Fast facts: Knysna Oyster Fest

2012-06-28 15:51

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The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa's most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers and families. This year it will take place from 06 -15 July, giving festival attendees ample opportunity to gorge themselves to bursting point on the oysters on offer. We’ve decided to compile a list of facts about the celebration that you may not have not known... have a few of your own, why not post a comment below?

1.The  Guinness World Record in The Oyster Catcher Oyster eating competition currently stands at 552 oysters consumed in 10 minutes.  Why don’t you attempt to break it on 10 July – don’t forget your splash of Tobasco!?

2.  Every year about 200 000 oysters are consumed over 10 days by the festivals attendees.

3. The Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour allows participants the unique opportunity to run and cycle through the ancient indigenous forests of Knysna and experience the scenic beauty of the area.

4. During this year's marathon charity sale, 200 half-marathon and 25 full Marathon entries were snapped up in 40 minutes, raising R112 500.

5. The first Oyster Festival took place in 1983 and was the brainchild of the late Dick Ginsberg, a local businessman.

6.  Every official event at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival raises money for charity. One of the requirements for events to be officially listed is that the event must benefit a local non-profit organisation or charity.

7.  In an attempt to include all local communities in the festival, Knysna Tourism’s Local Loeries project offers sustainable opportunities for previously disadvantaged communities to get involved in the festival and reap the benefits for many years afterwards. The programme identifies individuals to be mentored in four areas: food & catering, entertainment, sports development and services.

8. A battle of the DJs takes place and gives festival participants an opportunity to experience Knysna's township life.

9. An estimated 65 000 people descend upon the beautiful Garden Route town over the 10 days of the festival.

10. The South African Navy has been involved with the festival since 1984.

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