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Frequently Asked Questions

KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL (KOF) 2021 :   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  (FAQ’s)

Incorporating Knysna, Brenton, Buffalo Bay, Rheenendal & Sedgefield

Dates : Friday, 9 – Sunday, 18 July 2021

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  (FAQ’s)

 Will the 2021 Knysna Oyster Festival take place?
Yes, it will – in Knysna.  Businesses may operate at all levels of lock-down.  The programme will include approved activations that will all conform to legal COVID-19 protocols of their business operations.  We’d like to encourage you to stay for the full 10 days.  Please keep checking the website as it is continually being updated: https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za/.

What is the theme for this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival?

  • Stay : Holiday in the greater Knysna area for the full 10 days of the Knysna Oyster Festival.  Accommodation establishments are offering great rates.
  • Work : Bring you laptop and work in between enjoying the festivity of all the activities that are on offer.
  • Play : It’s a great opportunity to spend some quality (family) time: there is so much to do here in our wide open spaces…..

Will the Knysna Oyster Festival be virtual or hybrid?
Actual activities and experiences will take place: businesses may operate at all levels of lockdown:    each activation will be able to operate within their required safety parameters.  Come to Knysna for 10 days…. Please keep checking the website as it is continually being updated: https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za/

 What safety protocols will be in place COVID-19?
All approved venues, facilities and activities will have to conform to COVID-19 safety protocols.  We would expect our visitors to do the same, thank you.

What are the key festival event offerings:

  • Virtual Knysna Forest Marathon : you’re encouraged to do your 10, 21 or 42 km run IN Knysna – suggested routes are demarcated.

Please see their Facebook page for up-to-date information https://www.facebook.com/knysnaforestmarathon/

  • Knysna Cycle Tour : 17 & 18th
    • Own Strava starts are anticipated for the mountain and road bike entrants.
    • Also, a virtual event on the Rouvy online platform.

Please see their website for up-to-date information http://knysnacycle.co.za/

Are there going to be any other sporting activities during the week?
Yes, a number of different activities and offerings will be held throughout the course of the 10 days. Participating activations can be identified by their colour-coded posters and coloured branding.  Please keep checking the detailed “Programme” as it is continually being updated: https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za

Are you limiting the numbers of people?
No, we are not limiting the number of visitors to our town.  However, numbers to activity offerings will be limited according to the COVID-19 lockdown levels at the time of the Knysna Oyster Festival.

What entertainment will there be for children?
Please keep reviewing the “Programme” as it is updated regularly on https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za .  The exciting list of offerings will include educational outings with our local SANParks Honorary Rangers.  Activities will be on offer throughout the 10 days – so we encourage you to stay for the duration.  See also information on the www.visitknysna.co.za.

What is there for families to do?
Please keep reviewing the “Programme” as it is updated regularly on https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za .  Activities will be on offer throughout the 10 days – so we encourage you to stay for the duration. Participating activations can be identified by their colour-coded posters and coloured branding.  See also information on the www.visitknysna.co.za.

What can I do and/or participate in?
Please keep reviewing the calendar of events as it is updated regularly on https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za . Activities will be on offer throughout the 10 days – so we encourage you to stay for the duration.   Participating activations can be identified by their colour-coded posters and coloured branding.  See also information on the www.visitknysna.co.za.

Where can I work in Knysna?
You can work from your accommodation (confirm with your reservation), any number of coffee shops, hotels and restaurants in the town:  they have good internet access/facilities.

Where will the festival be?
“The festival” programme is the combination of a number of venues and activities that will operate throughout the greater Knysna area so we encourage you to stay for the full 10 days.

Is there a specific venue for the festival?
Existing venues, halls, businesses, restaurants, golf courses and activity operators form the venues for the programme: please keep reviewing the “Programme” as it is updated regularly on  https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za .  Participating activations can be identified by their colour-coded posters and coloured branding.

Will there be stalls at the festival?
There will be local stalls and weekend markets around the greater Knysna area.  There will not be a central “festival venue” that will have stalls.

Can I work at the Festival? (holiday work)
You can contact participating activities/offerings to see if they have employment opportunities: these are listed on the https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za/ website.

Will there be shuttles to and from events?
There are local taxis and shuttle service operators in the greater Knysna area.  Please see https://www.visitknysna.co.za/?s=transport for more details

What is the average cost of accommodation during the festival?
Accommodation prices vary depending on your requirements.  Many accommodation establishments are running specials.  Participating venues can be found on the Knysna Oyster Festival website listings at https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za

Do I have to book in advance?
All major activations have an online booking service whereas the smaller activations and offerings may be contacted directly – for details please go to https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za .  Once you’re in the greater Knysna area, you will be able to identify participating activations by their colour-coded posters and coloured branding.

Will there be any free activities?
In the greater Knysna area, there are always a number of activities that you can do in Knysna at no cost:  bike riding, running, beach walking , forest walks and outings, music at restaurants whilst eating out, etc.  For more details, go to https://www.visitknysna.co.za/explore/ or https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za

Where will I find Oysters?
Many of the restaurants and Estuary (lagoon) boat operators offer oyster experiences.  Prices vary on offerings.  Participating food outlets can be identified by their colour-coded posters and coloured branding.

 What community programmes will happen?
The Knysna Oyster Festival is a community programme, with all activations hosted by the locals of the greater Knysna area community.  Participating activations can be identified by their colour-coded posters and coloured branding.  Please keep reviewing the calendar of events as it is updated regularly on https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za .

What contingencies are in place should the Covid-19 infection rate go up again?
All participating offerings will adhere to all relevant COVID-19 protocols for their event / activity at that prescribed levels.  Most activations are businesses that are in existence and operate at all levels of lockdown. 

Will spectators be allowed at sport matches should it take place?
This is dependent on the relevant COVID-19 regulations at the time that the Knysna Oyster Festival takes place.

What genre of live music will you have?
There will be a number of options from busking on sidewalks, live music in restaurants and coffee shops to mainstream bands.   There will be something on offer for everyone.  Performances will be on offer throughout the 10 days – so we encourage you to stay for the duration.  Please keep reviewing the programme as it is updated regularly on https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za .

Who sponsors the Oyster Festival
There is no overall sponsor:  the programme activations are run by each operator, business or offering and, where possible, the secure their own sponsors.  

Will we have the Flavours of Knysna?
There is no official “Flavours of Knysna” event, but there will be a number of culinary offerings.  Please keep reviewing the programme as it is updated regularly on https://knysnaoysterfestival.co.za .

Will there be anything happening at the Festival grounds?
The Knysna Oyster Festival is a community programme, the programme activations are all run by local operators, businesses or offerings.  Participating activations can be identified by their colour-coded posters and coloured branding.