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If you’re a sport lover, foodie and enjoy spending time with your family, then you should head to the Best 10 Days Of Winter in Kynsna.

Knysna Tourism has confirmed that the recent devastating fires will not stop the lagoon town from putting on South Africa’s favourite festivals, the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. Plans are in place to ensure that visitors experience all they hope for, and more. While visitors can contribute to the relief fund, one of the best ways to support the regrowth of the region is by supporting tourism and local businesses. All events will go ahead as planned, although slight route changes may be necessary, and activities at the festival grounds have not been affected. Expect fun, food and drink for the full 10 days!

Reasons you want to attend the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival:

  1. The Maserati BIG5 Challenge

Watch big names like Bradley Weiss, Theo Blignaut, Davide del Fante, and Fienie Barnard compete for top honours this year’s challenge, sure to be one for the history books! Elite and amateur athletes can battle it out over five different disciplines in a mountain bike, trail run, and half marathon accompanied by the new Momentum Health MTB X and a mile swim for the former, while the latter can paddle or road cycle as alternatives to the swim in the BIG5Lite. With. Enter here.

  1. Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour: Mountain Bike Race (Saturday 8 July)

It’s the 30th anniversary of the Knysna Cycle Tour and the 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, as well as a brand new 30km E-bike race, will give riders plenty of options to get out there and see the local splendour for themselves. Enter here. 

  1. Festival food

Local restaurants will have special themed menus for the duration of the festival ranging from international, fusion and local flavours. Feast on the Festival’s namesake in every way imaginable or simply enjoy them freshly shucked with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a twist of black pepper.

  1. The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour: Road Race (Sunday 9 July)

The 115km and 50km road races will keep roadies alert and challenged and, due to popular demand, there are MTB categories for the Road Race events for those who prefer riding with knobbly tyres. Enter here.

  1. Entertainment

From the House of Entertainment Band to the Hornlee Oyster Festival Reggae Night and the Whiskey and Live Jazz Cruise, the wide variety of live entertainment and music offerings will entertain festivalgoers throughout the week. Check out the programme here: 

  1. Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile Swim (Sunday 9 July)

Take on this winter chill in this open-water one-mile swim in the Knysna Lagoon. Enter here.

  1. Take a tour

From the beautiful indigenous forest walks in the Diepwalle area to the majestic Knysna Heads, visit some of the authentic local art galleries or experience local hospitality through a guided township tour. Click here to see what there is for you to do. 

  1. Seafood Wednesday (Wednesday 12 July)

The Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday brings together the best Knysna has to offer in one venue. Enjoy Festival favourites such as the Fish Braai competition and the ever-popular oyster eating and shucking competitions. The Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna night event sees some of the top restaurants in Knysna, Sedgefield and surrounds compete for the titles of ‘Best dressed oyster and stand’, with a show of oyster preparations judged by festivalgoers. Get your ticket here. 

  1. Europcar Knysna Classic (Wednesday 14 July)

Book your 4-ball at the iconic Pezula Championship Golf Course well in advance because the field is limited to 120.  As a bonus, you will be playing for charity and the proceeds will be donated to Hospice Knysna.

  1. Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon (Saturday 15 July)

One of South Africa’s most sought-after running events offers exceptional highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world – particularly the scenery deep in the Knysna Forest. Whether you compete in the half (21km) or the full (42km) marathon, runners can expect breathtaking lagoon views towards the Knysna Heads. Enter here.

Source: Oyster Festival. Image: Pixabay

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