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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.