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Posted on: Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

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Delicious Oysters

Delicious Oysters

Oysters are a luxurious delicacy known for their aphrodisiac powers. Every year, for almost 30 years, the small coastal hotspot of Knysna celebrates the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival – this gloriously moreish mollusc with the popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. This is a fabulous event for locals and visitors of any age, and makes for a fantastic family outing. Of course, it is a must for oyster-lovers, but this definitely isn’t essential, as there is so much to see and do.

This is also a major sporting occasion, as there are more than 100 different sporting events, varying in intensity and type. These include cycling, running and adventure races. Two of the main sporting events are the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour. What makes both of these events really special is the magnificent backdrop. Participants get to see some of the most beautiful parts of the Garden Route while indulging in their chosen events. Families can participate in adventure sports like paddling, bowling, golf, night biking, angling and soccer.

Stunning Knysna Waterfront

Knysna Waterfront

There are also fun non-sporting events for those that prefer not to work up a sweat. Oyster eating competitions are, of course, a firm favourite.

The Knysna Oyster Festival attracts about 65 000 people to this little town over the 10 days of the event. To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to dine on fresh oysters, there are Oyster Hotspots stationed in a number of places around the festival area. Oysters are sold at excellent prices with a variety of tastes and techniques applied to them.

The Pick n Pay Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras combines two of the most delicious treats that South Africa has to offer – oysters and wine. The Mardi Gras promises an evening of fun and flavours, and is a fab excuse to get a little dressed up.

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is always popular with children because there is just so much for young ones to see and do. Those needing to work off some energy will enjoy the Sports Fair of the Knysna Sport School. There are also fun activities, like puppet shows, cooking courses, theatrical performances and art workshops.

SA Navy Band

SA Navy Band

The South African Navy plays an important role in the festivities. Their appearance is always a big hit for those watching them make their dramatic entrance. The Navy’s band performs live at the Knysna Waterfront and partakes in the ever-popular street parade.

The organisers and sponsors of the Oyster Festival know that it is not just about frivolous fun. Rather, they ensure that their event benefits the community and its charities. So, those visitors that enjoy the flavours and festivities of the Oyster Festival are rest assured that they are helping non-profit organisations and those that are underprivileged to benefit too.

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Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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