking place in a clean-up event earlier in the year., After scouring the southern banks of Thesen Island (a relatively small area of the estuary) at low tide for less than an hour, a total of 16 bags of trash were collected,80% of which, was plastic.

The six teams (which included two visiting teams from Cape Town) then headed to the SANparks tent at the festival grounds where teams had to make something artistic out of the trash collected. All the artworks made sent a clear message about what our trash is doing to our oceans. It is a global problem, but the solution needs to start at a grass- roots, local level, which is the message the Knysna Basin Project is attempting to relay. The Knysna Estuary, our town's most precious aquatic asset, unites with the mighty Indian Ocean in daily tidal dance... often dumping plastic that has made its way into this estuarine system. An estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year – a cause for great concern.

Looking after our lagoon is a collective responsibility. Each and every one of us needs to say NO to single use plastic items and the plastic that we do use must be RECYCLED!!

This event was generously supported by several local businesses: Pick n Pay, Ocean Odyssey Whale Watching and Eco Trips, Knysna Elephant Park and Metelerkamps in association with WESSA Knysna, Sanparks and Knysna Municipality and our Judge, local artist Jan Andre Raats.
For more information: www.knysnabasinproject.co.za

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(South Africa, 7 July 2016) The penultimate event of the BIG5 Sport Challenge, The Momentum Health Oatwell DualX powered by PeptoPro, took place today at the 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival with Stuart Marais and Andrea Steyn clocking the fastest times in the overall and BIG5 Sport Challenge men’s and ladies races.

The popular, high endurance DualX challenge kicked off with a 5km run followed by a gruelling 30km off-road cycle and finished with another 2.5km run.
Stellenbosch-based professional triathlete, Stuart Marais, continued his dominance after winning both the 15km Featherbed Trail Run and The Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Race and coming in third in a hotly contested Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile Swim earlier in the week. The four time BIG5 champ maintains his lead ahead of fellow triathlete Theo Blignaut.

Stuart Marais impressed with a time of 1h33m ahead of Theo Blignaut and Dean Hopf who came in second and third after three gruelling off-road challenges.
Said Stuart on his win, “In a week long activity like this you have to time your efforts. Although the Featherbed is a really hard run I felt like I held back nicely and the goal for this week was to be fresh for the Momentum Health Oatwell Dual X.

I had a great bike, and then gave the run everything I had, and it was enough.
One more event to go and The Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon is such a treat, you go up in the cold morning, have a rusk and take in the atmosphere. It’s a world class half marathon and one of my favourites and I am looking forward to another fun day on the run.”

Andrea Steyn went into today’s challenge leading the pack in the ladies division and fifth on the overall BIG5 leader board. She has her sights set on claiming a 2ndconsecutive BIG5 win, having already won the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Race and the Featherbed Trail Run (15km) and coming in third for the Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile Swim.
Andrea finished in a time of 1h53m ahead of 2nd placed Fienie Barnard.

Andrea had a tough race today, “I think today was the toughest of all the events so far, my legs were really sore. The mountainbiking was really difficult, and Fienie is a really great mountainbiker and caught me with 10kms to go so I am really glad to have been able to stay on her wheel for the rest of the bike, and then push it in the run again to finish first.

The Momentum Health Oatwell Dual X was a great event, we were really priviledged to have it here and I am sure next year there will be a lot more people racing it.”

With the final Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon race taking place on Saturday 9 July, Marais and Steyn remain the two to watch!
The BIG5 multi-sport challenge is a highlight on the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival programme and includes The Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Race (80km), Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile Swim (1.6km), The Featherbed Trail Run (15km), The Momentum Health OatWell DualX, powered by PeptoPro (5km Run | 30km MTB | 2.5km Run), and The Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon (21.1km).
It’s not too late to support charity by sponsoring a Big 5 Sport Challenge athlete, all you need to do is go to www.big5fundracing.co.za and pledge your amount.

For more details on the BIG5 Sports Challenge visit www.big5sportchallenge.com or follow the BIG5 Sport Challenge on social media:
· Twitter: @big5challenge
· Facebook: Facebook/Big5SportChallenge
· Instagram: Big5SportChallenge
· Hashtag: #BIG5

Men’s Race
1. Stuart Marais
2. Theo Blignaut
3. Dean Hopf

Ladies Race
1. Andrea Steyn
2. Fienie Barnard
3. Vicky van der Merwe

Men’s Race
1. Allan Houston
2. Keegan Cooke
3. Constant Viljoen

Ladies Race
1. Samantha Harrington
2. Ilse Viljoen
3. Angelique Edwards

Published in Festivals & events
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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