The annual Knysna Oyster Festival drew to a close over the weekend with huge party bashes at various venues in and around Knysna. As the army of visitors and sporting enthusiasts packed up and headed for home, Knysna’s business community and residents revelled in the financial and logistical success of the event, as well as in the massive publicity and goodwill generated. Local businesses, particularly restaurants, pubs and shops, were stretched to the limit by the large numbers of visitors wishing get in on the awesome festival vibe – oyster hotspots, in particular, were extremely well patronised.
Bamboo was a hive of activity throughout the 10 days of the Oyster Festival. Friday July 1 saw the arrival of the MTB participants, as well as a number of tourists and tour operators. We were indeed privileged to have hosted the many exceptional and interesting people who elected to stay at Bamboo for their Knysna Oyster Festival visit.
Paul took time off from his development of new brands at one of South Africa’s leading alcoholic beverage companies to participate in both the MTB and Marathon events. During his 10 day stay at Bamboo, Paul became very much part of the Bamboo family and kept us all up to date with the daily festival happenings. Aspiring photographer and intrepid traveller Paul completed the 85km MTB race, the XTERRA and the half marathon.....awesome! Catch up with Paul’s blog at http://www.nielsenscolumn.com
Michelle and Donae, both from Stormsriver Adventures in Tsitsikamma, chose Bamboo as their base for a marketing drive during the festival. After a busy day promoting their canopy tours and woodcutters journeys, the girls, together with Preston, took turns at conjuring up some magic in the kitchen each night – some of the delicious meals that emerged confirmed that amateur cooks can be both competent and creative! Also a fantastic curry evening was enjoyed by all courtesy of Delene, our roving masseuse.
Anthony, a regular visitor, stayed at Bamboo for the first half of the festival, together with his family and gorgeous husky cross. Brent Kozak, Anthony’s stepson, is a highly accomplished local guitarist.
The Knysna weather over the MTB weekend was miserable and the bikers found the going extremely tough. The weary and aching bikers departed, only to be replaced by more visitors and the road race participants.
Bamboo welcomed the SAB crew tasked with erecting the marquees at the two Castle Lite promotions.
Andrea, a New Yorker now with NACOSA (The Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa) breezed into Knysna to assist with our local AIDS and TB problems.
Greg, freelance photographer and friend of Paul, arrived as a half marathon participant.
Brazil visited Bamboo in the guise of Lenny and friends from Maputo where they are currently working.
Michelle, aspirant young lawyer from Cape Town, brought to Bamboo the wonders of hope, happiness and humility.
The University of the Third Age held a midweek Scrabble and tea morning at Bamboo.
Chris, an Aliwal North boy now living in London, stayed with us together with his Polish wife Donna. Their Garden Route visit was part of a ‘reconnecting with roots’ trip for Chris.
Shayne, Stephanie, John, Gary, Adrian and a host of other runners arrived as the weekend approached.
Gabriel, Jennifer and family from Botswana broke their long journey from Gaborone to Kleinemonde with a weekend stay at Bamboo.
The four Edgemead girls, Courtney, Bronwyn, Keighley and Kelly, honoured us all by including Bamboo in their last road trip together – Kelly departs shortly for a ‘new’ life in the UK.
The runners started before dawn on Saturday gearing up for the half marathon with the weather conditions ideal. The run proved to be a great success, despite the aching muscles afterwards!
Go here for more information on the Knysna Oyster Festival 2011.