One of the Western Cape’s most hotly anticipated events, the iconic Knysna Oyster Festival, will take place from 21-30 June 2019 and includes a diverse range of things to do for those looking to explore the Greater Knysna area this winter.
This year’s festival goers can expect an even bigger range of unique experiences than ever before – including everything from cycling to running, a wine festival to a pianist, fun runs and kiddies activities, and burgers to oysters in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the country. A full programme is attached to the release.
Visit Knysna’s General Manager, Colleen Durant, adds, “This year’s Knysna Oyster Festival offers something for everyone. The community have taken ownership of the event again, which means 10 full days of exploring everything that the Greater Knysna area has to offer; whether it’s an activity that is always on offer or something set up specifically for the festival days, visitors and locals will be spoilt for choice.”
This famous festival, now in its 36th year, adds to the region’s abundance of tourism activities for all ages and continues to draw local and international guests looking for adventure. Visit Knysna recently underwent a brand refresh, including a compelling and vibrant new logo, which encapsulates what this beautiful destination stands for.
“The Oyster Festival is the Knysna highlight of the year and a very valuable asset to all locals in Knysna. I am proud to see the commitment of the local community and other stakeholders to ensure that the Knysna Oyster Festival will see the 36th event take place. With a new local look and feel the this year’s event, I want to encourage all our locals and visitors alike to embrace this event. It is a vital boost to the local economy of our town during the winter months and will certainly give the town a warm glow of excitement with all the varied sports and vibrant food and entertainment events to suit the many diverse tastes of all who attend.” said Mark Willemse, Knysna Executive Mayor.
The Western Cape Minister for Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schafer added: “Traditionally, the Oyster Festival has been a major tourism draw card for Knysna, creating an important economic boost in the region during the winter season. This year’s event, with its new look and feel will showcase a number of the adventure, gourmand and family tourism offerings available in the area, helping to stimulate growth in the town’s tourism and hospitality markets.”
Knysna Oyster Festival 2019 event highlights include: iKASI Colour Fun Run on the 22nd, the FNB Family Forest Hike on the 24th, The Woodcutters Trail – a guided 3km forest walk on the 25th, the Lofts Atrium’s “out of this world” craft gin and food experience on the 27th and Turbine Hotel’s “Liquid Sunsets”, with live music on the 28th.
We are incredibly excited about this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival, and we encourage everyone who loves Knysna as much as we do to go and visit during this exciting time. It promises to be the coolest winter break yet!”
Travellers are encouraged to visit the official website, www.knysnaoysterfestival.co.za, to explore the calendar, discover more and book to experience the festival of all festivals.
Forest Edge offers the most unusual, private Knysna accommodation in their Forest Cottages, just right for a fantastic ten days of celebrating the joy of oysters followed by champagne, entertainment for adults and kids, as well as the Knysna Cycling tour and multi-sport event that will satisfy all fitness fanatics.
Danie and Amanda, owners of Forest Edge forest Cottages can’t wait to welcome you into their beautiful world, offering privacy, comfort and style right on the edge of the forest that envelops you in the rich mystery of a world that is the ancient home to wildlife that ranges from elephants to velvet monkeys and the smallest of bright butterflies.
With only two standard cottages and 3 luxury forest cottages, it is essential to get your booking in as soon as possible for unforgettable Knysna accommodation, or end up with nothing more than the ‘usual’ fare that is easily forgotten in the whirlwind of festivities!
After a day of excitement, fun and adventure, there is nothing quite as relaxing than lounging in a hammock, or sipping a glass of your favourite wine as you loll around the dancing flames of a fireplace or braai! Start your day off with a delicious breakfast at the Lily Pond Deck – aptly named for the prolific water lilies that make for an unforgettable meal!
Although the Forest Edge cottages are self-catering, breakfast at the Lily Pond Deck is also perfect for the whole family, or for couples celebrating romance – it’s the kind of atmosphere that makes you feel as if you can pitch up in your baggies and t-shirt, without attracting a second glance!
The Forest Cottages offer everything you could possibly need for the perfect self-catered home away from home!
Although the Luxury Cottages offer everything from Wifi to DSTV, en-suite shower and the extra luxuries that mean you only need to bring yourself, your clothes and some food, the Standard Cottages are just as fabulous!
For the Standard Cottages you may want to bring your own Wifi for streaming your favourite series or movies, however, there is a TV and DVD player laid on along with a library of books for bookworms!
Danie, Amanda and their fabulous team will make sure that any braai packs would like delivered as an added extra (make sure to place your booking the day before!) to make your stay at Forest Edge, the perfect place for lazy days and relaxing nights when you really don’t feel like cooking or going out! Please contact Forest Edge to get your booking settled in anticipation of the exciting Oyster Festival so that you have the most stunning place to rest your head on relaxing days, or to fall asleep to the sounds of the forest!