Of all the Festivals held in South Africa, only a rare few are able to match the popularity of the Knysna Oyster Festival. From the 4th till the 13th of July, people from all over South Africa descend on the small town to partake in the sport and lifestyle festivities, which holds the promise of exciting sports, great food, and family fun.
Throughout the festival, many sport challenges are held, and athletes arrive from all over to show off their talents. This is the highlight of the show for all sports fanatics. Festival-goers are able to participate in certain events, including running and cycling, though less strenuous sports are also on the cards for those looking for more leisurely activity. The sporting events are undoubtedly popular with all festival-goers, but are certainly not the only attraction.
Any foodie in attendance would find themselves spoilt for choice when presented with the variety of food and wine that the festival has to offer. Oysters are the main feature of the festival, and are prepared in many creative ways so that diners are set with a deliciously diverse selection. Not just for oyster-loving foodies; the Oyster Festival also promises fun for the whole family. Kids of all ages are welcome. Mountain walks make great family adventures, and junior events and workshops are held with activities to keep both active toddlers and picky teens occupied throughout. While the kids are busy, adults are free to explore the new additions to the festival programme, including art exhibitions and comedy shows.
The festival is packed with events and has something for everyone, for those wanting to enjoy the famous oysters while enjoying the view, to the sport fanatics wanting to participate in the cycling challenges. In between the concerts and competitions, the festival ensures there is never a dull moment and always something to do. With all the makings for a fun family holiday, or a classy getaway with friends, the Knysna Oyster festival is the perfect destination for a roadtrip.