Bigger, better line-up at 2012 Oyster Fest

Bigger, better line-up at 2012 Oyster Fest

The 29th Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has added to its extensive line-up a host of exciting lifestyle events for the whole family to enjoy. Already the largest of its kind in Africa, the oyster festival, which takes place this year from July 6 to 15, is the best possible way to spend 10 activity-packed days of your winter holidays with friends and family.

The highlight of the lifestyle event calendar each year is the midweek culinary experience. This year, the festival will introduce the Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna, which will take place on Wednesday July 11. Restaurants in and around Knysna will showcase their menus in what promises to be an evening of oyster indulgence and culinary delights. Participating restaurants will compete in a variety of categories for prizes which will be adjudicated by a respected panel of judges. There will be plenty food and drink available, including Knysna’s famous delicacy – oysters.

Also new at the festival is the Knysna Wine Festival and Night Market, which will take place on Monday July 9 and Tuesday July 10 between 5 and 9pm. Held in a Bedouin tent at the Nedbank Pavilion, the Night Market will be a unique place for families and friends to meet to sample local fare, mingle with visitors and locals and listen to live music.

The Knysna Wine Festival, (originally the Wade Bales Wine Festival) which will this year be part of the Night Market, will showcase over 50 of South Africa’s top wine estates. Guests will be able to sample wines and meet winemakers from estates such as Steenberg, Sumaridge and Neil Ellis. Wines will also be on sale at special festival prices.

On Wednesday July 11, Kom Braai, a braai competition for children between eight and 14, will take place at Nedbank Pavilion from 10am to 3pm. To encourage children to get outdoors and enjoy cultural fun with friends and family, participants armed with Pick n Pay braai meat will don their aprons and fight it out for the title of ‘best braaier’. The day promises to be great fun for all with live music and giveaways throughout.
For music lovers, SA singer and songwriter Lize Beekman will be performing for one night only on Saturday July 7.

Throughout the entire 10 days of the festival children of all ages can take part in cycle races, dance, music and drama workshops, craft and art classes, sand art workshops and fun cooking classes. Other activities on offer include puppet-making workshops, puppet shows, drama workshops and dress-up, face-painting classes, paintball and quad-biking.

* For more information, visit  www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za or call Knysna Tourism on 044 382 5510.