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the knysna oyster festival 2013

Knysna Oyster festival 2013

Knysna Oyster festival 2013

Knysna Oyster Festival 2013

Knysna is a super special place to me because I spent a few childhood holidays there in my grandparents home. The town was more like a village back then, but despite its vast growth over the years, it’s a very pretty place nestled around a beautiful lagoon with so much on offer.

One of the biggest things that goes on every year is the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster festival. This is the longest running event in South Africa, and has so many activities happening (over 100 events) over a  10 day period, they don’t just print a brochure to inform people about them, they have to print a magazine.

Sandwiched between two very big sporting week ends – the first filled with MTB rides and cycling races, and the second filled with running – are a lot of fun food and wine activities. I was invited to check a few of these out, and generally report on all the deliciousness I found.

I did so much in the 4 days and 3 nights I was there I wont be able to cover it all here, and despite some rainy weather and grey skies (not great for photography), the hospitality was warm I didn’t want to leave.

I stayed at Hideaway Guest House, which was close to town, but yes – hidden away. A fabulous 4 star guest house run by lovely people, I could not recommend it highly enough. This was the view from my room. (Thank you Colleen for making me feel so at home)

Hideaway Guest house in Knysna

Day 1  On my first evening in Knysna I attended the Wine Festival and Night Market where I met Neil Ellis himself and a few other interesting wine people. The event took place at the main festival grounds with gourmet local food producers over 50 wine producers showcasing their wares, it was a lot of fun. Continue Reading →


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