This year’s Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is well and truly underway, with sport, food and wine events and loads of family activities keeping holiday makers busy in the much-loved Garden Route town and surrounding areas.
The first major sporting event, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour, kicked off with four MTB events on Saturday, followed on Sunday by road races and family events. Warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine and absolutely no wind on Sunday meant that both the elite riders and families out to have fun, had the perfect day. Inflatable fun and many other children’s activities created a brilliant setting for parents to enjoy real Knysna hospitality while children were kept entertained.
Two local entrepreneurs supported by the Knysna Municipality held their Festival events over the weekend. Bulelani Memane was over the moon at the 900 people who attended his iSkeem sePotsoyi Colour Splash Party at the Nitelife Tavern at Dam se Bos on Saturday night. Joburg DJ Oskido helped to draw the crowds who partied till the early hours of Sunday morning.
80 runners lined up for the inaugural iKasi Colour Fun Run that saw them wind their way through 4,7km of Knysna’s township streets. Oliver said it went very well and he learnt a lot, and he looks forward to growing it into one of the big events at the Festival each year.
The 13th Knysna Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay began on Monday evening at its stunning new location on Thesen Island. Organiser Belinda Hobson said: “It’s been a wonderful start to the event. Despite the turn in the weather today, people have come out in numbers to experience the 200 wines from 50 different suppliers, and local craft beers and craft gin are also represented this year. Our beneficiary is Little Angels Day Care Centre for challenged and otherwise-abled children in the Knysna District, so we are thrilled with the turnout this evening, and look forward to another busy night tomorrow.”
Also turning out despite the weather on Monday, were families of hikers, young and old, for the first of three FNB Forest Family Hikes taking place in the Harkerville Forest. The Momentum Knysna Lagoon Mile Swim took place in tough swimming conditions, while many festival goers chose to explore the restaurants of Knysna in search of Heinz Hot Sauce Oyster Hotspots. 20 participating restaurants have included a special Hot Spot dish on their menu, accompanied by Heinz “shucking good” hot sauces. Heinz can also be found at the Pick n Pay Fish Braai on Thursday and the Oyster Shucking on Friday where they will be handing out fresh oysters perfectly paired with Heinz Shuckin’ good hot sauces. Local Knysna Green Chef Melvin Mene’s restaurant, Usatsho Tsisha-Ngawla, is included as one of the Heinz Hot Sauce Oyster Hotspots and can be found at 13 Kubo street in White Location during the Festival period.
Knysna Tourism chair Elmay Bouwer says the first few days of the Festival have been fantastic. “We have had loads of positive feedback from cyclists of all skills and ages, and we are very pleased at how well the events went for our local entrepreneurs too. Community involvement in the Festival is essential to its continued growth and success. The importance of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival to the economy of this area cannot be overestimated and we are very grateful to all the role players who have put on such an incredible and varied event for our visitors.”
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Some of the other events to look forward to:
On for the full duration of the Festival: Heinz Flavour Hot Spots – at 20 participating Restaurants, at the Oyster Shucking and Pick n Pay Fish Braai Competition
Come and get a taste of the Heinz shuckin’ good hot sauces at this year’s Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, and prepare to spice up your oyster experience in a bold and exciting new way. With so many shuckin’ cool places to look out for, why not send your taste buds on a taste adventure! Look out for the Heinz Hotspot flags outside of the 20 participating local restaurants and pair up delicious oysters with the taste of Heinz’s shuckin’ good sauces.
Get down to the Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre from Wednesday 4 July at the Fresh Taste of Pick n Pay, Thursday 5 July for the Pick n Pay Fish Braai, and Friday 6 July at the Oyster Eating and Shucking Competition – where you can enjoy the best oysters perfectly paired with Heinz’s shuckin’ good sauces. Our roaming promoters will be handing out branded ponchos & supporter boards. We welcome your support for all the athletes, including those of the Momentum BIG5 Challenge. Isn’t it time that you experienced the flavoursome cheekiness of the classic Heinz Red Pepper Sauce and the daring Orange Habanero Sauce?
DON’T MISS OUT, YOU’LL BE SHUCKED.
Find a Heinz Flavour Hotspots map at the Knysna Tourism office and participating restaurants.
Wednesday 4 July
In a brand-new event, Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card holders and their partners are invited to reserve a spot at the Fresh Taste of Pick n Pay. Look forward to being served scrumptious delights; and as you’d expect from Knysna hospitality, you’ll be invited 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, two sessions will be run: 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.
Experience the wonders of nature with the whole family, by joining the FNB Forest Family Hike on either Wednesday 4 or Friday 6 July. The legendary Harkerville Trails provide people of all ages and fitness levels the chance to absorb the magic of these famous forests. There is a brisk hike over a 10km distance, and shorter rambles of 6km and 2.5km. Look out for a Knysna Loerie or even an elephant. Share the ecological importance of the forests with children while enjoying quality family time. An entertaining talk on the history of the area and its rare forest fauna and flora is part of the fun.
Thursday 5 July
The Comedy Chuckle is a Festival highlight and will take place at Mitchell’s Brewery at 7pm. This year’s line-up includes SA’s top funnymen, Kagiso Mokgadi, Carl Weber, Yasseen Barnes and Dalin Oliver.
13 Kubo Street, White Location
Friday 6th July
From 12 – 1pm – competitors go head-to-head in their bid to be crowned champion in the Oyster Shucking and Eating Competition. This is all about honour! This action-packed event is not to be missed! The event is free of charge and takes place at Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre.
Saturday 7 July
The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon, two of South Africa’s most popular running races, provides runners with a beautiful route with incredible views over the Knysna Lagoon towards the Knysna Heads as they approach the finish line.
Also on the comedy line-up this year is the Emo Adams Evening of Comedy and Entertainment not to be missed!
Sunday 8 July
Vuvu Ralushe’s will be host the Green Carpet Fashion Extravaganza at Club Vinyl on the
Main Street of Knysna on Sunday 8 July.
Vuvu has formed part of the entrepreneurship and mentorship programme run by the Knysna