5 Tips for those heading to the Knysna Oyster Festival

2015-06-29 20:30
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Cape Town - The Knysna Oyster Festival (KOF) is one of the biggest winter festivals on the South African calendar. It's spread across two weekends that promise constant fun and activities for the whole family.

The sporting aspect of the Oyster Festival has evolved into two major events – the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon (full & half), and the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour, an event that is the biggest of its kind in the country.

Apart from the major sporting events and the beautiful scenic drive to Knysna along the Garden route, people also head out to, yes - you guessed it - eat oysters! 

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Quick Info
Where: The Garden Route town of Knysna
When: 3 - 12 July 2015
Times: Knysna Oyster Festival opens at 13:00 - 00:00 on Friday, 3 July, at 08:00 - 18:00 on Saturday, 4 July, and from 11:00 - 22:00 on the weekdays.
Where to get guides to the festival and area: Knysna Tourism Office | 40 Main Str, Knysna and Sedgefield Tourism Office | 30 Main Str, Sedgefield

For the general festival goers

1. Make use of the free shuttles

The free shuttle service will be operating daily between 09:00 and 16:30 on festival days, stopping at the various pick-up points every half hour. Pick-up points will be at the Knysna Waterfront, the Pick-&-Pay and Thesen Island. 

Let the oyster madness begin! #KnysnaOysterFestival

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For the foodies

2. Know where to get those OYSTERS

All these restaurants and cafés will be serving oysters SPECIALS during the festival.

The BellPick n Pay Woodmill LaneMitchell’s BreweryLeisure Isle Coffee ShopFiela’s RestaurantCatembe BarBrenton HavenOyster R UsPiliPili Beach BarTapas and OystersTurbine Hotel- Tapas BarBloo BistroSirocco Restaurant34° South- The MarketCafé Z, Conrad Pezula Resort & SpaCruise CaféDrydockKnysna ArmsQuay4 Knysna

3. Don't miss the main events

Seeing there will be millions of people filtering through the small town of Knysna during the KOF, it's best advised to book tickets to the two main oyster eating events well in advance... 

The KOF Flavours of Knysna (with Tabasco on the side) 
What: Enjoy dishes from some of the best restaurants in Knysna, Sedgefield and surrounds as they compete for the title of best dressed oyster and stand.
Where: Festival Pavilion, Waterfront Drive, Knysna
When: 8 July 2015
Cost: R175 

#Knysnaoysterfestival #oysters #coldandbold #tasty #family

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The KOF Shuckle (with comedy on the side) 
What: Watch contestants compete in the most popular oyster shucking and eating competitions in Knysna. Comedians Mark Lottering and Tumi Morake will keep you entertained throughout the competition.
Where: Festival Pavilion, Waterfront Drive, Knysna
When: 9 July 2015 
Cost: R120 

4. Mix it up

You need to attend the brand new foodie event at the KOF, no excuses... It combines all things wonderful!  

Oyster, Bubbly and Chocolate Experience

What: Experts will be on hand to provide tutored tastings on a thoughtful selection of bubbly from five different wine estates, including some from Plettenberg Bay, as well as sample delicious oysters and indulge on handcrafted chocolates made right here in the Garden Route region.
Where: Villa Castollini, Brenton-on-Sea Road, Brenton on Sea, Knysna
When: 5 July 2015 
Time: 18:00 
Cost: R295 per person for the event, or R395 per person for the event including a buffet dinner.

Yummy-oysters and bubbly on a boat in the bay @Knysna #knysnaoysterfestival

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For the adventure seekers

5. Get the kids to love adventure as much as you do

Forest Family Dam Ride
What: The Forest Family Dam Ride is a 30 km guided ride for MTB riders of all ages into the forests above Knysna. Groups will be guided by marshals, and will stop at scenic look-out points for cyclists to catch their breath and take in the spectacular views. This is a fun ride and not a timed race, and is open to adults and children with some riding experience aged 12 years and over.
Where: Ride leaves from the top of the Simola hill
When: 5 July 2015
Time: 10:00 
Cost: R175

#LovingLife #cannondale #knysnaoysterfestival

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