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.