Knysna Oyster Festival 2011
The Best 10 days of your 2011!
The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party!
This year we’ll show you that there’s more to 2010 than soccer as we celebrate the 27th festival with a jam-packed programme of sport, entertainment and the molluscs that made Knysna famous – oysters!
More than 100 exciting events ranging from cycling, running and adventure races to wine and whisky tastings and gala evenings, are expected to draw about 65 000 people to the beautiful Garden Route town over the 10 days of the festival.
The festival’s two main sporting events, the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, will give participants the unique opportunity to run and cycle through the ancient indigenous forests of Knysna and experience the scenic beauty of the area.
And if marathons are not your style, there’s a full programme of adventure and soft sports for the whole family to participate in, including paddling, golf, bowls, soccer, night biking and angling.
Oyster-related events include the annual oyster-shucking (opening) competition, the ever-popular oyster eating competition and the Pick n Pay Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras – a fabulous evening of oysters and wine tasting.
Oyster Hotspots will be selling oysters in a variety of tastes and flavours at give-away prices!
The South African Navy, which always plays a huge part in the success of the Festival, will once again be visiting Knysna, making a grand entrance through the Knysna Heads in their huge minesweepers. And the Navy’s internationally acclaimed band will entertain festival-goers during the street parade and live concert at the Waterfront.
There’s a great programme for kids too – the Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival includes youth theatre, puppet shows, creative art workshops and cooking courses. The Knysna Sport School Sports Fair will give kids the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of sports, free of charge.
The Pick n Pay Oyster Festival Guide featuring the full programme and a list of all Hotspots, will be available soon from the Knysna and Sedgefield Tourism offices.
Watch the Press for details!
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2011 PROGRAMME
|2 Jul||Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – MTB events|
|3 Jul||Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – Road race events|
|3 Jul||Whisky and Jazz on the Paddle Cruiser|
|4,5 Jul||The Wade Bales Wine Festival|
|5 Jul||Featherbed Trail Run presented by Salomon|
|6 Jul||Pick n Pay Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras|
|7 Jul||Duesouth XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT®|
|9 Jul||Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and Half marathon
The Official Heineken® Afterparty
|10 Jul||Knysna Lagoon Challenge|