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The first Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival took place in 1983. Introduced to attract people to this seaside town during the quiet winter period, it has succeeded beyond all expectations.
The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is a 10-day event aimed at foodies, sports lovers and families.
Oyster eating, oyster shucking, oyster farm tours, oyster recipe challenges and gourmet oyster-themed dinners happen throughout the festival, along with wine and champagne tastings.
The oyster festival attracts over 70 000 visitors annually; particularly food lovers who slurp and swallow their way through more than 200 000 oysters at over 20 dedicated oyster venues. Here the delectable molluscs can be eaten au naturel or cooked in a variety of ways.
Besides oysters, the festival hosts two top-notch competitive sporting events: the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Cycle Tour and the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Marathon. Both are booked up months in advance due to their popularity.
The Oyster Festival has a packed and varied programme of adventure, sports and culture for the whole family. It includes everything from paddling, golf, bowls, soccer, angling and mountain biking to music concerts, theatre shows, craft workshops, cooking demonstrations and even bridge contests.
Not to be missed is the Hansa Waterfront Rush, a time-based obstacle course set on and in the water. Held at the Knysna Waterfront it's a thrill-a-minute spectacle for spectators and participants alike.
There is a special focus on activities for children at the Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival. Tots to teens can attend youth theatre and puppet shows, creative art workshops and cooking courses.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival
Tel: +27 (0)44 382 5510
How to get here
Knysna can be easily accessed by road as it lies on the N2 between Cape Town (500 km) and Port Elizabeth (280 km). Knysna's biggest neighbouring towns are George (60 km) and Plettenberg Bay (35 km). George Airport is a mere 65 km away and provides a variety of daily flight options to and from major cities.
Best time to visit
The Oyster Festival takes place in July every year.
Around the area
Bloukrans Bridge is the world's highest bungee jump at 216 m, and it's very near Knysna.
Length of stay
The festival lasts for 10 days but a day trip to surrounding areas will also be worth it.
Where to stay
Knysna has a great number of accommodation options – from budget to luxury.