The 29th Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is set to take place from 6 July 2012 to 15 July 2012. The uber-popular event brings thousands of sporting enthusiasts, adrenalin junkies, families and food and wine lovers to the beautiful town of Knysna on the Garden Route. It’s practically impossible to not find something exciting to do over the festival’s ten action-packed days.
Here are just some of the events and festivities which you can look forward to:
- First and foremost, the festival is about good food. This year, the festival introduces the Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna which takes place on Wednesday 11 July. The event sees restaurants from in and around Knysna showcasing their menus and competing for prizes in various categories. There’ll be plenty of food and drinks available, including Knysna’s famous delicacy – oysters!
- Another new addition is the Knysna Wine Festival and Night Market which takes place on Monday 9 July 2012 and Tuesday 10 July 2012 between 17h00 and 21h00. The Night Market takes place in a Bedouin tent at the Nedbank Pavilion and there’ll be plenty of local fare and live music.
- The Knysna Wine Festival (formerly known as the Wade Bales Wine Festival) will also take place at the Night Market. Over 50 of SA’s best wine estates will take part including Steenberg, Sumaridge and Neil Ellis.
- ‘Kom Braai’ is a braai competition for kids aged 8 to 14 years old. It takes place at the Nedbank Pavilion from 10h00 to 15h00 on Wednesday 11 July 2012 and gives young ones the opportunity to compete for the title of ‘best braaier’.
- Another big attraction at the Nedbank Pavilion is the Pick n Pay Fresh Experience which will be open daily. Enjoy delicious fresh food and drinks while listening to the sounds of local musicians in the winter sun.
- The little ones will be well catered for at the Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival which is also based at the Nedbank Pavilion. Daily activities include cycle races, dance, music and drama workshops, craft and art classes, sand art workshops and fun cooking classes, as well as puppet-making workshops, puppet shows, drama workshops and dress-up, face-painting classes, paintball and quad-biking.
And don’t forget the other big attractions such as the:
- Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Cycle races
- Salomon Featherbed Trail Run
- Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest marathon and half marathon
- Oystercatcher Oyster Shucking Competition presented by Tabasco
- Knysna Oyster Co Eating Competition presented by Tabasco
Most of the action takes place the festival hubs – the sports grounds and Waterfront Pavilion on Waterfront Drive. See what you can find – there’s something for everyone.
For more information visit www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za or give Knysna Tourism a call on 044 382 5510. Enjoy!