Calamari Festival

Calamari Festival

The annual Calamari Festival, organised by St Francis Tourism, will take place at the Village Green in St Francis Drive, St Francis Bay. The Festival kicks off with the Calamari Tops Wine Festival on Friday, 20 September, form 3 to 8pm and on Saturday 21 September 2019, the festivities will continue from 11am to 5pm. 

What is a Calamari Festival without calamari on the programme?

2018 MKR (My Kitchen Rules) winners, Roxanne & Spoen Green, will do two demonstrations of their culinary skills across the day, as well as judging the hugely popular Calamari Cook Off Competition.

Home cooks and professionals are challenged to go head to head in a bid to be named Calamari King 2019. Only 15 teams can take part in the cook-off, each creating their own Calamari dish using local calamari supplied by local fisheries and ingredients sponsored by Village Square SuperSpar.  The title is currently held by Joe Fish Restaurant in Cape St Francis – can you beat them? Entry fees for the Cook Off will be donated to NSRI Station 21.

A variety of craft beers, gin and wine will be available throughout the day alongside food trucks and market stalls, offering a wide variety of good quality products.  A live music stage, showcasing some of the finest talents in the Eastern Cape will entertain festival goers throughout the day.

Whilst the main festival action happens on the 21st , the Calamari weekend also offers sporting action in many disciplines such as a golf and bowls tournament, and the Nautical Half Marathon on Sunday 22 September. 

For more information on the Calamari Festival, market, food stalls or Cook Off Entries please contact St Francis Tourism on (042) 294 0076 or Hantie van der Westhuizen on 083 294 2211 or


Calamari Festival
Start Date: 20 September, 2019
End Date: 21 September, 2019
Phone: 0832942211
Venue: Village Green, St Francis Bay