Calamari Festival


The 2023 Calamari Festival, organised by St Francis Tourism is scheduled for Friday, 22 September and Saturday, 23 September 2023

The Festival complements the long-standing Calamari Golf & Bowls Classics and building on the success of the inaugural event in 2017, 2018 and 2019 was outstanding. With the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions no festival was possible in 2020. In 2021 we went Deconstructed and in 2022 we were back with a program of note! This year we will fill the program with a lot of fun activities for the whole family. 

The main sponsor of the Calamar Festival is Kouga Municipality, endorsing their vision of being the events capital of SA. 

The weekend kicks-off with the Calamari Tops Wine Festival on Friday, 22 September from 15h00 - 20h00 you will be able to enjoy the fine wines of at least 20 top wine farms. Enjoy the "Afterparty" from 20h00 - Lynn & Gerald will entertain us with their music and the bar will be open. Food and snacks will be available from various restaurants on the festival grounds. 

The main attraction is the Calamari Cook Off. This year we plan to have at least 20 teams competing for the title of Calamari King/Queen. Visitors to the festival will be able to buy tasting tickets to taste the different calamari dishes from the entrants and vote for their favorite dish. 

Stalls from the ever popular St Francis Market will be at the festival on Saturday, 23 September, offering you a wide variety of good quality products, yummy foods and sweet treats. 

After the success of last year's fashion show, we will again showcase our local fashion on offer. For the animal lovers we have a Best dressed Doggo competition brought to you by St Francis Animal Recue.  

For more information on the Calamari Festival, please contact St Francis Tourism on (042) 294 0076 or send us a mail to

Check out our Calamari Festival Facebook page to keep up to date with the program and events around this year's Festival.