The Best 10 days of your Winter!
Be sure to wear your party hat when you head down to Knysna between 28 June and 7 July this year, as the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will be celebrating its 30thanniversary – and with more than 100 events on the programme, there will be fun for everyone.
“Knysna has long been regarded as the pearl of the Garden Route,” said Festival Manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt. “And with pearls being the traditional gift for 30th anniversaries, the 2013 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is sure to shine as it presentsattendees with a wide array of activities and events.”
28 June to 7 July is sure to be the best 10 days of your winter, especially if you spend them in Knysna at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, South Africa’s largest lifestyle, sporting and family event. With over 100 sporting, lifestyle, foodie and kiddie events on offer – each of which benefits local communities and charities – the festival truly offers something for everyone.
Celebrating sport and the good life, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has established itself over the last 30 years as one of the most popular annual events in the Western Cape.
The first Oyster Festival took place in 1983 and was the brainchild of the late Dick Ginsberg, a local businessman. He and Rose Smith from the then Knysna Publicity Office organised the Knysna Winter Festival, which featured a marathon, rugby, golf, squash, and bowls. The purpose of the festival was to attract people to Knysna during the quiet winter period. The Navy was involved almost from the outset and in 1984 the Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral A P Putter visited Knysna together with a navy minesweeper and a number of crew. In 1988 the Freedom of Entry into the Municipality of Knysna was conferred on the Navy.
In 1985 the cycling races added more sporting events to the programme. Today it is every runner’s dream to complete the famous Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon, while the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour has grown to be a two-day cycling festival of mountain and road bike events, the biggest of its kind in South Africa. Oysters are, of course, a huge component of the festival and every year about 200 000 of them are consumed over the 10 days by visitors.
Should you need a vehicle to get to Knysna, check out the RBS Car Hire website for competitive rates with unlimited free km’s www.rbscarhire.co.za
Knysna can be easily accessed by road as it lies on the N2 between Cape Town (500 km) and Port Elizabeth (280 km). Knysnaˋs biggest neighbouring towns are George (60 km) and Plettenberg Bay (35 km).
Distance Table: (From Knysna)
Mossel Bay- 105 km
George- 60 km
Wilderness- 50 km
Oudtshroon- 120 km
Plettenberg Bay 30 km
Sedgefield 25 km