Image courtesy of the Knysna Oyster Festival
Said to be the ‘Best 10 days of your Winter’, the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival returns with more than 100 exciting events ranging from cycling, running and adventure races to wine and whisky tastings and gala evenings
Perhaps one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and oyster aficionados, the Knysna Oyster Festival is once more expected to draw about 65,000 people for the consumption of 200,000 oysters over the 10 days.
Oyster hotspots will be selling oysters with a variety of accompaniments and there will be oyster-related events including the annual oyster-shucking competition, the oyster eating competition and the Pick n Pay Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras.
The festival, now entering its 29th year since first being held in 1983, has grown to include a huge charity component and the involvement of the local community.
The festival will run from 6 -15 July 2012 and is sure to be a treat for oyster fans able to make it to South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route for the 10 day period.
For those unable to make the Oyster Festival or even those unable to wait until July, the Twankey Champagne and Oyster Bar at Taj Cape Town serves the freshest and most comprehensive range of oysters to be found outside of the festival.
Oysters from all over the country are served with fresh seafood tapas and a variety of tasting options and Capetonians can enjoy oysters from Alexander Bay, Knysna, Luderitz, Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Walvis Bay as well as wild and West Coast Oysters.
Image courtesy of 96 Winery Road.
Each month, one of South Africa’s top chefs presents a four course dinner designed especially to express the culture of the featured regions as part of Taj Cape Town’s Expressions series.
Our journey through the world’s most beautiful winelands continues to Stellenbosch Berg, Banghoek and Helderberg wards of Stellenbosch
Launching on Thursday 28 June, guests can experience the harmonious balance between traditional and modern winemaking styles of the region as some exceptional wines are paired with offerings from Guest Chef, Janice Anderson of 96 Winery Road.
Janice Anderson draws her inspiration from a combination of South African favourites and flavours from around the world, using fresh, organic and local ingredients to create a rustic cuisine taste sensation of which selected dishes will be featured on our MINT restaurant Table d’Hôte menu for the month of July.
The evening will begin at 18h00 with a private tasting with the winemakers from the participating estates and is followed at 19h00 for 19h30 with a 4–course dinner, paired with regional wines. Cost is R350 per person including mineral water and parking at the adjacent Mandela Rhodes Place.
Wines featured at the private tasting will be available to purchase on the night at cellar door prices through our newly opened wine kiosk which is open seven days a week.
Our MINT restaurant Table d’Hôte menu for the month of July is R175 for two courses, R210 for three courses, including a glass of wine. Whenever guests dine from our Expressions menu, there is chance to win one of many prizes including an evening stay for two people in a Luxury Room at Taj Cape Town.
Taj Cape Town provides stylish accommodation in Cape Town. Secure complimentary parking is available in Mandela Rhodes Place adjacent to the hotel with the parking entrance located in Burg Street, off Wale Street.